GBN: Week 7

This week was both hit and miss. I struggled with being overtired and under the weather. It took a lot of convincing to get myself out the door at all, let alone getting out for a run!

Not gonna lie, when I wasn’t at work this weekend, I spent the rest of the time lounging around and taking cat naps.

During the week, I worked, ran errands and attended calling hours. Not the best week. And not much motivation to run.

I didn’t get a long run in, but the runs I did do were solid and fast! I was all about speed.

Monday-Hill Repeats. There is a steep hill near our house. About  a mile away, to be exact. We walked to the hill as a warmup and then sprinted to the top, jogged back down and repeated 5 more times. The last time we jogged back down, we jogged home. This workout was tough. I had to work that night and my legs were heavy…heavy jello. They were still tight on Wednesday morning. This came out to be about 4.5 miles including warmup and cool down.


Such a nice day!


Wednesday-2.5 mile night run. The hubs and I were dying to test out our new headlamps (purchased for the Ragnar Relay, of course), so we headed out for a quick little jog. I averaged an 8:39 pace-I definitely surprised myself!

This is my “What the heck do I have on my head?” face

Thursday-2 miles during lunch. I didn’t wake up early enough to run this morning, so I decided to pound the pavement on my lunch break. My place of work isn’t in a good location for pedestrians, so I had to drive into town. I did two miles at an even 9 minute pace. I felt good and wished I could have done at least another mile, but I was short on time.


It was hot. Ick.

Overall: Like I said, this week was both good and bad. My total mileage was ridiculously low and I had trouble getting out the door, but I got some good pace-work in. I’m feeling confident about my speed but I need those long runs!

Another plus: I lost another couple of pounds and am slowing creeping out of my “skinny” pants. Weird!

You all are still totally welcome to add me on MyFitnessPal (username nre820) and send me early morning emails to get my butt outta bed in the morning! (noellesnotebook@ Any help is greatly appreciated!

Happy Running!

GBN: Week 6

Week 6 was a huge success. I got in some quality running and I am feeling stronger than ever. I didn’t get in as many runs as I would have liked, but the running I did do was high quality.

I also have some big news. I’ve mentioned that I’ll be running the Adirondack Ragnar Relay at the end of September…it’s a 193 mile relay completed by a team of 12. I am so excited for the chance to do this. But now… I have something else to train for!


It’s official!

 I did the 2009 Army Ten Miler and although I didn’t properly train for it, I managed to finish with an okay time. I am super excited for another chance to do it. Huge thank you to James Brown for the opportunity! This year, the race is 2 days before my 25th birthday. I’m considering it an early birthday present to myself.

Anyway, onto week 6!

1. Friday Morning-4.6 Miles, with hills. I was so tempted to hit the snooze, but I knew I wouldn’t get a run in if I did… so I headed out. I realized that it’s time to start training. This was one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time. It was hard, but overall it was a great run.


Smiles and sunshine

2. Tuesday night-brisk two miles.  So Tuesday morning, after waking up late, I packed a bag full of running clothes and decided I’d have to pound the pavement in the dark. The hubs and I headed to a regular running spot and did a fast two miles


So sticky.

3. Wednesday-6.3 miles. This was meant to be a bit of a recovery run, as I had pushed myself the night before. I ended up averaging about a 9:54 pace, although my last mile was much faster. I felt good. Really good.


This is my “I just ran 6.3 miles?” face.

4. Thursday-4.6 easy, with a long slow hill. My legs felt pretty tight today, so I slowed up a bit. It felt good to unwind and just… run!

I am still getting used to the new running shoes, but so far they feel good!

Total Mileage:17.5

Overall, this week was a good one. My office is currently under construction-and a bit crazy. The restaurant has been busy…and I’ve been busy, besides. With all of this, I’ve been drained and getting up in the morning has been next to impossible…but I’ve been making time to run, regardless and that is the most important part. I felt really good about all the workouts I did and am still surprised at what I am able to do.

I still want to get into the habit of running in the morning and I am going to work on picking up some speed for next week.

With another race to train for, I definitely have some new incentive.

See you next week…and happy running!