Here we go again. I’m about to do something crazy. I’ll briefly mention that my foray into the unknown world of Ignite presentations went surprisingly well at Fitbloggin. It could have been the many well wishers online, the support of my blog buddies Lena, Debra, or Alyse and Jaime sitting in the front row, or the fact that I was scheduled to speak during the second half of the program. OR…. maybe it was that delicious glass of wine I gulped down to calm my nerves and that fact that Ryan Gosling’s hey girl for bloggers was on every other slide. Mmm Pinot and Ryan, they do a body good.
My favorite result of the presentation is that people tweet me to say “Hey Girl”. I get a kick out of that.
Before I tell you the incredibly crazy thing I’m up to next, I want you to know why this is so crazy. This was a lazy summer compared to last year. I only raced once and didn’t really have a set training schedule. For a while there I was trying to do more speed work and succeeded in 3 sessions. The rest of the blazing hot months were filled with scattered runs and lots of lounging, dining, and traveling to conferences. My running group sent me a training schedule for the full marathon that doesn’t begin until October 15. And guess what I have coming up?
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Oh yes friends. But not just a half marathon. No no that would be mildly nuts without more training. I am signed up to do the Hat Trick. Runner’s World is holding their inaugural half marathon weekend this month and I was selected along with other Fitfluential ambassadors like Amanda from Run to the Finish (who will be my roommate!! Yay!) to run it. We had the option to sign up for the Hat Trick as well which is 3 races in 24 hours.So I figured why not. I’m already going to be there that weekend so I may as well live it up and participate.
5k 8 a.m.
10k 9:30 a.m.
Half Marathon 8:30 a.m.
Extra incentive: medals for each race and a special Hat Trick hat. What can I say, I’m a sucker for bling and strangely drawn to insane challenges. Worst case scenario, I’ll use it as an opportunity to report the events as a blogger.
Now in order to make this as minimally painful as possible, I am subjecting myself to a mini bootcamp I’ll call: Don’t be a Wimp Chica! For the next 18 days I plan on pushing my body while working out and also by eating clean. Every weekend I’ll be simulating the double runs on Saturdays by running some miles, resting an hour and running some more to help with the 5k and 10k. Sundays will be spent doing long runs to simulate tired legs from the previous day. Weekdays will be cross training and short runs to rev up my cardiovascular fitness.
I’ll be using the treadmill cheat sheet below for runs in the early morning or when it’s wet outside. I love how it tells you exactly what each treadmill pace would result in finish times for the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, and full. I recommend printing it out and taking it with you to keep it handy for the gym. Just click on the picture below or the source link for the complete PDF file online.
During all this
madness preparation I’ll be participating in Vlogtober. It’s a challenge for bloggers to vlog every day this month. I designed the button for sweet Molly who put together the challenge for us. Thank you Molly!! It’s scary to get on camera to film yourself but I think this challenge will help a lot of us get more comfortable with the medium. It’s definitely not too late to join. Just save the button below and put it up on your blog side panel. Leave your youtube channel in the comments below so I can follow and support you!
For my first video I just edited a mini review of the Eye Rock Stick on EyelIners from Birchbox. I’m a goober I know.
Many more “interesting” videos are sure to come, especially since I just got this baby yesterday:
I won the mini trampoline at Fitbloggin for this tweet entry:
So let that be a lesson to all of you. When someone says have fun, you better go have fun You never know what awesome ninja equipment can come your way as a result.
I heard one of their trainers is teaching his pup how to bounce on it so you know I’ve got my ear to the ground waiting for those tips. I think I’ll video Charlie’s reaction tonight once it’s set up. I’m curious to see if he can even watch me do it though since the poor thing is afraid of just about everything including umbrellas. Maybe he was in a bad singing in the rain montage in another life?? I wish I knew.
Catch ya later peeps.
Any great fall recipes I should try?
Are you going to try vlogging?
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