Last Two Days

My official training for Disney begins September 20 and my first long run is a 9 miler.  I figured I could inch my way up to 9 by doing 7 or 8 miles in the couple weeks leading up.  For my long runs, my time is suppose to be slowed down by a minute (10:04 min/mile) than race pace of 9:04 min/mile for my goal of a sub 4 hour marathon finish.  That feels so slow to me right now!  But, I know I need to slow myself down a bit to sustain all those miles!  So, yesterday evening I did my first longish run of 8 miles.  It was ridiculously hot outside (about 90 degrees) and the sun was beating me down for the first part of the run.  Then I got some relief as the sun set below the trees.  My overall time was 1:15 and my pace was 9:29 min/mile. 

1:  9:25
2:  9:16
3:  9:28
4:  9:25
5:  9:29
6:  9:34
7:  9:30
8:  9:44

As you can see, I'm not improving my time with each mile as I would like to.  I clearly have some work to do!! 

Today I ran 5 miles at the gym with a 8:48 min/mile pace.  I started slow and ended faster, just how I like it.  Then I did some weights and worked my core.  Then, I had to hop in the shower and run errands.  This next week is going to be rough on me but then I get a little time off after that.  I can't wait! 

Time for some cinnamon coffee :) 

Is your cup half full or half empty today?  I'm trying to see the bright side of things right now but I'm slightly stressed.  If I can just make it through this next week I'll be great! 

Bye friends,
Leah B.


  1. How exciting, are getting into training mode! ::hugs:: I hope your week improves.

  2. Love the cup! Great start to the training. With 4 young kids, I know Disney is in my near future for a race.

  3. Good job on your 8 miler! That is still a good pace as you increase in your mileage! I like the training widget on your blog, I've never seen that before!

  4. How can life be bad after cinnamon coffee?

  5. nice splits as always - but you are a nibble little minx

  6. Good running!!! Hope the heat lets up

  7. A new training session is always exciting. Odds are you are not hurt and you have lots of energy. Enjoy it!

  8. Yay for the new training cycle! So exciting! And, I know, it's hard to slow yourself down, but it really does help you to build endurance and eventually run faster. :)

  9. I must say my cup is overflowing today! I’m in a good space with running and life in general. Maybe because I’m off to the mountains tomorrow…? Your training is going well. Take it easy on the longer runs. You can work at speed on the shorter ones. Good luck and take care!

  10. I know it's tough running slower but you really do conserve energy. Don't worry too much about pace on your long runs, just get in the miles comfortably.

  11. I love training mode! It's a good day today, so it's half full.

  12. I find it hard to run slow as well. It's a huge challenge. Nice pace!

  13. very excited for you for your Disney race!!
    Cinnamon Coffee!! YUM

    I gave you a blog award!

  14. You are doing awesome! You will be amazed how much you will improve...even over the next two months:) Trust me on this one! You had a great run with speedy splits! Nice work!

  15. Hope everything is going smoothly!
    LOVE you dear


  16. Wow - training starts so soon! That's exciting!!