Very Inspiring Bloggers and Week 3 of WG Marathon Training

First, I’d like to thank Rob from Weight2lose2013 for nominating me as a “Very Inspiring Blogger”!  For those of you who don’t know Rob, you should definitely go check out his page!  He has an off the wall, fun sense of  humor and shares some great throwback Thursday music videos.  Not to mention, he’s one of the most kind and supportive people I’ve met on WordPress!! 🙂

The rules for accepting this award are to share 7 random things about yourself, then pay it forward by nominating 15 fabulous bloggers as “Very Inspiring Bloggers”.  Easy enough, right!?

7 random facts/things you may not know about Running Betty:

  1.  My middle name is Louise, the same middle name my mother has.  It’s a bit “old fashioned” so I got teased about it as a kid, but now I’m nothing but proud to share a middle name with my super awesome mom! 🙂
  2. I am terrified of spiders! Seriously, to the point that I can’t even step on one (I’m afraid I’ll miss and it will run up my pant leg) or even pick up a dead one with a paper towel wearing rubber dish gloves (Even squished I’m convinced the sneaky bastard is only PLAYING dead)!  Yes, I realized this is irrational and NO, I am not eve close to joking!
  3. I get VERY emotional when rocking the air guitar in my car.  I will sing at the top of my lungs and start tearing up; especially if it’s a Journey song!
  4. I love spicy food! If I’m eating something that isn’t spicy by default (Indian/Thai/Mexican) I will douse it in hot sauce!
  5. I grew up playing capture the flag and paint ball (all the time) with my 3 younger brothers.  I took it very seriously! I once hid in a tree for over an hour, waiting to drop a water balloon on my brothers head!
  6. Speaking of climbing trees….I have always loved climbing on things!  As a kid, this meant getting stitches more times than I can even count….As an adult it developed into a love for rock climbing! While the tiniest spider will have me standing on couch crying, I am pretty fearless when it comes to heights!
  7. Which is how I ended up being a diver my freshman year of high school! Dive meets equaled extra points for my schools swim meets.  Since we didn’t have a female diver at my school, and I was fearless/dumb,  the coach convinced me to dive.  I could land an 11 dive list, but let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty!  I was relieved to pass the torch to the new girl (a former gymnast) my sophomore year, and to be able to focus 100% on my swimming!

15 bloggers who I happen to find pretty dang inspiring!:

  1. Runsaltrun
  2. 1year2boston
  3. Piratebobcat
  4. RunCharlotte
  5. Fitnessmeetsfrosting
  6. Runrodrun
  7. Stampedwithaheart
  8. Heatherrunsfast
  9. marathonandsprint
  10. theblogrunner
  11. thegirlwhoraneverywhere
  12. flrunnerboy
  13. girlrunswild
  14. runningfromitall
  15. bettylivin

I’m not one who takes it personally if you don’t choose to participate….I have met many great/awesome bloggers on wordpress (waayyy more than I included in this list) and love getting the opportunity from time to time to let y’all know I think you’re awesome! If you decide to take part in being an “Inspiring Blogger”, follow the rules listed above….share 7 random silly facts about yourself and nominate some of your favorite inspiring bloggers!


Wineglass Marathon Week 3 Training Recap:

  • Monday- 6 miles easy
  • Tuesday- Rest
  • Wednesday- 6 miles easy
  • Thursday- 1 mile, 8×600 meter repeats (2:33-2:36 pace) with 600 meter recovery(7 miles total)
  • Friday- 1 mile warm-up, 6 mile tempo run (7:49-8:01 pace), 1 mile cool-down (8 miles total)
  • Saturday- 5 miles easy, trail run
  • Sunday- 10 mile long (8:33 pace)
  • Total Weekly Miles- 42 miles 
  • Total 2014 Miles- 816.35 miles

I was happy with this weeks training.  It’s definitely easier to get my miles in when I’m home! I can stick to my routine and can run all of my favorite routes/trails.  Being back at sea level was cool too, my breathing was more natural and I was able to hit my goal pace in (almost) every work-out, aside from my track/speed workout which was far from perfect. I started too late on Thursday (Around 8 am), and it heated up quick!  My first 6 repeats felt great and were on pace, but I felt like I hit a wall before starting the last two.  ALL of my muscles were cramping, including my arms.  I was worried about heat exhaustion so I drank lots of water then ran my last two repeats way slower than goal pace (About 8-8:30 min per mile).

Today’s long run felt great!! When initially looking at my training plan, I was wondering what the difference was between a 10 mile easy run and a 10 mile long run…..Well the difference is pace!  (For those of you who remember when I first started rambling on about Hanson’s training method, one of the key principles of his training plan is to run at a “prescribed pace” for each workout.)  My 10 mile easy run was at a 9:30 min per mile pace, while today’s 10 miler was ran at a 8:33 min per mile pace.  While I am not 100% sold yet, and a bit nervous that following Hanson’s method is going to make me slower, not faster…after a few weeks of following this program my pacing is definitely improving.  I am starting to feel the difference between a 6:30, 7:00, 8:30, and so on…minute per mile pace and am able to maintain a more consistent overall pace during my workouts.  It took me 2 miles to warm-up, but I ran my last 8 miles at a steady 8:15 pace, making today’s run my most even paced long run to date! 🙂

After my long run

After my long run

I rewarded myself with one of my favorite post workout snacks; an almond butter and banana/berry protein shake….it was soo refreshing and a great way to cool down after today’s long run! 🙂 (Ingredients: 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 3 coconut water ice-cubes, 1 tablespoon almond butter)

In my "booze cup" that never sees booze ;-)

In my “booze cup” that never sees booze 😉

Feeling motivated and pumped for my upcoming week of  training!  WG training week 4….bring it on!  😉


How are your workouts going in this heat?! What’s your favorite speed workout?