Hotlanta Half Training – Week 3

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Another week down of training for the Hotlanta Half Marathon! The weather here in Atlanta has been so great, I’m trying to soak it all in.  I already see the temps creeping up in the 10 day forecast, so I know it’s all about to end.

Here’s how this week looked:

Monday – 3 miles, mobility/PT/biomechanics exercises, leg work. A great start to my Monday.  I did the leg work in the evening while I was waiting for pizza to cook, and went a little heavier than I did last week.

Tuesday – my birthday!! 30 minutes stationary bike, biomechanics exercises, upper body strength training. I hit the bike on a rolling hills program while watching “Pretty Little Liars”.  I hate working on my birthday, but luckily for me, it was a great day.  Brian cooked me dinner that evening which really hit the spot.

I forgot to mention this, but Christina got me a great birthday gift…this print from J Hill Designs of my Richmond Marathon time! It’s going to get hung in our workout room (at some point, when I get around to it).


Wednesday- mobility exercises, 3 miles. I worked from home to meet a contractor and intended to do core work on my lunch break, but ended up doing some stuff around the house instead.  We had our first HOA meeting in the evening so I just called it a wash.

Thursday – 30 minutes stationary bike, biomechanics/PT exercises. I was feeling a bit run down Thursday so I took it easy.  I had a long day at work so I ended up getting into bed a bit early.

Friday – 3 miles, mobility exercises. Another great morning run.  Can this weather stay here forever? In the evening, I took an epsom salt bath using my new bathtub tray Brian got me for my birthday! My back and left leg had been feeling a little tight, and this helped a lot.


Saturday – 8 (hilly) miles, mobility exercises. Carrie and I met MARC for this run, and it was a route neither of us had been on yet.  The route turned out to be pretty hilly, which was great since the Hotlanta Half is so hilly.  However, I haven’t really trained on these large hills in quite some time, and I was feeling it.  It was a good reminder that I need to be doing more of these types of routes.  Also, I need to get serious about my pre-long-run nutrition again.  Sadly, pizza on Friday nights isn’t going to cut it anymore! Overall, this run was tough and my left leg was feeling a bit achy toward the end.  I’m not sure if it was all the hills or what, but I need to keep an eye on it.

After the run with Carrie

After the run with Carrie

After the run, Brian and I spent most of the day doing stuff around the house/cleaning.  Carrie was kind enough to let us borrow her power washer, and Brian hit the back patio.  The difference was pretty alarming and fantastic!

Before & After

Before & After

We spent Saturday night hanging out with some of our neighbors eating burgers and playing Cards Against Humanity….which was obviously a blast!

Sunday – 2 mile recovery walk. 

It was really nice Sunday morning, so Brian and I took Skipper on a long walk on the trail.  It was great to start the day moving! We spent most of the day doing a lot of house stuff.  In exciting news, I recently picked up a bike at a yard sale for $35 and got it all fixed up! We also got a kitchen table at a yard sale that was exactly what we were looking for (love when that happens!)

New Kitchen Table!

New Kitchen Table!

Total Running Mileage for the Week: 17

Overall, I was pleased with this week, but need to make sure I’m staying diligent with my foam rolling.  This coming week, I’m going to only do 3 runs and add in some more cross and strength training.  My leg is feeling better, but I don’t want to chance it.

Also, last week was quite the reminder that I need to be running hills, so I’m going to change up my mid-week route to get some more hill work. Only 48 days until the Hotlanta Half.

How was your training this week?

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