Friday, January 30, 2015

Fitness Friday–1/30


Currently training for
Louisiana Half Marathon
Rock ‘n’ Roll NOLA Half Marathon

Disney’s Glass Slipper Challenge 
Disney’s Castaway Challenge

–  Travel Day!
SundayRock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon (race recap coming soon!)  
Monday –  Rest Day 
Tuesday –  Stretching and foam rolling
Wednesday – More foam rolling – also a few upper body exercises
Thursday –  Rest Day
Friday – Going to attempt a run for the first time since Sunday

Fitness Friday (4)

I’m not going to lie, I had a reaaaally hard time with the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon this past Sunday. My body was tired, sore, and I seriously hurt from the previous weekend. I honestly felt as if I had just run a Full Marathon the weekend before (the Louisiana Half where I ran for 2 hour straight without stopping) and was trying to run another half the following weekend. What was my body’s deal? It was only a half the weekend before, so why did I hurt so much 7 whole days later?
My stubbornness showed itself during the Louisiana Half……but this time, I actually decided to listen to common sense. You know, the old saying “listen to your body and what it’s trying to tell you”? Yeah, I finally decided to listen to that one. I’ve run 5 full marathons altogether and although I wasn’t as sore after the recent Louisiana Half as I’ve been after my other full marathons, I decided to treat my recovery as if I ran a full marathon anyway. That’s what I felt my body telling me to do, so that’s what I’m going to do.

I met a really nice man and his wife after RnR NOLA as we were checking out of our hotel. He was 80 years old and his wife was 75 and they came to NOLA to run the 10K! He told me that they used to run full and half marathons in the past but have cut way back on them as they’ve grown older. His wife told me that the true secret and key to running for a long time is listening to your body. I knew her advice was truly meant for me and I told them that I appreciated it more than they’ll ever know. I still want to be able to run when I’m 80! How cool is that?

Fitness Friday

How sweet is this? On our running group’s website, our coach acknowledged those who ran the past two weekend’s in New Orleans and Baton Rouge!

Fitness Friday

I really enjoyed the Rouse’s King Cake I purchased while in New Orleans! PJ’s Southern Pecan coffee is delicious, too!

This was a fabulous week for the Princess Half Marathon!

Fitness Friday (2)

Waviers were released….

Fitness Friday (3)

…and I received my Magic Bands, Sparkle Skirts gear, and ME tags/DCL documents in the mail! Guess that means I really need to get the ball rolling on my race costumes! Can’t wait to share with all of you! :D

Speaking of the Princess Half, don’t forget about the giveaway happening right now for an adorable Princess themed running top!  Giveaway ends on Monday, so enter before it’s too late!

How do you handle recovery after a difficult race? Have you learned to listen to your body and what it’s trying to tell you?


  1. Glad you are listening to your body Karen! Running a sub 2 half marathon is tough and your body needs a little recovery time. Wish I'd listened to mine after I ran a sub 2 and maybe I wouldn't have had a calf strain. And yes...I'd love to still be running when I'm 80! How cool!

    1. Thanks, Mindy! It's hard to do sometimes but so necessary. I'm glad your injury has recovered!

  2. I had serious hip issues at the race on Sunday so I didn't run until wednesday, and even then it was a slow 2.5 miles. I have been doing lots of rolling and stretching!

    1. Yes, those streets are crazy and hard on the body! I've been doing lots of rolling as well.

  3. Woooo Hoooo!!! I have made your blog 3 times this week!! I feel Famous!!! LOL
    I pray you are fully recovered before Disney!!

    1. You are so silly. I feel so much better now! Just needed a little time off! :)


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