Marathon training: 15 down, 3 to go

Exactly 3 weeks from today I’ll be running the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon!

This week’s little cold spell has me thinking about race day weather. I tend to over dress for races and that is definitely not something I want to do for 26.2 miles. I am a planner and a little OCD about it. I know I can’t even begin to plan what I’ll wear race day until about 4-5 days out. I do however, have a few things in mind depending on the temperature.

My next thought goes to what to eat while racing. I do not use the Gu Gel stuff, it makes me gag. I use Honey Stingers chews and those are not small packages. I’m trying to figure out how to carry what I need on race day. I also tried the Advocare rehydrate gels today. They fit perfect in my running belt and I really like those.

week 15

Training this week:

Sunday: Gym day, light weights, abs and stretching

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: Run 5 miles, 9:28 pace

Wednesday: Run 5 miles, 9:31 pace

Thursday: Run 5 miles, 9:07 pace

Friday: Gym day, stretching, abs and light weights

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday (today): 20 miles!! 9:40 pace, we walked just a few times and stopped at mile 10 for about 5 minutes to refill bottles.

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Yesterday Ally had her first cross country meet. The competition there is fierce!

ally xc meet

ally xc meet 2

The weather for my 20 miler today was warm, 74 degrees with 86% humidity. We were blessed with some wind and at times the breeze was cool. We ran the trails at the lake since it’s mostly flat.

It looks like  a cool, fall day but it’s not.

20miles path

Some of the views on our run today. There are some gorgeous houses around that lake.

20miles house

I’m not gonna lie. This was tough. First 10 went pretty good, except for the pouring sweat. Second loop, about mile 15 I started to really feel it. My feet mostly, just tired. Got a little boost at mile 18, but it didn’t last long.

Oddly enough, at about mile 19.8 I felt like I could have kept going past 20. I’m hoping that’s a good sign for race day.


Me and Jennifer, my training partner. It’s her first marathon too!

20miles me n Jen

After we ran, we hit Torchy’s for breakfast. I came home and took an ice bath. Those are getting easier but still not enjoyable. Then I cleaned bathrooms, did laundry and took a short nap.

I think what woke me up from my nap was my growling stomach, so I made a smoothie.


It was a nice weekend, a little busy, but that’s life for now.

Tonight I made Shepherd’s Pie for Monday’s dinner and Quiche muffins for breakfast for a few days.

Do you food prep?

Anyone racing or training this weekend?

What’d you do for fun?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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One of those great runs!

It’s not often but once in a while a run happens to be great! Everything is in line – pace and breathing, I feel like I could just keep running! I had one of those runs this morning, it was “only” 4.28 miles but at a sub-10 pace and it was great!


 Meal prepping

I’m not a regular at prepping meals, it just happens sometimes. Sunday afternoon was one of those days. My husband grilled chicken and pineapple and I made rice and veggies for us to eat for a few days. We’ll see what we come up with for next week!


Empower Fitness

Has anyone ever used a Kettle Bell? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago when I got one from Empower Fitness. I always look at it sitting there in the gym, thinking what could I do with it? I’ve used a medicine ball with my Russian twists but not the kettle bell.

I got the adjustable one, so you can change the weight around and have anywhere from 5, 8, or 12 pounds. I’ve also used just the 4 pound add on with my sit-ups. It’s so easy to change the weight, once you figure out the “trick” to it. Each weight locks into the other.

My husband had it out of the box pretty quick, luckily I had already taken pictures of it!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*


We also finally convinced our 11 year old daughter that lifting light weights will help her softball swing, so guess who’s also been using it. I take all the weights off and she uses the Kettlebell by itself which is 5 pounds.


The whole family is enjoying this new addition to our workout routines.  Watch for an announcement soon, you will have a chance to win something from Empower!

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Are you participating in our exercise challenge this week? Shelly introduced side lateral raises here.

Did you workout today?

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*