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Half Marathon Training Starts Now

Happy Friday! How was your work week? Usually short weeks feel long but this week surprisingly flew by. That’s a win in my book. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Do you ever have nights were you are convinced you don’t move at all in your sleep? That was me last night. I think every hair on my body woke up in the exact position that I fell asleep in. I felt so energized as I got ready for work. For breakfast, I had my standard meal of scrambled eggs and toast.

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In the fall, I was looking at races to do in the spring. I have found that I’m more motivated to run if I have a race in the future and then I pick a goal for the race. I signed up for the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon that will be held in mid-April and I can’t wait! I had a 3 mile tempo run yesterday which was the first time I worked on half marathon paces. My splits were 8:55, 8:58 and 8:46, which was right on target. A goal of mine this year is to add in strength training. I’m starting small so I just did 10 squats, and 10 lunges for each leg twice through. Once that was done, I needed a nice stretch and recovery session.

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I was finally able to finished Andrew Winer’sΒ “The Marriage Artist”. To be honest, I just thought it was okay. The synopsis on the cover flaps made it seem like it would be more captivating in my opinion. This isn’t to say the book was bad by any means (I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads) but I didn’t think it was amazing. The link between the present day and the past seemed like a weak one at best. If you enjoy books that connect different stories you might like this one. I’ll leave it at this – if someone were to ask me for a book recommendation, this wouldn’t be on my list.

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Dinner last night was leftovers from Monday. I heated up the chicken and rice in the oven and paired it with a bowl of salad. Alex had a work thing that went later than expected so I ended up eating on my own. To fill the silence, I finished “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”. The ending was a little disappointing! I thought they could have ended it better but Netflix chose what they chose. There were some good points and now I want to rewatch the original series.

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While I waited for Alex to get home, I got started on my next book.Β “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand”Β by Helen Simonson is one that I think my grandma recommended to me a while ago. She’s usually good about books I should read so when I saw it at the library I picked it up. Alex got home and we chatted for a bit before heading to bed.

Question of the day: Do you have any races this spring?

 

28 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training Starts Now”

  1. Ohhh good luck with the start of training! I’m sure you will do great.
    Thanks for the book suggestions too.
    Have a great weekend, Maureen!

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    1. Thank you! The half is on Sunday April 15th.
      I felt like they could have made it better. According to my cousin, the way the revival ended was how they wanted the original series to end… Not how I would have liked that!
      Thanks Erinn! Enjoy your weekend as well.

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  2. I don’t have any races coming up this spring but there’s a chance I might be able to sign up for something in the fall! Best of luck with training! Building strength is totally the way to go! 😁

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    1. You totally should sign up for something in the fall! Fall is awesome since it’s typically cooler and what I consider “perfect” running weather. I’m so excited to build strength! Enjoy your Friday night πŸ™‚

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  3. Good luck with your training!! I know you’re going to do awesome!!

    I LOVE chicken and rice! It’s even better for leftovers!

    I’m running a half marathon in March so I’m pretty excited to see how it turns out! I’m crossing my fingers for a PR!

    Have a great weekend girl!

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  4. Yay for signing up for a half! You are going to rock it, Maureen! I know what you mean about it helping you to get excited and train hard! I don’t think I’m doing any races this spring… maybe I’ll walk the adoption 5k I did last year, but this time I’ll bring Mavis instead of one of my pet sitting clients!

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      1. Honestly with a race, there’s other people so even if you’re not running with someone you’re running with them if that makes sense. Plus with other people you’ll want to keep up and I bet your competitive side will come out.

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