Rock & Roll VA Beach Training: Week 1 Recap

Last week was my first “official week” of training for the Rock & Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon.  If the next 12 weeks are anything like this first week, I’ll be in heaven (note: yes, I set up a 13 week training plan because I think it’s a luckier number than 12 or 14. I might have got that idea from Taylor Swift… but hey, it works for her!)


Great kick off to training!

As you can see from the snapshot of the plan above, the days for my workouts got shifted around a little bit from the extreme heat wave that rocked DC but the miles were covered so I’m happy about that.  I think the key to me finishing this training cycle happy and healthy will be adapting.

I’m pretty happy with my commitment to cross training and I hope I can keep it up as the weeks go on.  Suze and I checked out a yoga class out our gym yesterday morning and were really impressed.  The instructor gave great instruction.  It was a little bit more stretchy than balancy but it was a great class and I think it contributed to the success of today’s long run (which felt amazing).  I felt much stronger in class, particularly in my arms, than I did when I was taking yoga classes this winter and I have a feeling it’s because I have been rocking the Nike Training Club app so frequently.  I’m kind of obsessed with it.

This app will kick your booty

Today’s long run was a crazy awesome success for me.  Despite starting at 7 am (which meant waking up at 6 am), I had one of those runs where everything clicked perfectly.  I paced really well, breathed fine, made a new running buddy, and felt like I could have kept going after I was done. My heart rate was up a little (closer to a lot) but it didn’t bother me at all.  I think it’s because it’s the first run I’ve had in 2 months without medicine  artificially keeping it lower.

And we saw baby geese!!! This picture is for you, Steena! Bahahaha!

Look at those little babies!! Aww!

Now I just need to find a way to avoid stopping for fast food breakfast every Sunday morning.  I was so hungry after today’s run and had to stop and grab a McMuffin.  I suppose I could have worse vices than crappy breakfast sandwiches 🙂

Red faced sweaty happiness...

How was your weekend? Any fun workouts?



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13 responses to “Rock & Roll VA Beach Training: Week 1 Recap

  1. hahahaha 🙂 Thanks of thinking of me during your encounter with Geese!

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      I seriously stopped running when I saw the goose and was like “Oh no. That goose is going to be mean!” But it was distracted by its babies. 🙂

  2. All in all there are worse breakfasts than an Egg McMuffin. Do you eat before your run? Can you have something healthy ready when you’re done so you are tempted?

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      I do eat before. I had half a bagel with peanut butter. I don’t want to give myself an upset stomach or risk having to use the bathroom while running (because I don’t always pass them) so I don’t want to eat too much. I think I may need to just pre-prepare breakfast. Or make BF wake up early to cook for me haha.

  3. Maybe pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for after? Or a granola bar. Just something to tide you over a bit!

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      Oh, leaving something in my car is a really smart idea. I’m kind of embarrassed that I didn’t think of it haha.

  4. Yayyyyy for your upcoming half!!! You are so going to ROCK IT!!! You’re run sounds like it was pretty perfect, what a great feeling! It’s been SUPER hot here in Charlotte, too! I found that when I trained for my marathon, I just made sure I got my mileage in (unless my body wasn’t feelin’ up to it) and I kinda did my own thing during the week!

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      I hope so! I’m kind of excited to get to the longer distance runs – mostly because I have friends training for marathons and feel like a slacker with my mileage haha. I’m so amazed by all of you who run full marathons! You’re awesome 🙂

  5. I’m really happy for you about your great run!
    The most favorite part EVER was your mention of Taylor Swift. Ahhh! I LOVE her!
    Definitely a perfect idea to make it 13 weeks in her honor. 🙂

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      This is one of my favorite blog comments ever. I’m so glad someone a) Got the 13 thing and b) Didn’t think I was insane for it.

  6. I love the NTC app, the Butt Blaster makes me so for days, it is awesome

    • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

      I’ve got a knot in my actual butt cheek for the first time in my life after using the Butt Blaster. It was ridiculous haha.

  7. I love your blog! Its awesome that you are using the NTC app, I have been using it too, its fabulous! Just wanted to give you a heads up, there is a contest going on right now to have your own drill end up on the NTC app. Here’s the link:


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