A fairly quick and uneventful update this week (hooray for uneventful!). Last week I was determined to follow my schedule and not procrastinate workouts and I’m happy to report that happened, although I’m not going to lie, I was more tired last week than I’ve ever been thanks to waking up pre-6 a.m. most mornings (the plan was to go to bed early, but…yeah, that didn’t happen).

The Week’s Workouts:

-Monday: ran 3 miles early a.m., got a later start and needed to be back home for morning scripture study with the family and school prep so I ran fast (ok, fast for me) and logged about 9 minute miles; I almost threw up and had a fantastic sideache to prove it (but I did get home in time, so there is that)

-Tuesday: did a weight-training video that killed my quads and triceps in a good way

-Wednesday: ran 3 miles on the treadmill, brutal as the treadmill ever is for me

-Thursday: ran 4 miles early a.m.

-Friday: rest day (had planned to do some stretching or yoga but instead got to watch my friend Deb’s seven kids while she had baby #8 – I spent most of the day with multiple kids on my lap and loved every minute!)
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-Saturday: early morning 8 mile run; thanks to last week’s run, I told myself that mentally I could do this (but hoped my legs wouldn’t give out). I’ve classically been a solo runner but arranged to run this one with my friend, Areli, who is running her first half marathon next week! We met up around 6 a.m. and ran 8 miles together and then she finished her remaining two miles (rock star!). I was surprised, actually, how fast the time went when I had someone to talk to while running since I almost always run by myself. I’m pretty sure we solved all of the world’s major problems in the hour and a half we ran together. We snapped this picture later on in the day at the soccer fields where my kids were playing. We looked much less put together while running, trust me.
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Next Week’s Workouts:

-Run 2 miles Monday (kind of relieved about this since my right hip flexor is killing me right now), cross-train or weights on Tuesday, 5 miles on Wednesday, 3 miles on Thursday, and on Friday I’m tagging along with a friend, Jessica (who has commented on these running updates and that’s how I got to know her), for a 5:30 a.m. hot yoga class which is completely new, uncharted, very scary territory for me. And can’t forget 8 miles on Saturday.

Speaking of Jessica, she is an amazing jewelry-maker and out of the blue sent me this beautiful necklace last week. Talk about a wonderful pick-me-up! I’ve been wearing it every day as a talisman of sorts – keeping me motivated and determined that I can do this (crazy or not!). I adore it; thank you, Jessica!
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Short and sweet this week!

How was your running/exercise week?

17 Responses to Training Update: Week #14

  1. Liz says:

    YEA for a great week for you … and for Areli !! And I love the necklace as well as Jessica’s other jewelry on Etsy – thanks for the link.

    My own week was mixed – I’m not training for an event, just getting back into shape with some walking, some walk-running and normal Spring chores in my yard and woods. My goals are to get out every day for at least 4 15 minute sessions of one of the above and I mostly did but am also nursing a sore hip flexor and the same side knee which were almost better until this morning when I tripped over a rock in the woods. Ice is my friend this afternoon! …also Advil. Cheesh!!

    • Mel says:

      Liz – good for you for getting out and about so often during the day but for heaven’s sake, watch out for those rocks! I don’t want you getting badly injured, friend!

  2. Your training looks great. Can I ask, what weight-training video did you do?

    • Mel says:

      Hey Mary Jo – I’ve been doing Chalean Extreme (my cousin lent me her set) for the last couple weeks for weight training and I am loving it. A lot, a lot. I’m not doing the official “program” set forth in the DVD’s, just picking and choosing a video and I’m loving how effective it feels for me.

  3. Nadia says:

    Woohoo! You go, girl! I’m training for the Utah Valley Half as well!

    Love your necklace! Wish I had something like that to push me along! šŸ™‚

    I’ve never ran with anyone before, but have always been curious about it.

    I’m doing 10 miles this Saturday and I’m a bit freaked out because my 6 miler last Saturday was anything but great. We can do it!

    • Mel says:

      I’m so happy you’ll be running the Utah Valley Half, too, Nadia! Good luck on your 10 miler. You are right, we CAN do this!

  4. A says:


    I will never forget the first time I ran double digits and would love to help you accomplish your goal. Do you live in UT County by chance? I’ll run with you Saturday if you are willing to get up extra early (as in 5:30 a.m.). So sorry for the early morning running request, but I have to leave for the airport by 8:30 a.m. and I want to give myself time. Running with someone is always so much better. Your 10 miles will go by in a hurry. I promise! I trained for my first marathon last summer. My sweet sister-in-law and dear friend would run portions of my long runs with me. It made all of the difference!!

    Sorry, Mel, not sure how to reach Nadia directly. šŸ™‚

  5. A says:

    And I just realized that my comment might create a creeper alert. Sheesh! I swear I’m a normal runner (as far as normal runners go ;)) who empathizes with others when they are going the distance, and I am not fast. I average between a 9:30 and 10:00 pace. If you need someone faster, I’m not your girl. You can reach me at ramberhunteratyahoodotcom if you are interested. No pressure! Good luck to all who are training for their first half! You are amazing!!

  6. Areli says:

    Thanks for running with me! You helped those 10 miles fly by:) can’t wait to do it again!

  7. Jessica says:

    Wow, Mel! Thanks for the shout-out. Can’t wait to yoga with you this week. Great job on your runs and great job solving the world’s problems. šŸ™‚

  8. Laurie says:

    Way to go on the running! I remember training for my triathlon and running was the worse part for me since I’m a natural swimmer. And speaking of swimming, I was only able to get to the pool once last week but I had an awesome swim! Swam 2,250 yards in an hour. Then went for a nice long 3 mile walk on Friday evening. Goal this week: get to swim practice twice… which all depends on my six month old’s sleep schedule! Keep it up Mel!

    • Mel says:

      I can’t even imagine swimming for an hour, Laurie! You are amazing! A triathlon is a dream that will probably never come to fruition since I’m a terrible swimmer. Good luck!!

  9. Rachael says:

    Loved your comment about hip flexors because mine are killing me! I ran 11 on Friday, 6 on Saturday, rested on Sunday, and then ran 12 on Monday and cried a little when I realized that my training schedule has me routinely running 12 mid-week in a couple of months and that will no longer count as my long run. By yesterday I felt like death so I only ran 3, and then 5 today. Too many hills.

    So the Runner’s World yoga videos have some awesome hip flexor work. Just sayin’ since that is totally what’s getting me through right now.

  10. Sarah says:

    I have followed your blog for a while and love your recipes. I had been looking for some ‘real’ food recipes that work for an actual real family and your are awesome! Thank you so much! I also wanted to thank you for inspiring me to start running. I am starting very small with a 5K, but it was reading your journey that sparked me to try it. I am using the Couch to 5K app and it is really helping me. Thanks again for the updates!

    • Mel says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I am excited you are getting into running – as a newbie runner myself, it’s been fun/hard/rewarding/worth it (most days!). Keep me posted on your progress!

  11. Cara says:

    I couldn’t figure out why you weren’t blogging, until I realized that I had changed emails and wasn’t getting your updates, OOPS! Way to go on your running!!! This week has been bittersweet as the marathon I had planned to run is this Saturday. So, my goal is to get out there and crank out 7 miles. The longest I’ve been able to go is 5 lately….

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