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Before I recap my week of training, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who congratulated me on my 2:11:08 performance at the Love Run Half Marathon. It was a very emotional experience and I’m still on cloud nine! Your positive comments and well wishes mean the world to me.
Now, I’m keeping up the momentum and looking forward to the next big race – the Buffalo Half Marathon! I’ve heard such great things about this race and it’ll be here before I know it! I’ll be sharing my training over the next several weeks and I hope you enjoy following my progress along the way!
I’m joining Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Weekly Training Recap linkup and HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap! These are great ways to keep accountable and share your workouts with fellow runners!Training for the @buffalomarathon half in May! Find out why you should too! #bibravepro #runchat Click To Tweet
I’m very excited to be moving into my next phase of spring training for the Buffalo Half Marathon coming up on May 28, 2017! This will be my first distance race in the Queen City and a particularly special race because it’s in my hometown of Buffalo, New York! Believe it or not, I’ve never run a race of this magnitude in Buffalo. The closest I’ve done is a year of high school track and that was a LONG time ago!
I will continue to work with Coach Laura who has already kicked off my training plan for this race. I’m SO excited to see how things go since I’m still riding the high of my 2:11 half marathon at the Love Run!
The Buffalo Marathon Weekend features the 5K and mini half marathon for kids on Saturday and the half marathon and full marathon on Sunday, so there’s something for everyone! Here’s more detail for the half marathon:
The half marathon will start with the full marathon, the course is relatively flat and fast with great volunteer support and a scenic view of downtown’s waterfront and its major landmarks. The course has been designed for our athletes to enjoy views of Lake Erie, LaSalle Park, First Niagara Center Home of the Buffalo Sabres, Forest Lawn Cemetery, parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and many other Buffalo highlights.
The weekend will also include a pasta party on Saturday night for $20 registration. I have to admit – it’s tempting to sign up, but I’m probably going to have some of our famous pizza the night before the race! I still think that Buffalo has some of THE best food around!
The course looks great – I’ll be running pretty close to my elementary and high schools, so I know that I’ll be extremely sentimental along the way. I’m looking forward to running around the marina, but I’m almost jealous of the full marathoners because they get to run through Delaware Park! The race starts at 6:30 in the morning, so I’m hoping for some great running weather!
If you’re a bling chaser, the Buffalo Marathon has had some fantastic finisher medals over the years!
— Buffalo Marathon (@BuffaloMarathon) March 27, 2017
And if you’re tired of boring T-shirt for a half marathon, Buffalo’s got you covered! The zip up looks great and I love the red, white, and blue!
In addition to sharing my training recaps each week, I’ll be promoting the Buffalo Half Marathon with my fellow BibRave Pros on social media. If you’re interested in running in Buffalo, you can get $5 off the half marathon or marathon using discount code: 2017-BibRave-JJ! Spread the word to your runner friends from Western New York!
Monday 3/27: Rest day! My calves, quads, and hips were feeling pretty tight after the Love Run Half Marathon!
Tuesday 3/28: Yoga class with the crew after work. As always it was challenging but I made sure not to overdo it, especially when practicing the crow and shoulder stand poses. My quads got a lot of attention!
Wednesday 3/29: Traveling to Kansas City for the NSBE convention! The first day was pretty low-key but I did take a while around the neighborhood near my hotel.
Thursday 3/30: Another full day at the conference, meaning lots of walking!
Friday 3/31: My first run since the Love Run! It was a very relaxing run, a little under 3 miles with some walking intervals with my friend who’s training for a sprint triathlon. It was nice to run through downtown KC.
Saturday 4/1: 5 miles in the evening after a busy day at the conference. I ran to the Penn Valley Park and checked out the Liberty monument at the World War I museum. I encountered a few hills along the way and spotted some bunnies! I finished up by running through the city and over a couple of bridges to finish my mileage.
Sunday 4/2: Traveling back to Philly. I could have done a quick workout in the gym before checking out, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it!
My friend and I went for a nice run this morning in Kansas City! I’m here for the National Society of Black Engineers National Convention and it’s always an inspiring experience! This was my first run since the @loverunphilly half, and I’m not gonna lie, it was nice to have a little running break! If you live in #kansascity let me know where the hot spots are to run! #RWNR #halfmarathontraining #sweatpink #cityfitgirls
This past week was very laid back and I took advantage of it! It was great to have so many rest days and fully recover from the Love Run half marathon. I’m really pleased with Saturday’s long run – I took it nice and easy and didn’t have any shin or knee issues. While I didn’t make it to barre class due to traveling, I’m going to give Week 1 an A-. The hard work is yet to begin, but I’m glad to keep working towards this new goal, especially seeing that I have a lot more to give on the course!
When did you run your first race in your hometown?