Rock n Roll DC Half Marathon Training Week 3

Training Recap

This week of half marathon training was challenging.  I was busy with work and time crunched, which meant that I cut two runs short (by one mile each).  Also, I had moved my long run from last week to Monday, and ended up having to move my long run for this weekend up to Friday because of winter weather in Atlanta.  Here’s how my training looked:

Monday – 9 miles @ 10:55 pace (this was my long run from last week)

Tuesday – 2 miles recovery run at 11:29 pace

Wednesday – 45 minutes stationary bike

Thursday – 3 mile run 10:26/9:42/9:12 splits

Friday – 8 miles @ 10:24 pace

Saturday/Sunday – Rest

Thursday was a hard day at work for me.  My manager, who has been one of the best of my career, let us know that she is leaving the company.  She has been instrumental in the growth I’ve had over the past year and a half, and to say I’m going to miss her would be an understatement.  This leaves a lot of big question marks in my work life, which I really despise.  My run Friday gave me a lot of clarity and reminded me that when things seem overwhelming, the best thing you can do is take it one step at a time and focus on the things you can control.

Friday night was supposed to be a major winter event in Atlanta, and my part of town was forecasted to get ice followed by around 5 inches of snow (which for Atlanta is a LOT). You can imagine my disappointment when I woke up Saturday morning to a solid sheet of ice and just a dusting of snow:

snow in atlanta

I’ve spent this weekend relaxing mentally and physically.  I felt so drained from last week, I really needed a weekend to recharge.  Next week, I’m going to get back into my strength as part of my half marathon training since I skipped it this week.

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Fundraising Recap

Each week in 2017, I’m going to be spending less time detailing my training and more time detailing my activities that will bring me closer to my goal of raising $10,000 for charity in 2017.  I do this to not only hold myself accountable, but to give you all insight into the work it takes to reach such a big goal.

This week, I announced my goal, which was really scary!  Putting it out there in the world makes it very real.  I’ve been contemplating this goal since late September, so I’ve had plenty of time to think about it.  I only wish I could start fundraising already and officially register.

I’ve made a list of people who have offered to give me advice or who have fund-raised before, and plan to reach out to them next week to start getting some knowledge/info/tips on what has worked for them and what hasn’t.  I also started working on my plan of tactics and milestones, which I will share in detail once I get it all finalized.

On a separate note, one of my coworkers is in the hospital after a cancer-related surgery.  I made her a hand-crocheted cap.  I’m planning to make more of these this year to donate to local hospitals.  In addition, I’m also considering making some hats and headbands to sell as part of my fundraising.  This weekend I’ve been playing around with some patterns and prototypes.  Here is a photo of the finished hat:

crocheted hat for cancer

High level, I plan to use three types of tactics to get donations:

  1. Individual donations – these will mostly come from personalized letters and phone calls to my network.  I’d like to target both one-time donations as well as pledges for monthly donations based on miles I run.
  2. Events – I already have 3 small business owners who have indicated they would like to help.  The events will vary depending on the business, but will involve a percent of sales going to my fundraising.  More to come on this front.  (Note: if you are or know a small business owner who would be interested in helping, please email me at
  3. Sale of physical goods – I’m still working the details out on this one, but I have several ideas here.  I hope to share more next week.

My goal for next week is to have my high level plan finalized and to set up time to talk to everyone who is on my list I’ve made.  I want to be ready to hit the ground running once I can officially begin fundraising.

How was your week? Please don’t forget to link up below with Jessie and I!

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  1. Very cute hat, you are talented!

    I have to laugh a little about all the hype in the south about snow/cold, but then I remember that you guys just aren’t as used to it so it becomes much more of an issue when it does snow there 🙂

    Sorry to hear about the work stress, that sounds tough.

    • I know! I’ve actually lived through much bigger snow storms when I lived in Baltimore, but you’re right in that we just aren’t equipped down here. We also usually get a sheet of ice below and above the snow which becomes such an issue…

  2. Way to plan ahead and move your schedule around so you could get your runs in before the ice storm hit. Sorry you had a tough week, looks like a rest weekend was just what you needed!

  3. Nice job on your training! I live in Philly, and I think we got under 4 inches of snow…people were still freaking out about it but it wasn’t bad at all! I think your fundraising efforts sound fantastic, your hats look great!

  4. I saw you are running NY this year – I ran it last year and it was amazing. You’re really going to love it. That’s awesome you are fundraising to do it – and that goal is a hefty one. Good luck!! Looking forward to reading about your training this cycle.

  5. You’re doing such an amazing thing- to fundraiser that much of money. And those hats! You’re very very talented!!!!!
    Sounds like you had a great running week too 🙂

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