In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


An Overdue Walk In My Kicks

It has been 1 month exactly since I last blogged. I deeply apologize for inhibiting you all from reading about my incredibly interesting life. But to be honest, I think I’m doing you a solid. There’s not much new here, I just feel obligated to write since it’s been so long. And because Emily is harassing me about it.

But what IS new? Well…

I’m training again! Thank god. I’ve amped it up to Hal Higdon’s Intermediate training schedule, which means I’ve added a day of running and track workouts. The best part of this round of training? The BF is doing it too! Bennet is an oober athlete. I’m not kidding…he’s done Ironman twice. But he hasn’t always been overly fond of running. So after much convincing, he signed up for the Madison Half Marathon with me! Even though we’re not training together (let’s be real, he’s a lot faster than I am), it’s still fun to plan our runs around the same time and talk about our struggles/accomplishments.

My niece. She’s still cute as ever. Proof:

My SIL took Mila's 10 month pictures yesterday. I can't handle how awesome she is.

My SIL took Mila’s 10 month pictures yesterday. I can’t handle how awesome she is.

But seriously? How adorable.

But seriously? How adorable.

Guys, this is sad, but I can’t think of anything else. My world revolves around work, running, obsessively watching HGTV and Mindy Project, mini traveling vacations on the weekends and just trying to stay sane. Which can be hard to do.

will share a quote my mom sent me not too long ago. It resonated a bit more than other quotes do. And yes, I printed this out and posted in my office, in hopes that it would resonate with others as well. Cough, cough.

I leave you with a lovely beat by one of the greatest bands on the planet.



Movin’ On Up

Today’s Motivation

Today, I made the executive decision to change my marathon training from Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Program to the Novice 2 Program. The Difference? It’s a slight step up in difficulty from Novice 1 with a tad higher mileage.

Why did I change my program? Who knows. I figure if I’m crazy enough to do a marathon, I’m crazy enough to push myself a little harder.

Hal Higdon is apparently the god of running and running programs. The have an AWESOME iPhone app to help with your runs. My one complaint? I have a Droid! I’m bugging them on Twitter and their blog to create an Android version.

Questions for runners:

  • What do you do for your cross training workout?
  • During the marathon (exclude training from this q), do you walk the hills to save energy?
  • What do you eat throughout the day that you find gives you energy for your long runs?
  • How can you get your body used to running in the morning??

Lastly, I’m on dailymile. I have 2 friends, so feel free to add me.


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Day One: In the Books

1 day down, 124 to go.

I’m doing Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Training Program.

I ran today’s scheduled 3 miles in 26 minutes and 14 seconds, averaging 8:44 per mile. My goal is to keep my training under 9-minutes miles. I also want to run the same course in a few weeks but the opposite direction, which is a lot more hilly.

Today was a breeze. I just wish all my workouts could be this easy!

I’m going to need a lot of motivation during my 18 weeks of training. The picture below is the motivation I found today. How inspiring is that? The boy grows out of his legs. If he can find a reason to smile, I sure can.

Picture source: paulkeem