Friday, June 22, 2012

a day in the summer life {half marathon training plan!}

so, I thought it would be fun to show you guys a day in the life now that I'm on summer vacation! that is, until I realized that I don't actually... do that much. hah. but I figured I'd show you guys what I've been up to anyway!

this morning I woke up early with a cramp in my neck and couldn't go back to sleep... so what's a girl to do? Starbucks, of course!

I also treated the lovelies working at Starbucks to some quality bedhead and sweatpant action before 7am. Sorry I'm not sorry..

had breakfast once I got home: vanilla Chobani with almond meal and some ever-present rainbow sprinkles, with a piece of toast and almond butter. This breakfast has been my favorite as of late!

I then proceeded to park my butt on the couch for a solid hour listening to country music, snuggling with my kitties, and dozing in and out of sleep. I got up a little while later and finally updated my about page and made a blog header that I finally think is going to stick around! The other one I made earlier was just a little too big with a little too much stuff going on, so I like this one much better.

And then I got to work making my half marathon training plan!! I went through the archives of some of my favorite blogs and looked at a couple of different plans before discovering the amazingness that is the Runner's World Smart Coach training plan creator! You get to customize it which definitely is what made me fall in love.

I knew that I wanted a couple of days a week to go to BodyPump and cross train, because my hips tend to start acting up when I run more than four days a week. I also knew that I didn't want too long of a plan overall, because I don't want to burn out. I also picked a day to run the half marathon (read this post to find out why I'm not running an actual race!), which happens to be the day before my family leaves for Maui! Perfect timing, no? :)

I also love that the plan automatically included specific tempo and speed work workouts because I am horrible at coming up with those! I know that I'm not going to be able to follow everything to a T (I'm going to be gone for a couple of days in the middle for UCLA orientation) but I'm going to do my best!

Here's the finalized plan!

{also, if you're wondering why I didn't do the scheduled 8-mile long run today, I ran 7.1 miles just the other day and decided that that was sufficient for my long run of the week - but other than that, I'm sticking with the plan!}

When I finished all that up I decided I should probably get my greasy bedhead in the shower! So I showered up and then headed out to meet a friend of mine for lunch at Panera.

I got the 1/2 Asian Sesame Salad and 1/2 Turkey Avocado BLT on sourdough.

The BLT was to DIE for and I definitely wish that I'd just gotten the full sandwich because the salad was just okay. Next time!

When I got home I got on the phone with a car insurance guy because someone rear ended me yesterday. Not fun! I got the crap scared out of me because the guy was going pretty fast when he hit me (I was stopped at a stoplight and he hit my car so hard it went a good couple feet forward to hit the person in front of me). Needless to say I was a panicky shaky mess for quite awhile! And both the front and back of my car are pretty banged up! :(

Aaaannd a full hour later I've only just gotten off the phone - going to take my car in to go get an estimate tomorrow.. Fingers crossed it gets fixed soon!

After all that I needed some happy thoughts - just looking at this little collage I made the other day makes me smile! "it's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most" <-- anyone else love that song? it's my current favorite!! i <3 zac brown band!

I'm off to make a snack and then head to work!

happy {official} summer everyone!

have you ever been in a car accident?
favorite summer activity?


  1. car bumps like that are the worst, I get so shaken up. Looks like a great plan! Also sprinkles in everything is my kind of way to go.

  2. Oh man sorry to hear about your accident! Other than that looks like youve had a good time; i love the look of the Chobani Greek yoghurts you get in the U.S they look so good..adding sprinkles makes them look even more fun!

  3. Starbucks, sprinkles, and panera. You clearly know what's going on. I love it haha. I've never used the runner's world smart coach but I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future. It looks like a great tool!

    1. it was really easy to use and there's plans for all sorts of distances! i'm definitely a fan!

  4. Love the header- nice work! I need to update mine one of these days... and rw custom plan is a great option. I agree with you- it's nice to be flexible, but have general guidelines to follow. Using the 7 earlier in the week as your 8 long makes total sense, good luck training!

  5. OOO I just tried the new Turkey Avocado BLT and absolutely loved it!! I really like using the Runner's World Smart Coach training plans. Good luck with sticking to it.

  6. Even little car accidents are scary! Glad you're okay!

  7. Good luck with your car! Glad that you're ok...and that training plan thing is pretty neat!

  8. I really need to try that Panera BLT - it sounds like something I would love!!
    Adding sprinkles to your yogurt = awesome idea!

  9. I LOVE THAT YOU PUT SPRINKLES IN YOUR YOGHURT. I need to get on that;) and so glad you're ok after your accident!! I've been in three car accidents, and they're so scary, so I'm so happy you're alright!!

    your half plan looks awesome!! I LOVE smart coach! I am such a GEEK and sometimes just make random plans on there for no reason...I'm cool like that;)