Officially Back to Training!

Yesterday was my first official day back to training after a week off to rest my calf! I eased back in with just two miles on the treadmill followed up by some core work.

I’m happy to be writing in this little beauty again:


The Miami Half is less than two weeks out now! As I mentioned last week, I’ll just be running this one for fun. I had planned for this race to be a PR attempt, but after the calf strain my coach and I decided it was best to just take it easy.


^ The 2014 Miami Half medal (photo credit:

I’ve got the Fort Lauderdale A1A half in February that I will ABSOLUTELY go for a new PR at! It’s probably better that way since I know the Fort Laud. course like the back of my hand and I am unfamiliar with the Miami course!

This Fort Lauderdale race will be my last chance to PR until November since there will be no more half marathons until the fall around here. That means I have to hit the starting line giving it my all!

In the mean time I’m really looking forward to running Miami. This will be half marathon #4 for me!! Four is my lucky number so I am planning to have a great day!

In non-running news yesterday was just a typical Venti kind of Monday.


I sat in the office doing my work thing while this guy stayed home being the cutest bum ever.


I love those little whiskers!

I hope your week is off to a good start and that you’re killing your training!

How many miles are you planning to run this week? 25 miles this week.
How many days a week do you cross train? I’m currently trying to up my XT to 4 days a week.




  1. January 13, 2015 / 7:07 am

    How does the pages of that book look? Is it anything special in it? I’m kind of curious about it haha it looks so pretty :3
    It’s good you’re taking it so good and will run the Miami half just for fun 🙂 I bet you’ll have a great time! 😀
    When I have to run on the treadmill I don’t plan miles (or km, as I use), but I’ll run at least 4 times this week.

    • January 13, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      There are SO MANY special things inside of it! There are tips from pro-runners, a place to plan out your races and goals, motivational tips and a really nice area to track all of your workouts. I will tweet you a picture tomorrow (I would do it now but my phone is dead, haha)!

  2. January 13, 2015 / 7:54 am

    Yay for us both getting back into running! I only have about 11 miles planned for this week but it’s better than the big fat 0 I have been seeing! I typically run 3 days a week and XT 3 days a week and rest one day. It seems to be working so far!

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      That sounds like a great schedule and I bet it helps you to avoid burnout!

      You kicked things off with an awesome 5-miler!

  3. January 13, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Those come back runs after a long rest or injury are amazing. It returns your body and mind back to a state of normalcy. A bit of me feels list when I haven’t been running.

    I agree with your plan to take this half easy and shoot for the PR in February.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      YES! Getting back into my routine where I come home from work and immediately know what I need to do (go running) does re-establish a sense of normalcy! I missed that familiar routine last week!

  4. January 13, 2015 / 8:31 am

    Yay for being back to running!!!!! That is so great!!!
    I am trying to make sure I keep cross training. I am thinking about trying yoga later this week at a studio in a nearby town. I am really enjoying cross training so far this time around! 🙂 Oh, the venti how I miss it! I haven’t had one in quite some time and it is very depressing! Hope you have a great day!!

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      I really want to stop being a wimp and try Yoga and other group classes this year! Your spin class experience sounded like such a great time!

  5. January 13, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Glad to hear you’re back to training, and I know that either way you will do great at the Miami Half! 😀 I hope for cool(er) weather on your race day!

    I have 15 miles on my schedule this week with 1-2 days of cross-training built in (depending on if rest is needed) this week!

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:04 pm

      THANK YOU, I really appreciate it because some cool(er) weather would be so nice!

      Since I run 6 days a week I’m trying to figure out the best way to incorporate more cross training without completely overwhelming myself!

  6. January 13, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I’m planning to try a short run tomorrow before body pump, and if that goes well I will probably also run Thursday and Saturday. Maybe a total of 12-15 miles?
    I have been using my journal even when I am not running, but I am excited to start writing in my mileage again!

  7. January 13, 2015 / 9:28 am

    You got the Believe journal! Don’t you just love it?!?

    It’s so weird that you all are concluding your season next month….up here we are still waiting about 3 more months for ours to BEGIN! I really don’t envy you southern states having your peak races in Jan and Feb. I can’t imagine training for a marathon with some of my highest mileage falling during the holiday season, crikey!

    I’m probably only going to run about 20 miles this week. I’d explain more, but, you saw my post yesterday. Fighting my way out of this slump one week at a time. Tomorrow though I’m going to a new Yoga for Athletes class that my friend teaches so hopefully that will be a good XT workout!

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      I honestly don’t know how anyone trains for a full marathon down here at all. I’ve heard SO MANY horror stories of it being in the low to mid 80s on marathon day. Granted in Portland last year it warmed up to the 80s, but at least at the beginning it was nice and cool!

      Can’t wait to hear about the Yoga for Athletes class!

  8. January 13, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I’m hoping to get my mileage back up slowly after a long period with minimal miles!!!
    Glad your calf is better – so excited to see what you do in the next couple of half marathons you have planned!

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      You will be back up to higher mileage in no time. You’re already well on your way!

  9. January 13, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    omg, that Miami medal photo… it looks so beautiful there!

    Congrats on being back to training! That must feel great after having an injury for a few weeks.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      Right? Now that I’m just running Miami as a training run I am excited to relax and take in all the sights! Maybe I can even snap a picture or two on the course!

  10. January 13, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Eeeee good luck this weekend! Sometimes racing just for fun and not for time is an awesome way to remind ourselves of why we love the sport so much and to just enjoy the journey.

    37 miles last week, 31 this week! I run 5 days a week and take 2 days completely off. Realllly trying to stay injury free up in huuuur.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      It’s next weekend, but thank you, I will take the luck for my long run this weekend anyway 😀

      Nice mileage!!! I am looking forward to ramping back up to the 30s!

  11. January 13, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Yay, running!

    I’m impressed with 25 miles! I’m trying to work towards 20 miles being routine (currently more like 12 – 15, perhaps closer to 18 – 20 when training specifically for a half); being slower it feels like it takes so much time to get in the mileage in that would appear to be fairly standard from reading other blogs and such.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:13 pm

      I definitely know about being slower, haha!

      I enjoy spending about an hour each night running as a way to relax and decompress from work, but I know that can be a big time commitment. I’ve been doing 25-35 miles per week for two years now though so it’s just part of my daily routine. You run faster races than me though, so maybe I should try your sched.!

  12. January 13, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    I’ll probably run 35-40 miles per week. I haven’t been following a training plan but just running how I feel like…but I think I’m going to start planning out some runs soon to change things up 🙂

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:13 pm

      WOW up to 40 mpw and you’re not even training for anything? That’s incredible!

  13. January 13, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Cheers to running again and logging miles in your training journal! I think if I tried to run the Miami Half Marathon, I’d end up laying on the beach next to that gorgeous turquoise water. It would at least be very tempting. I think I have around 25 miles on my schedule this week, but we’ll see if I can get em all done. One of my best friends is coming to visit this weekend and we might have too much fun…

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:15 pm

      Whoo enjoy every minute with your friend! Maybe she’ll log a couple of miles with you (for fun)? haha

      The water does look incredible. Now that I’m running the race as a training run instead of a PR attempt I may try to take a picture of two along the course!

  14. January 13, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Good that you’ve healed & are back at it! The Miami half will be here before you know it!

  15. January 13, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    I am glad you have a couple races lined up and that you know the Fort Lauderdale course so well so you can PR!

    How do kitties contort like that!?

  16. January 13, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    It’s great that you are back to running! Hopefully we will bump into each other at the Miami half but if I don’t see you I hope you have a great race!. I am trying to increase my cross training days as well and stick with 3 running days a week (while still enhancing the quality of my running workouts). Hopefully that will go well 🙂

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:16 pm

      YOU TOO! I’m sure you’ll rock it…. and it will be your first race with your new Garmin!!

  17. January 13, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Such a beautiful picture – I am sure you will get our version of that shot once you are #MiamiFamous. My favorite stretches of the course (1) view from the first bridge you get a nice sunrise and (2) running along ocean drive with the art deco buildings.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      I can’t wait! Despite working in Miami I hardly ever spend time in Miami except going to and from specific places, so I am excited to explore it by foot and see what I’ve been missing out on in my own backyard!

  18. January 13, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    Happy to hear the calf is better and you’re back at it. Good luck at the race!