Nutrition, Running, STL, Whole30, workouts

So I’m Running a Half Marathon on Sunday…

oh yea. That snuck up on me. So remember when I posted about my CrossFit Endurance Half Marathon Training Plan?


Well somewhere in between all our traveling, school, and horrible weather I just didn’t keep up with it. I know that I have gotten faster, but I needed to know that I could run the distance. So I just added in some long runs when I could… I know I CAN finish – I just don’t know how fast at this point. I am SO excited to have my friend Emily coming into town to run with me, but she has been out for awhile due to a knee injury. I’m deciding to just take this race as a fun run and hope to PR.  I plan on getting some more speed training in before the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next month, but I hear the course is hilly. Regardless of how the clock says I do on Sunday, I know I’m WAY fitter than I was last year when I ran this race (Thanks, CrossFit!)


Obviously not the best comparison shot. But last year I was busting out of my Mens Size Large Jersey. That same jersey is baggy now! Having less weight to carry for 13.1 miles is going to make a huge difference. If I had to guess around that time last year I was probably hovering around 215lbs give or take – Today I weight 189 (yes, I weighed myself on the Whole30. If that’s the worst thing I do these 30 days I’m doing ok). That is 26lbs difference, but I know I’ve gotten a lot stronger and likely gained muscle.

Last year I my longest training run was 8 miles. This year I did a 10 mile training run 2 weeks out. On the treadmill. I’m pretty sure if I can do 10 on the treadmill I can do anything.

This past week I’ve been eating super clean being on the Whole30 – and hydrating like crazy. My only concern is my fueling, since I haven’t tried any natural things like Dates/Rasins I may just stick with my Honey Stingers (at least they are organic!) and Nuun. I’m still not sure though.

All that to say I really am looking forward to this race, it’s going to be fun.. I love the racing environment. It’s electric. Pushing yourself to the limits and then going further is exhilarating. Not to mention watching the Dick’s Sporting Goods #RunFor videos has got me super pumped up to run. Check out this one from last week, I think it is my favorite yet.

If Team Hoyt can run 1000+ races including several IRON MAN races, I certainly can go out there and knock out 13.1 miles.

What do you #runfor? Any races coming up? Hows your training going?


40 thoughts on “So I’m Running a Half Marathon on Sunday…”

  1. I am sure you will be fine!! Sometimes I dont even worry about time, and I just make sure that I enjoy the experience! Gels can be tough sometimes, I usually do Cliff Shot Bloks, but if you haven’t tried them before.. I’d stick with what you know. It is tough to go natural when fuelling that’s for sure!!


    1. That’s what I decided to do afterall – and I had a good time! I do like Shot Blocks but they aren’t on my Whole30. I ended up using Honey Stingers, though they still weren’t whole 30 approved they were organic!


  2. Reading about your half plan made me feel a million and one times better about my 10k training, so I can’t wait to hear how it works out for you!!


    1. I was certainly set up to PR – but it just didn’t happen. Read my race recap! I’m sure if I had stuck to the plan I would have PR’d considerably!


  3. I run for myself but I’m also in a runner/rider program and run for those who can’t. It is a program inspired by the Hoyts. Team Hoyt Virginia Beach. It gives my running so much more meaning knowing that I can help someone else that normally would’nt get the opportunity to run a race. I’ve met alot of truly incredible athletes and their parents inspire me as well. I never get sick of watching any Team Hoyt videos. Rick and Dick are truly inspiring. I’m getting ready to run the Nike Women’s 1/2 in DC at the end of the month and have several other 1/2 coming up this summer and ending the year with running MCM for the second year in a row for the charity The Fisher House. Good luck on your 1/2! Have fun! 🙂


  4. Good luck this weekend! I’m sure you’ll do fine, like you said, you are lighter and stronger than last year and that makes a whole world of difference!


  5. oh my goodness, that video!!! it’s amazing! thank you so much sharing! just found out through Holly that we are running the same half on Sunday…looks like you are more prepared than I am!!


  6. I’m running my first 1/2 on May 11! I can’t wait. Seeing everyone post about this race on Sunday makes me so excited for mine! I’ll be cheering you on!


  7. Cheering you on! Have fun–you’ll do great.
    Probably best to stick to fuel that you’re comfortable with. Race Day 101–don’t try anything new/anything you haven’t tried during training.


  8. Great post! Yes I’ve got a hilly half marathon coming up in 4 weeks (and I’ve just re-injured my ITB boooo) and then another half marathon in 8 weeks. Can’t wait to hear how you get on with fueling, that’s been my concern on the WHole30.


    1. So I ended up using Honey Stinger Organic Chews (not Whole30) but don’t think I would have made it without them. I had gatorade too. It just got too hot. Not sure how else I could have done it…


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