training report: week 1/9

January 10, 2017

Miami Beach 1/2 Training – Week 1
(coming back from illness)

M – 3 miles, 79F, ave 9:47/mi, ave HR 169


W – 4 miles, 73F, ave 9:37/mi, ave HR 178
5 minute leg strength work (bodyweight stuff – nothing crazy)


F – 5 miles, 64F, ave 9:48/mi, ave HR 175
5 minute core workout


S – 6 miles, a glorious 54F, 9:29/mi, ave HR ?? (didn’t pick up HR on this run I think my battery was too low)

quite a lovely route
1) I am running faster (though certainly still not setting any records).  
2) I think part of this is that I know someone is ‘watching’ my paces
3) Part of it is that it FINALLY COOLED DOWN!  (unfortunately this is not going to last)
4) Part of it might be nutritional in that I’ve finally managed to get back to healthier eating habits 
5) Part of it might be those ‘rest’ days!  It’s actually really refreshing not to run on legs completely tired out from barre3.  Hmm.
6) Finally, part of it might be the Hamilton soundtrack I have been playing on repeat.  Such great running music.  I’m sure it has entertained many during a half or marathon.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of it soon, but it has been fun to just allow myself to indulge in replaying this at high volume.  
On to week 2!!


  • Reply Sara B. March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Love this! You’ll have to share your short strength / core workouts – I dumped all strength work to prioritize running after the baby – it’s just too much to plan to go to the gym along with everything else, but I’d love to squeeze in something quick. And ditto on Hamilton – despite having it stuck in my head far too often, I keep listening. 55 minutes of my well-crafted Disney Marathon playlist were devoted to the fastest of Hamilton.

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I think you’re on to something with the "fresh legs go faster" thing. I definitely notice this in my running and in my jumping (for my HIIT workouts)—if I’ve done weights/barre the day before, my legs can’t do as much. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Maybe save barre for strengthening your legs in between training periods. Would that I could find some headphones that work for me, so I can listen to music when I run…I miss it.

  • Reply victoria March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I’m in Orlando and the cold front has definitely improved my running times this week.

    Question – husband and I are coming to Miami for date weekend. Do you have a favorite restaurant recommendation?

  • Reply leebecknell March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    The only problem with listening to the Hamilton soundtrack is that I always, always get all teary during the "It’s quiet uptown" song.

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