Half Marathon Training, Week 2 Update

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We finally made it back from Arizona yesterday. It took three days for a couple reasons. First of all, we didn’t want to come back and decided to spend one more night in AZ and went to the Arizona Biltmore Resort. You can check out this earlier post if you want to see why we were so eager to stay there.  We hung by the pool and drank too much, especially for the 3 mile run on Thursday! We spent one night in Las Vegas, Just because we could! Then we drove 11 hours to get to Boise, Idaho to visit some friends that we never see enough and had a great night with them. So, how did this effect our running schedule? Well, we ran the 3 miles Tuesday in Chandler, which was wonderful. It was sunny and warm enough to wear shorts and a tank top. Thursday we ran at the Biltmore which was in Scottsdale where the temperatures are really starting to heat up this time of the year. This was a tough run for me, as I mentioned before I had too much to drink the night prior and did not enjoy the hangover pounding in my head all the way to my feet!   But I still appreciated running in the sun. We were scheduled to run 5 miles on Saturday but had to defer that one until today because we were in the car for 8 hours yesterday, trying to get back to Seattle. So today’s run was colder, and really windy! I had a head wind at the turn around but I did manage to avoid the rain, that started later in the day. Mentally, it is tough to gear up for these colder runs when I was so spoiled for the last three weeks! I already miss Arizona but am determined to keep to the schedule, winter be damned!

Time to go rock climbing at Vertical World Redmond. Climbing at AZ on the Rocks was great, but we are really looking forward to the new routes and seeing old friends at our home gym.

March 2017 Half Marathon Training Schedule

This is a blank and printable March Calendar. Courtesy of WinCalendar.com

February 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 26

Week 1

  Feb 28

4 miles

1

 

2

3 miles

3

 

4

5 miles

5 week 2

 

6

 

7

3 miles

8

 

9

3 miles

10

 

11

5 miles

12 week 3

 

13

 

14

4 miles

15

 

16

4 miles

17

 

18

6 miles

19 week 4

 

20

 

21

4 miles

22

 

23

4 miles

24

 

25

6 miles

26 week 5

 

27

 

28

5miles

29

 

30

5miles

31

 

 
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I wil leave you with this image from the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas!

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Week One Half Marathon Training, Done!

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Our first week went really well, how could it not? We have beautiful, sunny, warm Arizona weather to thank!

I ran on Tuesday morning for 4 miles here in Chandler. But my husband had to go to a conference in New York, so he ran his 4 in Central Park in the afternoon. He arrived back in AZ late Wednesday night so we were able to run together on Thursday (3miles) and today, Saturday, for the 5 mile, long run of the week. We also managed to get in some putting on the practice greens and rock climbing at AZ on the Rocks again.

Personally I hit a small milestone. I have been using the Nike running app to log my miles and started June  7th, 2016. Todays run put me over the 400 mile mark. Looking forward to 500! Maybe I will get a foot message to celebrate!

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Next week has me worried! The Tuesday run should be fine but we leave Arizona on Wednesday for the road trip back home. We are planning to return via a different route back to Seattle, maybe staying at the Arizona Biltmore one night (if you are wondering why we would stop so close to Chandler, then check out the pics here), then heading to Vegas for a day. I don’t know what weather or running opportunities will present to us, should be interesting!

 

March 2017 Half Marathon Training Schedule
This is a blank and printable March Calendar. Courtesy of WinCalendar.com

February 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 26

Week 1

  Feb 28

4 miles

1

 

2

3 miles

3

 

4

5 miles

5

week 2

 

6

 

7

3 miles

8

 

9

3 miles

10

 

11

5 miles

12

week 3

 

13

 

14

4 miles

15

 

16

4 miles

17

 

18

6 miles

19

week 4

 

20

 

21

4 miles

22

 

23

4 miles

24

 

25

6 miles

26

week 5

 

27

 

28

5miles

29

 

30

5miles

31

 

 

Rock Climbing on the Road

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One of the most important criteria we use when deciding where to travel is our workout routine. We want a destination where we have easy access to a yoga studio, good running paths and a great indoor rock climbing gym (or two if we are lucky!) We have to be careful about the rock gyms, some are bouldering only, or are just one or two walls that are designed for after school programs. We usually have to spend a fair amount of time to ferret out a gym with top rope and lead climbing options. Not the case here in Arizona! There were a multitude of gyms to choose from, all fairly close with a number of climbing options. We chose AZ on the Rocks which had the climbing options we wanted as well as a yoga studio.

We have heard some pretty horrible stories about gyms across the nation that do not pay close attention to safety. Sure, most gyms will have you sign a waiver but the first time you enter their gym the staff should take some basic precautions. I don’t want to climb in a gym where they do not check that you have the basic knowledge required to be safe in their facility. There were no such problems at AZ on the rocks! After we filled out the waiver we watched a short video on the expectations and guidelines in the gym. We were belay checked and given a few details about how they do things (and there were some important differences from our home gym, so it was good that the staff took that time to educate us). Then we were off! Since it was our first time there we did not lead climb, just worked the top ropes. The gym was clean, free of hazards and the ratings were true, meaning a 5.10+ really climbed like a 5.10+!

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AZ on the Rocks has over 14,000 square feet of climbing area

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We did not boulder this visit but, there were many walls dedicated to bouldering

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This is the cave and a great place to work on inverted climbing

 

They also had a ninja training area upstairs. They did not have as many features that we have seen in other ninja gyms but it was still fun to try some of those ninjalike obstacles.

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Above, on the left is the cage you must move from one end to the other.

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A view of the cage from below

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Monkey bars with holds on the side for traversing

But my favorite feature was the tread wall. If you have not seen these before, it is a treadmill in the sense that it moves continuously and you can climb forever! It can be inverted, sped up or you can climb for time. Definitely challenging and my first time to play on it-I want to do this one again!

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We will definitely be going back to this gym over the course of the next two weeks while we are in Arizona. If you get the chance, we really recommend it!

My hubby in a new shirt from AZ on the Rocks!

dennis