road to the half marathon: training week 7

This week we're talking summertime fun runs. If you have been following my training journey, by now you know I view my running and training as just another to-do on my list of daily chores. That being said, I've adapted a sort of chore check off reward system that actually has me enjoying my runs. This past week I would schedule my morning run and if completed a reward of an evening summertime activity awaited me. For instance, on Wednesday morning I committed myself to the 3 miles I had to run, plus a Jillian Michaels workout for added strength training. Finishing both by 7:30am meant I was ready to work the day away, and play at the beach with my friends at night. The World Championships of Over The Line rolled into San Diego this weekend, which meant I had a lot of running to sneak in before I could practice and play with my team, the Blonde Beezies!

summer sports in lululemon gearBlonde Beezies taking the court in I Just Wanna Run tanks & Run:Speed Shorts!

The two weekends of OTL are literally my favourite holiday weekends of the entire year, even though they are only official holidays if you play in the tournament and thus understand my passion and enjoyment of this glorious tournament. In fact, I was so excited that I scheduled in my 7 mile long run for Saturday morning and ran from my house to Fiesta Island to watch my husband's team play (since my team did not play until Sunday). My friend and teammate Tara joined me in the run, and though our husbands told us we were crazy, we enjoyed every step of the run. We were laughing, talking about how crazy we were, talking strategy for our games the next day, and nearly sprinted the last 2 miles once we saw Fiesta Island and the OTL crowds.

running route 7 miles in san diegoThe running route I mapped to Fiesta Island on the, thanks to a tip from one of our guests!

When we arrived we felt amazing and were ready to take on a full day of sitting in the sun, drinking only a couple cocktails and watching our boys ALMOST make it to the 2nd weekend of the tournament. This run really got me thinking that I should be enjoying my runs this much every time I hit the road. Even if it means bribing my inner 5 year old with a treat like an evening picnic in the park, or gelato. This evening in fact, my husband and I planned a 4 mile run through Balboa Park, which happens to be right next door to the San Diego Zoo. So we're packing a picnic and heading into the Zoo once we complete our run, and I'm going to check out lions! I haven't been excited to go the zoo since I was 5, but rewarding our run with a visit brings the 5 year old right out of me! Happy summertime fun running my friends! Namaste.

running shorts and tank from lululemonCome on ball get over the line, go go gooo!!

This week’s training mileage total: 18 miles!
Longest run: 7 miles with a pace of 10:45 (We were cookin' and so excited to get to Fiesta Island!)
Cross training: 3 Jillian Michaels workouts
Wore on my long run: Run: Swiftly Racerback and Run:Team Spirit Crops (perfect for the cool muggy morning along the coast)
Favourite song on my run playlist: “American Honey” – Lady Antebellum

6 weeks until race day! Here is my training schedule for the week:
Monday: 4 miles + a picnic at the Zoo
Tuesday: Barry’s Bootcamp + Hot Yoga
Wednesday: Jillian Michaels Workout + 4 miles
Thursday: Barry’s Bootcamp + Yoga
Friday: 8 miles!
Saturday: OTL
Sunday: OTL Championship Game (hopefully that is...)

P.S. Do any of you have any fun summer running activities I can sneak in my runs with? How do you get creative with enjoying summer and your training?

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what sizes are u lovelies wearing? outfits look great!

Comment by christine — July 13, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

Fun Summer Running Activity #1: Make it your personal mission to run through as many sprinklers as possible. That’ll really bring out your inner 5-year-old!

Comment by Carolyn — July 13, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

After my seawall runs I love nothing more than to find a comfy log on Kits Beach, change my playlist, and enjoy the natural beauty around me. Living in Vancouver means endless gorgeous vistas, and there is something about that post-run clarity that allows me to drink it all in more easily!

Comment by Carolyn — July 13, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

Never heard of Over the Line – sounds like fun!

I enjoy running (unless it’s really hot and muggy) and I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment in finishing my longest run of the week (i.e. yeah! I stuck it out and a whole 8 miles!) or having run my interval run at the paces I was supposed to (also hard when it’s so hot out).

I try to switch up my route to prevent boredom… I like to run through a nearby park, we also have a towpath along the canal nearby. I like having scenery to look at while I run, and the parks and canal by us have all kinds of greenery and wild life. One of the parks near us has a couple water fountains in it, that has been key for the last couple of HOT runs – I plan my route so that I can swing by there when I think I will need water.

I don’t see it as a chore, but I do like to get my run in first thing in the morning when it’s cooler -when possible- and then I can have the rest of my day and know that I already exercised.

When I go for bike rides, since I go farther, I can plan more fun stuff. For example 2 weekends ago, my husband and I biked about 15 miles to a cutesy little nearby town with some good restaurants; we had lunch, then we biked the 15 miles back. Nice way to break it up.

Comment by Amanda — July 14, 2010 @ 6:45 am

I can second the sprinkler comment by Carolyn. When it’s so hot out, I will intentionally run by the yards that have sprinklers shooting into the sidewalks/street.

Comment by Amanda — July 14, 2010 @ 6:46 am

Hi Christine,

The girl hitting is wearing a 4, I am in the middle wearing a 6, and the girl standing behind me is also wearing a 4.

Oooh running through sprinklers and hanging out on the beach sounds amazing. Thanks Carolyns!

Comment by Whitney — July 14, 2010 @ 7:33 am

Your posts are so inspiring!
Having asthma has always been my excuse for not running, but reading about your success has inspired me to get out there and see what I can do!

Comment by Amy — July 14, 2010 @ 7:37 am

Love your story. I am running the AFC Half too. This will be my first! I relate to your story. I had debilitating back pain for years, it got to the point where I couldn’t play tennis anymore. Hell, I couldn’t bend down in the morning to fill my dog’s water dish. Through nutrition and body work changes, I started running and feel stronger and better than ever. 11 miles tomorrow! See you at the half.

Comment by Jill — July 16, 2010 @ 10:17 am


I absolutely love following your posts. I ran a marathon about 4 years ago and am trying to get back into the swing of training and feel so inspired by your weekly updates. And so inspired by your San Diego pics … as well as your role lululemon. And if lululemon San Diego has any future open positions, please keep me in mind. I think I would be a perfect fit … and a great running partner :-)

Good luck!!

All the best,

Comment by Katie McGarvey — July 19, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

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