Capital Striders Annual Dinner + This Week in Running

What a week it has been! A lot of fun, and a little bit of unpredictability.

I’ve only gotten core work done this week as far as strength-training goes, but I’ve done lunges and squats before every run this week, so I think that counts? This hasn’t been the best week for IronStrength, so I’m going to prioritize that workout next week.

On Friday, I attended the Des Moines Capital Striders annual dinner, and had so much fun!

Most dinners I attend are philanthropic in nature and require a nice dress and heels, but for this dinner, Capital Striders running club members had to don their favorite running gear/race shirt, and a medal from their favorite race 🙂 It was a really cute idea. I wore my Chicago Rock n’ Roll race shirt because that’s the first race I’ve ever done in 90 degrees and still managed to PR. I also wore my medal from my second half-marathon, which was last October, because it’s the first half in which I finished in less than 2 hours. I also tried to channel one of my favorite athletes, Sanya Richards-Ross. How did I do?


Talking about my newbie spoils from the past year with other runners in my region during the social hour and dinner was a ton of fun! I also met the hosts of the Run Iowa podcast, and did a segment of their podcast show with them, which was really cool.  We talked trail running, our favorite races, and some of our hard-earned personal records. Very nerdy usie, but I digress…


I also won a Nathan hydration pack as a door prize, which is a lightweight backpack that you can use to carry water, keys, your phone, etc. It’s an absolute must for longer runs without water stops. I remember when I attempted my first 8-miler in the summer heat without water…my husband (then fiancé) had to drive to me and bring me a water bottle. Needless to say, I’ve gotten smarter. I can’t wait to test it out and post a review.


I just finished today’s 6-miler to close out this week of running, and it was a fairly solid week.

This week’s running:

Tuesday: 4-mile treadmill run + core exercises (Russian twists, bicycle crunches, planks, mountain climbers)

Thursday: 3.1-mile speed workout. Hit some paces I haven’t seen since I did track workouts last summer. During this run, I ran the downtown loop near my office and used traffic lights to signal the end of an interval.

Sunday: 6.2 miles total. Ran a 5-mile out and back loop with Nala, dropped her off at home, and finished the last 1.2 miles solo.

This week, I really need to tighten up my nutrition. I did fine during the week, but the Chinese we had last night for dinner has been sticking to my stomach. I felt so heavy during those 6 miles this morning! Looking forward to a new week and another chance to get it right.



Training Log – Week of February 22-28, 2016

The last full week of February was not as busy as the week before, so I got some solid workouts in! Even though I ended up working a little late Friday and bringing work home with me over the weekend, everything on my to-do list has been completed 🙂

Monday, February 22 – Rest Day

Tuesday, February 23 – Kettlebell Strength Workout and IronStrength Drills (40 minutes total)

Wednesday, February 24 – 5 mile treadmill run

Thursday, February 25 – Rest Day

Friday, February 26 – 3.2 mile run with a stair workout

Saturday, February 27- Core drills

Sunday, February 28 – 5 mile run with this little cutie below and Ironstrength 20-minute workout.


Training Log, February 8-21

Welcome to my training log for the past two weeks! I like to read other bloggers’ training logs to get a sense of how they structure their workouts and posting my own keeps me accountable. I’ll also try to post at least one workout or run each week on Instagram as well.

That said, getting sick, working 10 hour-plus days, and traveling has led to a less-than-stellar workout schedule, but I managed to fit some activity in. I didn’t run or lift weights while I was sick because the last time I tried to bang out five miles while feeling sick, I ended up feeling worse, and I needed to get better as soon as possible to adequately manage a very busy and tense couple of weeks at work.

February 8-12: complete week off from running and weight-lifting

February 13 – yoga at home (Jillian Michaels – Cardio Yoga)

February 14- Valentine’s Day!

February 15 – 4 mile run

February 16 – Full Ironstrength workout

February 17 – Kettlebell strength workout

February 18 – 4.5 mile run with coworkers

February 19-21 – out of town for a bachelorette party! I didn’t get to fit my usual weekend run in but did lots of airport walking and an “exotic dance” class with the bride and fellow bridesmaids ….that has to count, right? 🙂

How did your training go last week?