After my best week ever in blogging, I had a really awesome week running too! I seemed to have a little more motivation and having nicer than normal February Ohio weather made it easy to get some longer runs in during the weekend too! So, yay for that!
I had a really good conversation with one of my friends Rachel too about what mileage I should be aiming for while training and it helped a lot! She helped me determine that I should be doing two runs on the weekend because during the week I really don’t have the time to commit to anything longer than 5ish, maybe 6 on a lunch run. The new goal is to hi 20-25 miles per week for the next month, and then up it to 25-30 miles per week in March, and then 30-35 miles per week in April. Then up to 40 a week before my taper. It seems pretty high, but I’m excited to have someone else’s input on my plan of attack. The goal this year is to be faster than last year, which should be fairly achievable. Also, (shameless plug) but Rachel is not only a fellow Ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon, she’s a certified trainer, so you can get her help too if you need some advice on how to tackle your next race too.
Here is how last week went:
Total: 21.8 miles
Monday- I did a 30 min core class that was more of a core cardio and it was killer, but awesome and ran a mile after before I high tailed it back to work
Wednesday- got in 4 solid miles on the track at lunch
Thursday- 2 miles on the track and then knee pain struck, so hot up the elliptical for another 1.5 miles
Saturday- It was a busy morning with the kids but got a solid 6.5 miles in outside in some really nice weather
Sunday- 8ish miles with Lynanne who was freshly back from the Florida sun! it wasn’t quite Florida weather, but outside in Mid-February in Ohio, I’ll take it!
Now, for what you are probably waiting for, or maybe you already scrolled down to find out the winner of the race giveaway is Amy L! (I used the miniwebtool/ random-name-picker to choose).
Congrats to Amy for winning!!!! I can’t wait to see the shirts and Medal this year too Amy!
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and be sure to follow the other Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors to check out the other race giveaways that are happening each week! Follow these guys for some awesome inspiration too! These people are incredible!
Here's to another great week of running!
This is it!
The Crème de le crème of weeks in blogging! Just as I finished my workout today I saw that the Cleveland Ambassador of the week was posted and it’s me! Honestly, this is year 2 as an ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and I still pinch myself! I am truly honored to be in the presence of some of the most dedicated and driven athletes I have ever met. And to be completely honest, at first I thought when I met these people that I wouldn’t fit in because I’m just a mom that runs for fun. I don’t always stick to a strict schedule of training but boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong! These people are not only bomb ass runners, but unwaveringly supportive, caring, and kind. I am so lucky to be able to just be ME and call these people my friends!
So, if you are lacking any kind of motivation, please check out their blogs, IG, and FB pages and you will not be sorry.
The other super fun thing about this week is that I officially have a new blog name!
Since I have really been blogging more about running than anything else the last few years, I just thought it was kind of fun to make it different and re-invent the old blog a little bit. So, Running with Jazzhands it is! I hope you like it as much as I do!
Last week was a good one training wise and I had little to no knee pain so I’m taking that as a HUGE win! Also, I’m pretty excited to start getting more miles in. I looked at my Nike app and it looks like I’m right on track to where I was last year.
Monday- 3 miles on the track at lunch
Tuesday- 1 quick mile and 10 minutes on the rowing machine (that left a nice little blister on one hand, but it was a good arm workout) and some core
Wednesday- 3 miles on the track at lunch
Friday- 4.5 miles after work on the track
Sunday- 4.5 miles outside in the beautiful weather!
So, now the part you are all excited about! This week I’m so excited to give away one entry to any distance of your choice: 5K, 8K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon, just not the challenge series. If you are already registered I can’t give you your money back, but I can meet you at the start line for a high five and to throw some glitter at you! Please share with our friends that you’d like to peer pressure into running with you! Because running with a buddy makes it even more fun!
To enter to win:
1. Comment below on why you like running in Cleveland! (mandatory)
2. For a bonus entry (or 2), share my IG or FB post about this blog post and tag me in it. I’m mbix66 on IG and Running with Jazzhands on FB
Please enter by noon on Monday February 8th when I will post this week’s recap and will announce a winner!