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Workouts: HM Training Week 2 + Back to BodyPump

It was such a great week of workouts!

First, I wrapped up week 2 of half marathon training feeling super strong. I am following a training plan that is challenging me, especially when it comes to speed and tempo runs. I go into them wondering how I can possibly pull it off and then it happens and it’s hard but I get it done…and it feels amazing. I’m using a training plan that requires me to plug in a recent race time to give me my training paces and estimated race finish time. It’s pushing me but I want to PR and I have a time goal in mind. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve worked towards a goal like this and I LOVE it!


Second, I taught BodyPump for the first time since January…and realized how much I’ve missed it and how great of a workout it is. BodyPump is the first group fitness class I ever got certified to teach and I credit it for giving me the skills and knowledge to become the teacher I am today. I taught BodyPump for six years before giving it up in January due to schedule conflicts and needing to focus my teaching efforts. It is so much fun to teach and the best total body workout. I need more BodyPump in my life. I am going to be SO sore tomorrow!


Easy Run

4 mile run @ 8:05 pace

I was supposed to run 3 miles at a 9ish pace but I had so much energy and the run felt amazing so I just went with it.


Strength + Yoga

Strength Circuit x 5

10 deadlifts (105#)
10 pull ups (kipping)
10 push ups
10 GHD sit ups


Monthly Ritz Carlton class hosted by my friend Kyle!


Speed Work

4 miles, 1 mile warm up, 2 x 1600 at 7:06 pace with 800 meter recover after each mile


I have been so good about foam rolling this training cycle and it’s helping so much. Especially with my IT bands!


Easy Run + Strength


2 miles at 9:03 pace

Strength Circuit x 5

12 back squats (85#)
10 bench press (85#)
10 supine toes to bar (ab exercise)




Long Run

8 miles at 8:56 pace in 95% humidity (HOLY CRAP!)


It rained all night Friday and into the early morning hours. I kept hitting snooze on my alarm and finally got up and told myself if it was raining, I’d postpone my long run. It wasn’t raining so I laced up my shoes and hit the road. It was CRAZY humid but I was so motivated seeing all of the other runners out getting their long runs done. I passed so many running groups and everyone was greeting each other and smiling. I’ve missed BodyPump AND running! 🙂


BodyPump + Yoga

I taught BodyPump and yoga at the Y. I practiced with my yoga class (which I don’t usually do) because there were only three students + assisting is not encouraged at the Y and I don’t know what to do if I don’t assist!!!!

So the overall mix ended up being…
– 2 yoga practices
– 3 strength workouts
– 4 runs
– 1 rest day

Tell me about your week of workouts. What are you loving? Where are you feeling strong? 

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Heather September 14, 2014, 10:01 pm

    Would you mind me asking where you went or was there a website that helped you with your training schedule? It’s great working towards a goal!!


  • Brittany September 14, 2014, 10:38 pm

    I was actually wondering the same thing, is the training schedule you used available for us to plug in our times and use as well? 🙂 I hope to get back into strength workouts soon. I love your posts like these! Thank you!

  • Teri {a foodie stays fit} September 14, 2014, 10:47 pm

    I love seeing all these runs!!! 🙂 you’re doing awesome in your training girl! We should run the next time I’m in Charlotte! Xoxox

  • Cate September 15, 2014, 1:20 am

    I agree with the other commenters. Just curious which training plan you’re using. I ran a marathon this summer and am thinking of training for a half but with a time goal. You’re doing great btw!

  • Sam @ Pancakewarriors September 15, 2014, 2:17 am

    Jen I’ve taken your body pump class you are such a great instructor! I bet you had a great class (thought I recognized the YMCA photo!). Pretty awesome that you got up and ran Saturday am it was miserable out with the humidity. Love the updates on the running!! I’m thinking of doing the Kiawah half again but am undecided as of yet! Every time I see someone training for a race it makes me remember how awesome and accomplished you feel after the race (and training). I getting back in the yoga studio this evening and can not wait. Have a great Monday!

  • Brynn September 15, 2014, 8:51 am

    Love the diversity in your workouts. That is what I have been focusing on; a mix of cardio, strength, agility, and flexibility. I enjoy my workouts so much with all of the variations.

  • Cassy @ Wine & Dine to the Finish Line September 15, 2014, 10:41 am

    I’m not sure if you can really delve into this more, but is there a reason why the Y doesn’t encourage assisting? I’m studying for my fitness certification right now, so I’m taking a lot of classes to get a feel for instructor’s cues and different teaching styles and I’ve found that the instructors I enjoy the most always assist to an extent!

  • tara September 15, 2014, 1:17 pm

    WOW you are calling a 4 mile run at 8 min pace an easy run. ! good for you !!! I’m a little eh right now for workouts. I am training for a half marathon as well (my first) and my body is feeling it for sure so workouts are not as good for me now im mostly just sore and trying to finish my training injury free. I won’t even give my times for my runs since they are WAY off from yours, but for me finishing is the name of the game right now. I think that’s why i have a love/hate relationship with running. At some point I feel like its so competitive (i’m competitive by nature and tend to be disappointed when i dont hit my goals) and i feel like at every race someone asks….”when are you gonna do X race”. Like at my 10k it was when are you gonna do a half, you gotta do a half, etc. so then i start to think what’s wrong with me i gotta do the half ! Then its what was your time and the next time its did you get a PR. I guess i just gotta stay in my own head for now. But i’m with you….when you are doing good, there is not much that beats that high after you complete a particularly tough run ! I’ve got 12 miles to do this weekend and the only thing pushing me through is that 2 mins of pure bliss i get once its over and i’ve made it through. you know…before all the tightness sets in : )

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