Training for the Columbus Half Marathon: August Is Over!

The Columbus Marathon is in 48 days, or 1 month and 18 days from today. I have 7 weeks left to train for the Columbus Half Marathon having just finished my ninth week of training.

Training for the Columbus Half Marathon

August. What a weird month this year, am I right? It was cooler than normal, but just as humid. And despite the temperatures, I think many of us learned that the August sun is still the August sun. I fried out there more than once. And actually, during my nine mile run yesterday with my husband, I ended up overheating in the rain. In the rain! I had to stop at mile 7, take off my shirt (while simultaneously thanking Fabletics for supportive sports bras and praying that people didn’t think I was out to steal their partners because some of us run hot… literally). I mean, who overheats in the rain? This lady, apparently. Once I cooled off, I finished strong. But goodness, that felt frustrating.

Soaking Wet, Overheated, and DONE
So, no, I won’t “put my shirt on, dear” if I’m overheating. I’ll run in what I need to run in so that my body doesn’t give out on me, thankyouverymuch.

The week itself went well. I found myself on some decent runs at some decent paces. I came in on Tuesday with super fresh legs and felt like I could have run for days. I ran a medium hilly route with ease. My husband did not come in with super fresh legs and dealt with a second difficult run in a row. I know how frustrating that can feel.

Oh Hi, Flower

We fell off the Highlights Kids’ Run training this week as soccer practice for BigBrother happens twice per week now. As he runs non-stop for an hour and a half, I really didn’t see the need to force him to run another .35 on any night. LittleBrother and I ran .35 during one of BigBrother’s practices. It was hot and humid, so I slowed us way down. I think LittleBrother appreciated the slower pace and the lack of brother. It’s nice to have some one-on-one run time.


My husband and I ran a great 5.01 at the local trail on Thursday morning. While I rock hills like nobody’s business, my husband is training me at the fine art of pacing on the flats. Every time I run the trail with him, I learn more and more.

Out on the Flats

Then I accidentally ran a two-a-day on Thursday as my anxiety sky-rocketed. I pounded out a 1.03 late in our evening just to shake out the bad feelings. It worked. As it always does.

Evening Run Is Done

On Friday, I ran down into our city for the first time ever. I had been avoiding doing so because when you run down into the city, you have to run back up out of the city. In 2012, walking up that hill with my husband was so difficult. I talked myself into believing that I couldn’t run back up and out of the city. And then I ran the whole thing. I’m so darn proud of that run I could burst. I plan on doing another city run this week!

And then came our long run together: the 9 miler. Minus the previously mentioned overheating in the rain moment, I enjoyed this trail run with my husband so much. I was also glad when it was over.

Monday: Rest Day, holla.
Tuesday, run 33: 4.01 miles, 40:30, 10:06/pace
Wednesday: Highlights Kids’ Training Run with LittleBrother, .35 mile, 3:52, 10:59/pace
Thursday, run 34: 5.01 miles, 48:13, 9:38/pace, and 1.03 miles, 9:23, 9:09/pace
Friday, run 35: 5.03 miles, 51:02, 10:09/pace
Saturday: Rest day/AKA, shopping day
Sunday, run 36: 9.01 miles, 1:27:38, 9:43/pace

Sunday’s run brought my August run totals to…

94.5 miles
94.5 miles! WOO!

And my August elevation climb to…

9740.4 feet. Even more than the Pittsburgh Marathon month!

I ran for a total of 15:51:21 in August, burning 10,390 calories. Goodness.

September is upon us. Today was a “rest day,” but I swam hard for 20 minutes in my parents’ pool despite being sick. I don’t know if I have a case of early fall allergies or a My Kids Went Back to School So I Have a Cold cold. Either way, tomorrow’s run and some of this week’s runs might be slower as I need to stop and blow my nose, choke on phlegm, or generally stop to catch my breath. As long as I don’t run a fever, running remains “okay” by doctor’s standards. But I did rest a lot today, napping to and from my parents’ house and for a little while once we got there. Here’s hoping I kick whatever this is quickly.

Because I gain a mile mid-week with a 6 miler and a mile on the weekend with a 10 miler. I don’t have time to be sick right now.

Here’s to week 10!


Sunday Links: August 31, 2014


I read all the good things this week again. I love when you blog about your passions, what makes you tick, your stories, your truths. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Brave: A Father’s Love: You need tissues to read this post, but you need to read this one. The love oozing from this post makes me believe, despite the hard parts of that story, that hope and love make a difference in our world.

Dear Coffee: It’s Complicated (A Story of Anxiety, Creativity, and Caffeine: I really related to a lot of what Hannah shared about her journey with anxiety, creativity, and caffeine. I should probably write about the changes I’ve made to my caffeine consumption too in the past few months. If you’re wondering whether you should or not, check out her post. And give her some love.

Sex Positivity: A Parental Superpower for Raising Happy, Healthy, Kids: YEP. Read it. Internalize. Realize that raising kids to who have healthy thoughts and actions about sex and sexuality doesn’t happen with one singular talk. Talk now, talk often. There’s an extra link and a podcast in this post. Devour everything.

Running Playlist: Top 10 August Workout Songs from RunHundrd: I’m working on my half marathon playlist right now, so I’ll be adding some of these to my list!

Dropping the “Just”: How many times have you said I’m “just” a (insert). Mom. Wife. Blogger. Slow jogger. Read this post and cut that out. (H/t to Sassymonkey who is all about dropping the “just.”

My Relationship with Food—The Whole Story: I love when people speak honestly about where they were, what they went through, and where they are now. Too often we get silent about food issues. I love that Laura told her truth. (Of note: I cannot count calories. Can. Not.) Then while you’re over there, read her newest post, Is Running Bad for Your Joints, and save it for the next person who says, “But isn’t running bad for your knees or your back or your hips or your whatever?” Nope, nope, nope.

Did you write or read something awesome this week? Leave the link in the comments. I’d love to read it.