What’s Up Next

I’m sitting in the airport in grand cayman and decided maybe I’ll use the 3 hours I have to write a blog post. I’ll definitely be writing about this trip soon, it’s been a blast! Instead of making you jealous of that, let’s talk what’s next running wise.

Since my race at the end of March, I’ve been keeping up with running but not burning myself out. I started doing a strength training workout called Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines. While I don’t love the name, the workouts are tough!! Lots of jumping/plyometric moves that are killer. My lingering hip pain started flaring up so I’ve been modifying certain exercises that bother it. I’ve been running 3 days a week and slowly upping my mileage to get into the 20s. This week I’m up to running 4 times and will hit 20 miles if all goes according to plan on Sunday. 

  
After my first BBG workout

I think I’ll be ending the Kayla Itsines workouts or using just certain ones since I start back with my personal trainer on Tuesday. I do think they are effective, it’s just hard to manage with upping my mileage. 

  
Lots of jumping in this workout 

So what’s next for me? I’ve done something a little crazy and have signed up for a big race in October and April (2016). And to make it even crazier, both races are marathons.

In October I’ll be running the Marine Corps Marathon with the Runner’s World Challenge. I couldn’t handle another lottery so I bought the VIP package and I’m very excited! My internet turned real life friend, Melissa, is also running it and we’ll be rooming together and hanging out that weekend. I know there will be a few hills and I’ll have to have a 40 min PR to beat the bridge as they call it, so it’s a good thing I’ve become a much stronger runner in the last year. 

Training starts June 1, which coincidentally is exactly a year from when I ran my first marathon, and I’ll be working with Jesica again. Sadly though, she no longer will be living in Atlanta so we won’t get to see each other as much. She’s recommended I get my mileage into the mid 20s this month so I’m ready for what’s to come (I hear mid 40s mileage is headed my way). 

 After my first marathon, claiming I’d never do it again. Now I’m signed up for 2 more 😕

After I conquer that race, I’ll be heading to Europe for the first time (unless a work trip pops up) to run the Paris Marathon next year! I’m hoping Alicia and KT will be coming along. Alicia will just be there for Paris and KT and I will add on a couple cities around Europe after the race. 

I’m pretty excited to get these races on the calendar and to see how I can improve my marathon time. I’m sure there will be a few half marathons on the schedule as well. I’m also running the Peachtree Road Race (10k) again on the Fourth of July.

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