Hotlanta Half Training – Week 6

Wow!! Last week I didn’t have a lot to talk about, but this week I certainly do!

Week 6 of half marathon training took me on another work trip, this time to Miami for our annual sales meeting! It was a great trip, but extremely long days and so very exhausting.  My body is just now feeling recovered from my headcold I had, so it certainly made for a challenging week.  However, I’m pleased that I was able to stay on track.  Here’s how this week went:

Monday: 30 minutes stationary bike, biomechanics/PT exercises.  I didn’t have to leave until a little later to head to the airport, so I was happy to sleep in. My resting heart rate was still pretty high so I decided to just do cross training to keep it light.  These thirty minutes were HARD.  I was happy to end with my assigned exercises, and I was able to hold my side planks for over a minute! When I first started these exercises 5 weeks ago, I had a hard time even getting up into the side plank, let alone holding it for more than 15-20 seconds.  It’s awesome to see so much progress!

Side plank with a smile

Side plank with a smile

We flew to Miami and did some work before our welcome dinner.  There was a lot of Florida wildlife being showcased for us as part of the party, including flamingos and a baby alligator!

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Tuesday: 25 minutes elliptical, biomechanics exercises.  

I got up early and used the hotel gym, and something happened that has never happened before.  My contact popped out while I was on the elliptical!! Seriously! I was almost done, so I just ended 5 minutes early and did my exercises back in my room when I put a new contact in.  Luckily, I wear daily disposables and I always bring extra.

We had a full day of presentations followed by dinner, followed by me promptly passing out in my hotel room of exhaustion.

Wednesday: 3 miles.

I got up early again and met my coworker (who works in our Arkansas office) for 3 easy miles.  She’s also been sick (in fact, I’m fairly certain she is the culprit who gave me that headcold…) so we took it nice and easy.  It was warm and humid, but the views were beautiful!

After another marathon session of presentations and breakouts, we had our dinner event as a casual outdoor gathering, complete with food-trucks, a live band, games, and a henna tattoo artist! Since I have a vacation coming up, I decided to get a henna tattoo on my foot.  It was a relaxing and fun evening!

Wine and a henna tattoo

Wine and a henna tattoo

Tattoo is complete!

Tattoo is complete!

Thursday: 4 miles.

I got up and did these miles by myself.  Here is a secret: I’m actually a huge introvert.  Many people think introverted people are shy – but that’s not always the case.  I just get my energy from my alone time…and after 3 days straight of virtually no alone time, I really needed this solo run and some “me” time! I stopped and took a lot of pictures because the scenery was just amazing.

Sidewalk inspiration

Sidewalk inspiration

 

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That evening (after another full day of breakout sessions), we had our awards dinner followed by a cruise on the water.  The weather was awesome and the views were breathtaking.  Also, can we talk about this awesome dress I got in my last Stitch Fix box? I never would have picked this off the shelf, but I’m in love with it! It’s the Skies Are Blue Maeve Crepe Dress (I added the belt!)

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Cruise

Cruise

Friday: Rest day! I was sooooo happy to travel home and frankly, was so freakin’ tired I felt like I had been run over.  I went to bed at 7:30pm and I’m not even ashamed of it.  It was so great to be back in my bed!

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Saturday: 10 mile Hotlanta Half Course Run.  I’m not going to lie…I didn’t want to do this run.  My body was still tired, but I didn’t want to miss out on previewing the course! Big Peach Running Company teamed up with the Hotlanta Half to put this on, and it was a great event! There was a huge turnout, and it was nice to preview the course.  The route is similar to other half marathons in Atlanta…very hilly! The first few miles felt like they were dragging, but I started feeling better about halfway through.  We were blessed with great weather, and it was awesome to catch up with Carrie while checking out the course!

The turnout for the Hotlanta Half course run!

The turnout for the Hotlanta Half course run!

Brian and I declared Saturday a “relaxing” day, so after food I promptly parked my butt on a lounge chair at the pool and got some sun.  It was just what I needed after a long week!

Sunday: Pink Barre for Runners

Since Saturday was a “relaxing” day, Sunday was a “productive” day.  I spent a lot of time working on cleaning up and organizing my office, since I just found out that I’ll be able to work from home three times a week now, which I’m ridiculously excited about! I also did some other boring stuff like laundry and cleaning the bathrooms.

My day was broken up with a class at Pink Barre with some fellow runners! My friend Mallory hosted us and taught the class.  It was way harder than the first class I took, but it burned so good. It felt awesome to get such a good workout in.  We had a great turnout and everyone seemed to really enjoy the class, too.

Still smiling after a tough class!

Still smiling after a tough class!

As you can see, it was a jam-packed week.  I’m so, so, soooooo looking forward to the vacation Brian and I are going on at the end of this week! I just need to get through 4 work days, and then it’s vacation time!! I also have my follow-up biomechanics evaluation this week, which I’m really excited about.  I’ve noticed a difference, so I’m hoping it will show up in the footage and tests.

Only 4 weeks are left until the Hotlanta Half Marathon!! If you’re interested in joining me, use code HHJESSICA5 for $5 off of your registration!

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2 Comments

  1. It looks like such a fun week in Miami (mixed in with work of course)

    I’m surprised you are an introvert when you were the one who was planning all the blogger meet ups in Richmond 🙂 But I totally get it, introverts aren’t shy, they just need their downtime to recharge. I am the same way!

    Barre is so great for runners, you have convinced me to fit it back into my schedule again.

    • Yes, exactly! I love meeting new people and I definitely like doing it more on my terms so I can be sure I get my downtime.

      I will be adding Barre to my training once I get back from vacation. I’m still sore from Sunday’s class!

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