From Training to Run to Training to Race

Hi friends! Happy almost Friday:D

I enjoyed reading which type of weather tickles your workout fancy in this morning’s post 🙂 However, I’m not sure about you guys who actually enjoy running in the winter. Faith, I don’t know how you do it!

I mentioned in the post that I’m incorporating tempo runs back into my training schedule, but I didn’t really go into why. Tempo runs are a great way to increase your speed and endurance. Each of which I’m looking to do…because I finally did it.

I signed up for my next race!




This whole summer, my running has been great (for me.) I’ve been on a running schedule of 4-ish runs per week, including at least one speed workout and one long run. I considered it training, I just…didn’t have anything to train…for. But I was sure training! I’d joke and say, “ok, well I’m heading out on a training run – gotta train for my next run!” hehe So, now I actually have an event in my horizons to put all of my running effort to good use.

Last year I ran in the Frank Lloyd Wright 10K in Oak Park and it was absolutely beautiful!



However, my training for this race was not so beautiful. To put it plain and simple, I didn’t want the PR enough to blow it out of the water. I came in a few seconds ahead of my first 10k, and the race was fun, pretty, and memorable, but this time I want to really improve my speed. (Full 10k recap) And even better this time around, I’m running it with BFF Kim and we’re staying with BFF Destiny!

But it doesn’t stop there! I am also signing up to run the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago in November! 😀



Um, I’m pretty sure I need to be involved in anything sponsored by Ghirardelli.

I’m still tweaking my training plan for the two races, but I plan to have it up on the blog by this weekend. I plan to run the 15k with my cousin (hopefully!) and a few new Chicago friends I met at the Healthy Living Summit this weekend! (Hi Amy and Megan…and everyone else!:) and I’m so excited! I’ve never run a 15k before, but have been itching to run another longer distance since my half marathon.

Now I’d like to find one more 5k to run in before the summer ends and I’ll consider my 2010 race quota met.

In hindsight, it was actually pretty fun running without an event in mind. I did it for the better part of the summer. In fact, I’ve only run in two races this year! I just wasn’t feelin’ signing up for a race, so I didn’t. But now the feeling’s back 😉


Well I’ve had a marathon (pun! ha..) of a day, so it’s about time I retired with some Family Guy, my guy, and the pupster 🙂 Have a lovely night and wonderful Friday morning!!

What’s next on your fitness agenda? Are you training for a race? Trying out new classes? Just training to train? Obviously for me, I’m training for races for now, but in the winter I plan on trying out some workout DVD’s I’ve been wanting to try. I absolutely refuse to workout indoors too much in the summer in Illinois, because in the winter it becomes impossible to workout OUTdoors at time. Gotta take advantage 🙂

Buenos noches!!


22 Responses

  1. If you would like a running partner on one of your shorter training days, I would be more than willing to go along for the “run”. I mean I havent been on many of the trails around town, but I am sure that you could show me the ropes!! 🙂

  2. ooh, I tweeted about the Hot Chocolate 15k a few days ago! I am considering running it – so maybe I will see you there. 🙂

  3. Yea! I’m excited to start “official training” for that race! I’m such a nerd. But it’s going to be fun!

    But you’re right- I like to always have something to train for. Because otherwise, I just get through the runs like “eh”. And most likely, unless I know I’m training, my 5-mile runs become 4 and so on.

  4. I’m having a baby Sept. 18 but hope to fit in 1 5K or 10K before the years out. I haven’t done one since last Oct. 3 and I PR’d big time. I’m itching to race again!

  5. 15K Hot Chocolate race?! OMG that sounds awesome! I may have to consider that one. You could run Danver’s Days 5K this Sunday. And Delavan has a 10K on Labor Day that we might do again.

    Have fun with your training!


  6. I’m training for a marathon, hopefully! It’s sad because there are a lot of races I’d love to do, but they kind of interfere with my long runs (I can’t run an 18-miler one day and a 10K the next… yet). Your races sound so fun!

  7. you just inspired me to google some races. thank you 🙂

  8. I wish I had a running partner! It would be so much more fun!!!
    I’m not training for anything…just trying to stay fit. 🙂

  9. Those fall races look so nice right now. I am not ready for fall, but running then is so nice. The Frank Lloyd Wright race looks so cool.

    I am running my first “real” race this fall – the Twin Cities 10 mile – in 14 years of running, outside of high school races that is. I kind of like having something to work towards, but obviously have been able to run all these years without a training goal!

  10. Both races sound like a lot of fun! Historical architecture and chocolate, those are two very motivating and enjoyable race themes 🙂
    My next big thing is summiting Pikes Peak on Sept. 11th, as part of a charity event to raise funds / awareness for traumatic brain injury victims. I’ve basically been trying to get my legs and lungs as strong as possible, because the 13 miles UP the mountain are going to kick my butt!
    After that, who knows? That Hot Chocolate 15k sounds awfully fun 🙂

  11. Hopefully getting spin certified soon! 🙂

  12. I’ll definitely be training just to train. I have an end goal of a 5k in mind, but I think I need to take some of the pressure off and just run for personal enjoyment for a while. And winter jogs = less sweat, silly girl! Only one gallon soaking my shirt instead of two!

  13. Great races – will run for chocolate! Haha! It’s always great to run with friends, too.

  14. Ooooh the Hot Chocolate 15K is sponsored by Ghiardelli this year?? I know the last couple years it has been sponsored by Hershey’s, and I was *thisclose* to running it, but it had already filled up by the time I decided to sign up! 😦 I’d love to do it this year, but we’ll have to see how things pan out w/ the new baby. This race is definitely on my life’s to-do list, though. Who doesn’t think running + chocolate is the greatest combo ever?!

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