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Griffith Park Half Marathon Training Plan

Aaaaannndddd….I’m type A. I like training plans.

I enjoyed my summer of free-form running, but I was feeling like I tended to slack on runs because I wanted to “save” energy for some undetermined future run. I also have a weird mental block with runs over about 8 miles, and when Leo asks, “So, how far do you want to run today?” I immediately answer, “Ummmm, 3. Or 4. But not more than 4. Unless I feel great. And then maybe 6.”

So I started putting together a training plan. And because I enjoy Excel spreadsheets and running math, it took forever. But it’s done!

Training Plan – Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon (I don’t know why you’d want this, but feel free! However, I am not a doctor, and have gained all my running knowledge from the internet. Don’t be stupid)

Yeah, it’s color coded.

I threw in a day of swimming (or cross-training) because I’ll start having access to a pool when my new job starts in August. I’ll also have access to lots of big heavy weights, and a track, hence the weights-only days and speedwork. I’m going to try to do all of my other runs at least partially on trails, which is pretty easy around here. I kept the long run mileage relatively high, and added some back-to-backs because I may want to run another marathon in December or January (I will actually run a marathon).

I’ve already noticed that I’m putting more effort into my runs, since I know exactly what’s on the schedule for the next day. Yeah, I could have just sucked it up and pushed myself harder, but I like this way better.

Of course, it’s still all subject to change, based on day availability and whether I feel like running more. We’ll see how it goes! Saturday is already looking fun, there’s a training run on the Griffith Park Trail 10K course, and it’s just far enough from my house that if I get a ride there, I can run home and hit my 10 miles. Runmuting!



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12athon: Month Six

Because we’re halfway through the 12athon, and because I wanted a challenge, I decided to tackle Macchu Picchu (Machu Picchu: 12 miles up a hill. Can be the same hill, but the distance you travel downhill to run back up doesn’t count. 24 POINTS), and the Slacker’s 12-Hour Race (Slacker’s 12-Hour Race (AKA The 12 MPH): Run 1 mile during every hourly increment for 12 consecutive hours. 24 POINTS. 4 more points if you end at 12 p.m. (noon).). And because I was doing it anyway, I claimed points for Sunrise  (Sunrise: See the sunrise during your run. Find your local sunrise time on SunriseSunset.com4 POINTS).

Because we live very near a straight 1-mile stretch up a hill, my husband (who is awesome) came up with a great plan. We staggered the runs so that we started one on a “40” increment, and then started the next one on the hour. This allowed for around 1:20 between running legs, and still made sure I was running each leg within the allotted hour period.

During the Night Legs (first 6 miles) my husband took our car to the top of the hill, rode his bike down, and then rode the bike back up with me. This arrangement meant that I ran 3 extra miles (down the hill between legs) but felt safer in the dark.

During the Day Legs, he’d drive the car to the top, meet me there and drive me to the bottom, drop me off, and then drive to the top again. He was great about stopping partway up the hill to see if I needed water or any assistance.

Mile One


Mile Two

Mile Three

Mile Four

Mile Five

Mile Six

Mile Seven

Mile Eight

Mile Nine

Mile Ten

Mile Eleven

Mile Twelve

I managed to pull out a great split on the last leg, and it was pretty amazing to be done. It’s not that the 12 miles are hard (although the uphill is pretty killer), but being awake and having to run so frequently is mentally draining. We came back after every set and watched Big Bang Theory or Iron Chef America while snacking, so I wasn’t tempted to fall asleep and give up.

Elevation Chart for the Route

I’m so glad I tried these two challenges, and I hope I’m not too sore tomorrow! Video from my support crew will come when we’re not too tired. 🙂


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Virtual 12athon: Month 3

This post is late, because school ate my life. Normally, I’m not one to mind schoolwork, but all of my classes this quarter have been closer to drudgery than usual. A 20 page paper on Andrew Carnegie is not my idea of a good time.

But, with only 1 paper left due (not until next Thursday), I wanted to continue memorializing my 12athon efforts.

I had all sorts of crazy plans for this run. I had gone through several permutations of challenges, added up all the various point options, but after writing two papers back to back, and with the LA Marathon coming up this weekend, I decided that I would do just a straight 12 mile run. Although, I ended up being late to class, so I also claimed the Stung By Bees point bonus.

I took all my marathon gear for a last trial, including my new running shorts (Lululemon…the hype is for a reason), and my compression socks, which I hadn’t tested on a long run yet. Still not sure about the hat…hoping to find my black one.

The route was a two-loop course, totaling 13.27 miles. It was hard, but extremely energizing to realize that I could now get up before class and run a half-marathon if I wanted to. Very mentally helpful for marathon prep.

I also finally discovered DailyMile, and started logging all my running mileage on there. I mostly love it for the statistics and graphs…I live for gold stars from the internet.

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Race Recap: Southern California Half Marathon

This morning, Leo and I ran the Southern California Half Marathon, held in peaceful Irvine, CA. The race was set up to have around 6,000 participants, but it was extremely well run and organized.

We got there about 45 minutes early, and were able to park relatively close to the start with no problems. We picked up our numbers, timing chips, and swag bags (which…are not that swaggy, and contain mostly advertisements for other races) and t-shirts. I used the port-a-potties, and proceeded to feel like my hands were dirty for the rest of the day thanks to the giant “NON-POTABLE” signs on the handwashing stations. Ew.

We chilled in the car for awhile, stretched, and drank some Gatorade/water. Leo carried our 12 oz. Amphipod the entire race, full of orange Gatorade.We also put the finishing touches on our outfits. Leo was wearing a coordinated outfit from Loudmouth Golf (his sponsor), and I was wearing a matching Loudmouth skirt. We kept track of the comments on our outfits during the race, we got up to 15!

We made our way to the start and hung out in the 10:00-11:00 corral. The race start was uneventful, and the roads were nice and wide, eliminating a lot of dodging. After about 3 miles the course moved to some riverside bike paths, which made passing walkers a little more difficult, but I never had to change my pace to accommodate anyone else on the course. I had to stop for a bathroom break around mile 5, but ran the rest of the race without incident.

I felt fabulous until mile 10, when I really started hurting. It was mostly my feet, but my IT band on my right leg was acting up also. Leo did such an awesome job of encouraging me through the last 3 miles, and we crossed the finish line with an unofficial Garmin time of 2:25.00. Afterwards, we hobbled back to the car, and I sat and stretched for awhile while we refueled with the drink of champions. (Actually, Monster Rehab is better, but you take what you can get).

I’ve been in a lot of pain for the rest of the day, but have been icing a ton, and stretching as I can move various parts. Mostly just drinking lots of water and eating lots of carbs. Tomorrow I’ll be waking up early to watch Leo run another 13.1 miles in his quest to run 366K in January! I’m so glad that I got to run one of his races with him this month, he’s my favorite running partner.

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