IM SO EXCITED! Once again, I get to be an ambassador for a race that I adore. The Blue Ridge Half Marathon is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but one of my proudest accomplishments. I can’t wait to talk about my journey PRing the course and how to make my third time on the course the best one yet. Use my promo code: AMBASSADORNIKKIA20 for 20% off! #runblueridge#blueridgemarathon#plussizerunner#halfmarathontraining#nuunlife
Day 2 of 1/2 marathon training...... 91 degrees outside and I don’t think I have ever sweat 💦 this much in my life! Here’s to a new adventure and stepping way out of my comfort zone!
Wow. Its amazing what happens when you apply yourself consistently over time! In March, I started running to prepare for a 5k in order to give my workouts purpose and could barely (if even run half a mile at the time). 2 weeks before the 5k, my amazing friend @aud_rayjoyy asked if I wanted to join her in a half marathon and I said why not?! So, now that I'm 3 months into training with 1 left to go, I ran my first 9 mile run and my longest run thus far by 2.5 miles 🏃♀️💪🏻 it's been a tough journey to this point and I still need to run 4.1 miles more...but the progress in the journey is worth celebrating 🙌🏼💖 #progress#run#halfmarathontraining#strongereveryday#celebrate
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WOOHOO! Knocked out my intervals today and got a 🎉6:53🎉 for my second mile!👊🏻💃🏼❤️ I NEEDED this awesome moment today after all these exhausting hot/humid summer runs! I’m going to ride this runners high for as long as I can right now!😂🙌🏻🏃🏼♀️
I feel like if I were a soccer coach, this would be my picture for the yearbook 😂
Really though, the only thing I’m trying to coach myself into is running 13 miles this weekend, likely in the rain. Maybe I’m an anomaly by running in heat > rain any. damn. day.
Said goodbye to 29 the only way I know how. Somehow, reflecting on the last decade made me realize how incredibly thankful I am for this life I’ve been given. Though my 20’s have seen some lows, they’ve also seen some incredible highs. The things in life that I thought would crush me completely ended up being some of the most pivotal moments that shaped me into who I am today. I’ve learned what it means to be fearless, to strive towards my goals, to believe in my own abilities and that I truly am a runner. Though this decade is ending, I know the next one will be even better. #cheersto30years
This was a great meal tonight! Ground turkey, white rice, and bell peppers! 💪🏿😋
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When you first start something difficult, it seems like it’ll never get easier. Since I’ve started taking running more seriously, I’ve found that the more you push through being uncomfortable the stronger you become. What was once too difficult becomes doable, and you can find new challenges from there. Coming back to this workout throughout my training program has proved it!
8 x 1000 today at “tempo pace” (which keeps getting faster every time) with 60 seconds rest between each. Last time I did 10 x 1000 but with 90 seconds rest. I also hit my reps at about 7:06 this time around compared to 7:12 last time, and my last rep tonight was hovering at 5K pace! Really happy with the effort, and feeling confident that I’ll hit my goal on race day!
0KM of running in the last 7 days!
Just spent an amazing week in Disneyland with my family. Kids had a great time and I’m so thankful to @my_wanderous_life for being so generous and taking us. •••
Back to real life tomorrow though... But definitely looking forward to getting back to running!
The same kid that's afraid of moths and getting a flu shot, is the same kid fearless enough to fill in for a team he's never practiced or played with before - just so he can play more baseball ❤️ He absolutely LOVES this sport and I absolutely love him and his #loveofthegame ⚾ If only we could all find something we're so passionate about!
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At work low key dying. Everything on my body hurts and I don't know if I will make it. But damn am I produce of those 12 miles this morning. But also can't wait to go KT tape my knees and ankles. #chubbyrunner#halfmarathontraining
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Who else has the late night sweet tooth? I found a way to stay on track nutrition wise while still satisfying my sweet tooth, no guilt! These high protein dairy free fudge pops are amazing. Most “healthy” fudge pops are made with canned coconut milk or avocados, these fudge pops don’t have either. Save those healthy fats for my actual meals. Don’t mind the laundry, I’ll do that tomorrow because right now I’m sitting here and watching top chef junior. #healthysweets#chocolate#healthydessert#popscicle
Time to get serious about running again! I officially signed up for another half marathon... October 28th is going to come quick! .
3 miles on the treadmill at work ✅! Bonus: no mosquitoes👊 #runningmomma#halfmarathontraining#momofthree
Some recovery miles after my race in Sunday. I was feeling ok until I got out there. My legs were a bit heavy! •
But it was all made better by some new running gear! Got me @straitspeed team gear! And I have another hat to add to the rotation which is a win 🙌🏻
Storm rolled in the end so I had to cut the run short and high tail it home. So you guys get a little view of my laundry room - don’t judge! 😬
Have a good evening y’all!
Felt sentimental while on the run yesterday. 🎻
So grateful to have found running to help me stay grounded through changes.
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Speedy Mondays! 🏃🏼♀️💨🔥
I’m so inspired by all my instafriends who have recently posted about their BQ journey, especially the ones who had to take an hour+ off of their original marathon time to get there. Y’all give me hope for someday! If you’re dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. Happy Monday Instaworld, let’s do this! 👊🏼 #chasingPRsandbigdreams#dowork
My first ever #transformationtuesday . No, it is not a body transformation (although I am a lot tanner 😂). This is a running transformation! In early April I did this same workout, 8x800 and the goal pace for that session was 15 sec below half pace (which I calculated to be 7:45). That workout was SOOO hard for me. I stopped sooo much (almost 20 extra minutes of elapsed time), struggled to keep the pace at 7:45, and my average HR was 169. Today was a whole different story. The goal was to do 8x800 at GHMP (7:30), and it felt great! If I wouldn’t have been on the treadmill where I could control my speed, I probably would’ve gone faster. But I stuck to my paces because I really wanted to get the feel of what 7:30 pace feels like. My average HR was 151 and I never stopped once. I only had a little more than a minute of recovery jog at 10:00 pace. I’m really starting to believe that I can run a half marathon at 7:30/mi. The workout notes said if this workout isn’t doable to readjust the goal. But it was quite doable! I have been thinking “oh I got sick for a week” and “I don’t think I’ve been training hard like last cycle” and “I’ve really only been doing one workout a week” but this proves to me that I have large deposits in the fitness bank!! Everything really does add up. 😊
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KIPCHOGE’S MONSTER WORLD RECORD TAKES MARATHONING TO ANOTHER LEVEL
Sunday (16) was the day of great events. The men’s decathlon WR had been broken by an astonishing 81 points (recap coming later), but the most remarkable achievement has to be from the 2016 Rio Olympics champion in the marathon. In his 12th go at the marathon, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge shattered a mark that stood for 4 years, the longest living record in the event since the 2:06:50 by Belaine Densimo that stood from 1988 to 1998. Kipchoge lowered the 2:02:57 record down to a mind boggling 2:01:39. This mark was also achieved with negative-split 61:06 / 60:33 halves on an unusually warm (~64°F/18°C) day in Berlin. For reference, his closing half in Breaking2 was 60:28.
When Kipchoge ran himself to a world title in 2003 on the track at the 5,000m, the record stood at 2:05:38. Now, after taking his shot in the event, it stands at a 2:01:39. His brilliant improvement of the late WR is at the same level of Haile Gebrselassie’s 11-second improvement of the 5,000m WR time in 1995 in which he ran 12:44.39 at Zurich, or Usain Bolt’s 9.58 in Berlin. Perhaps the only records beyond it are Michael Johnson’s 19.32 and Bob Beamon’s 8.90m long jump.
Viewing the race splits and taking heat into account, a sub-2:01 looks reachable. Place him in Breaking2 again and I think he’s found those 25 seconds he needs to achieve the first ever sub-2 hour marathon. That type of setting gives him about another 60 seconds off of a real race time.
[KEN 🇰🇪 A33] ELIUD KIPCHOGE'S WR MARATHON (🥇) AT BERLIN WMM (🇩🇪)
1st/2nd Halves: 61:06 / 60:33 = 2:01:39
CKPT - Clock Time | 5km Split | 10km Split
05km – 14:24 | 14:24 |
10km – 29:01 | 14:37 | 29:01
15km – 43:38 | 14:37 |
20km – 57:56 | 14:18 | 28:55
HALF 1:01:06 | ( 2:02:12 Overall M-Pace )
25km 1:12:24 | 14:28 |
30km 1:26:45 | 14:21 | 28:49
35km 1:41:03 | 14:18 |
40km 1:55:32 | 14:29 | 28:47
FULL🏁 2:01:39 | ( ~4:38.3/mi [~2:52.9/km] )
Last 2.2K in 6:07 min (13:56 5km pace)
CV: ~:25 = 2:01:15 –:30 = 2:00:45
Tuesday 10k 🙌🏻
Throwing up all the praise hands for this workout and for the fact that I got my butt out of bed to get it done!
I can’t tell you how many minutes I laid there trying to convince myself I could do it another time 🙈
Yes, it was 97% humidity and 76° dew point at 5:45 this am, but I GOT IT DONE!
1 mile warm up
7x3 minute at 8:00/mile pace with 2 min recovery between
1 mile cool down
Y’all. These were my splits:
Hallelujah 🙌🏻 The next run may suck, in fact it probably my will, but I don’t care. I’m riding that high today! Happy Tuesday!