Half Marathon #1 of 2018

Last fall, right after finishing up the Des Moines Half Marathon (my all-time half PR), I signed up for my annual first half marathon of the year because it was half price for a day. This race is usually COLD and RAINY and is always hilly! But because of the price, I figured why not – because I could always switch to the 10K if the weather was terrible (like always).

This spring has not been kind in the way of weather. I have run outside only 3-4 times in the last 6 weeks, trying to get ready for this half marathon. It just wasn’t happening, and running long runs on the treadmill is a special type of torture. So, the furthest I ran at one time in the last 6 weeks was 8.25 miles. Every other training run was on-par and ahead of last year’s training paces, but those long runs just weren’t getting done.

I really wanted to switch to the 10K, but… the weather was looking to be great. So, given I have another half in 2 weeks, I stuck it out and didn’t switch (those who know me well knew the entire time that I wouldn’t make the switch because I’m just not capable of giving in).

I went into this half knowing that I would not beat last year’s time (my PR for this particular half marathon) and would likely not beat my 2016 time, and I did not care. I was viewing it as a training run and that was all.

I’ve never gone to a half marathon so calm in my life!!! I was so relaxed and, truly, so unprepared that my husband had to remind me to take my race bib. I got to the start line without even having my music ready to go, which is just not normal for me. I crossed the start and just locked in at a 9:17 pace and ran.

About 2 miles in, my random running playlist played, “The Gambler,” by Kenny Rogers. It spoke to me, especially this part:

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die
in your sleep

You’ve got to know what to throw away, and what to keep. I went into this one knowing that it was a throw-away – it wasn’t going to be a PR for this course and I did not care. Because of that, the race became a winner!

I’m pretty happy! To start the year faster than 2016, even with all of the failed training long runs (4 of them!), is pretty encouraging. My percentages are pretty close to last year’s, and way better than in 2016, so I’m encouraged and looking forward to the rest of the season!

This year’s race stats are (2018):

  • 589/1,113 Overall (52.92%)
  • 186/492 Women (37.8%)
  • 27/76 Division (35.53%)
  • Finish Time 2:02:47 = 9:23 Avg Pace

Last year’s race stats are (2017):

  • 429/857 Overall (50.06%)
  • 128/381 Women (33.6%)
  • 18/46 Division (39.13%)
  • Finish Time 1:59:09 = 9:05 Avg Pace

2016’s race stats are (2016):

  • 489/864 Overall (56.6%)
  • 186/422 Women (44%)
  • 30/59 Division (50.8%)
  • Finish Time 2:04:18 = 9:30 Avg Pace

Week #1 of 6 Weeks to Drop 7

Week 1 Statistics (Ending 04/20/2018)

  • Weight (157.0 last week): 155.6 pounds
    • Lost 1.4 pounds
    • Down 1.4 pounds from start
  • Body Fat % (24.7% last week): 24.4%
    • Lost/gained 0.3%
    • Down 0.3% from start
  • BMI (24.6 last week): 24.4
    • Lost/gained 0.2 points
    • Down 0.2 points from start
  • Time Spent Being Active (>= 6 hours): 6 Hours 43 Minutes 07 Seconds
    • Miles Run: 22.05 Miles
    • Number of Runs (>=4 runs a week): 4 Runs
  • Days within Calorie Goals per MFP (1200): 6 days
  • Exercise:
    • Saturday – Rest
    • Sunday – Ran 4.75 miles (46:14); Walked 0.50 miles (7:26); Upper Body (12:20); Abs (12:16)
    • Monday – Ran 8.25 miles (1:20:10); CDF MMA Speed (26:16); Hammer Abs (10:33)
    • Tuesday – CDF Power Sculpt (36:19); CDF MMA Speed 2.0 (20:26); Uptown Funk Abs *2 (9:38)
    • Wednesday – Ran 4.66 miles (45:07); Walked 0.34 miles (5:28)
    • Thursday – Ran 5K (30:48); Walked 0.45 miles (7:35); Upper Body Weight Machine (13:13); Abs (10:14)
    • Friday – CDF Agility Strength (35:47); CDF 5-min Core (5:30)
  • Notes:
    • Kicked it off right – working hard!
    • Super happy with Week 1 – exceeded weight and day loss goals!
    • I forgot how hard CDF is on my ankles… OUCH.
  • Picture of the Week
This is why I haven’t been running outside… spring forgot to arrive. I’ve run outside a total of 3 times in 4 weeks. I should have a sun tan by now but NOPE.
  • The Week’s Workouts:









  • Starting Statistics on 04/17/2018 (A Tuesday – not the typical Friday)
    • Weight: 157.0 pounds
    • Body Fat %: 24.7%
    • BMI: 24.6

Kicking Off the Big Plan – 6 Weeks to Drop 7!

I’m super excited to drop 7 pounds – it is time to get this done! Racing season is here and I don’t want to be running 13.1 miles over and over again at 157 pounds – ugh! 150 pounds will be a much more comfortable weight to carry for that kind of mileage!

Goals for these 7 Weeks (actually 6.5 weeks since I weighed in on a Tuesday):

  • Finish on 05/25/2018 with a body weight loss of 7 pounds or more (minimum target weight is 150 pounds)
  • I am targeting a loss of 1.5% or more of body fat as reported on my scale
  • I want to see major changes in my physique since I’ve been there before and know I can look a lot better
  • Complete 6+ hours a week of dedicated exercise
  • Run 4 times a week at minimum (following my trusty 6-week half marathon training plan)
  • Lift or do weight training at least 3 days a week
  • Use Core De Force for strength training and additional cardio
  • Do abdominal work at least 4 days a week
  • Stay within daily net calorie goal of 1200 calories at least 6 days a week
  • Report into My Fitness Pal daily (478 day streak already!)

Starting Statistics on 04/17/2018 (A Tuesday – not the typical Friday)

  • Weight: 157.0 pounds
  • Body Fat %: 24.7%
  • BMI: 24.6

Starting Measurements:

  • Natural Waist: 29.5 inches
  • Belly Button: 33 inches
  • Hips: 37.5 inches
  • Chest: 35.25 inches

The Workout Plan:

There will be 4 runs a week, per my training plan. On days I don’t run, I will do Core De Force (CDF) for cardio and CDF for strength training. On run days, if I decide to add some weight lifting, I’ll do that with free weights or the weight machine. Any supplemented cardio will be CDF workouts because they do incorporate strength as well. Abdominal work will be done with CDF, Hammer Abs, and on my own.


Before Photos





Weekly Stats:

  • Week 1
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
  • Week 5
  • Week 6



2018 Race Schedule

Thank God for great friends!  My best friend comes over every Sunday night for dinner and tonight, we were discussing our plan for next Sunday’s race (10K minimum or a half if the weather is great!).  That quickly led us into our weekly discussion of our 2018 race schedule and we were commenting on how we have a LONG lull between June and the fall.  She reminded me to sign up for the DSM half in October and I said, “oh, yeah, I registered for that last fall already.”

“Um, I don’t think so – they just sent out the registration email a couple of weeks ago.”


A quick email search confirmed what Emily already knew – I was not registered for the IMT DSM half marathon.  Rates go up in a week.

I registered on the spot.

I’m usually way more on top of my schedule but the weather this “spring” has not been conducive to running and training.  I am not kidding – I’ve run outside only 3 times so far in this training session and last year at this time, I had a great tan already on my shoulders, face and back from running outside.

It’s been depressing.

I’m behind schedule and will likely convert next Sunday’s registered half marathon to a 10K because I have not run more than a 10K yet at one time (running more than 7 miles on the treadmill is a special kind of torture).  That race is a week earlier this year than in the past, so I really got a late start with the weather.  I’m OK with bumping down to the 10K.

I will run a half two weeks later and then another one a few weeks after that.  I need to find something to keep me motivated in the middle of summer to keep me on my 6-week training rotation through the fall and the DSM half (now that I’m registered!).

4/29 – Drake Relays ROADS Half Marathon or 10K (registered)

5/6 – Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon (registered)

5/12 – Market to Market 75-mile relay (of which I have 3 legs totaling 12+ miles) (registered)

6/2 – Dam to Dam 20K (last year EVER for this iconic road race) (registered)

9/16 – Capital Pursuit 10-mile (not registered yet)

10/21 – IMT DSM Half Marathon (registered)

My husband wants to run a race together this year and I’m looking for something fun for us to do.  It would be fun to run a 10K with him (because a 5K is over and done too quickly!) like old times!  Maybe a fun trail race… hmm…..



Here I Go…

We have been doing some serious traveling this “spring,” (in quotes because we just got 1.5″ of seriously not-melting-today snow last night) and the indulgences have caught up to me. Despite still running and lifting multiple days a week, I haven’t been giving it my all and I need to drop 7 pounds immediately.


When we got home from 10 days in Hawaii, I’d only gained 2.5 pounds, but then we left again to see my sister in Virginia. And we had a good time! Good food, more than one beer for the first time in OVER A YEAR (I had 4-5), cocktails, snacks, and only one day of running over 4 days pudged me up.

I’ve just finished my schedule for the next 6 weeks and it’s aggressive. It’s appropriate. It’s necessary.

I have a half marathon in 3 weeks and because of the weather, I’m behind on my long runs. I’m running a 10K next week because I couldn’t get trained for the half in time. I’m feeling so not ready.

I need to get ready.

Here I go!