Happy Sunday everyone!! How is everyone’s morning so far?? Mine has been great! I woke up this morning to thunder and lightning, which made me decide to skip church. Bad Niki, I know, I just hate getting out in storms. It finally cleared up about an hour ago, so Sadie and I headed out for a nice, long walk. We walked to the neighborhood across the street from ours and down to the lake. I think Sadie loved all the new smells!! It was probably a little over 2 miles round trip and now she is passed out on the carpet by my feet!!

This afternoon, Al and I are heading over to his sister’s house to see his nieces (my soon to be nieces!!). I imagine there will be some swimming and cooking out going on as long as the weather cooperates! I am so excited! I’ve never been over to their house! They live about an hour or so away so we have never made the trip out there together. So I am super pumped to go!!

I think I finally decided on a training plan for the half marathon. I bought the book, Run Less Run Faster, that goes along with the FIRST training plan and really think it would work out best for me. The plan is 18 weeks long but I am going to cut it down to 16 weeks. I am doing this mostly because I need a few extra weeks to increase my long run to 8 miles, which is where the plan starts. I think the speed work and tempo runs are going to be killer!! I am going to start trying to do some similar tempo and speed work this week and see how it goes!! As for cross training, I’m still not sure what I will do. I would love to bike but the bike I use is my dad’s and kept at my parent’s house. I could maybe persuade him to let me have it for training! We’ll see! I don’t have any access to a pool for swimming( besides my parents house) or any gym equipment so I am kinda out of luck there. The book says weight training isn’t considered cross training and didn’t say anything about walking. So not sure what I’m gonna do about that!!

What is everyone doing today? Hope ya’ll have a fabulous Sunday!!


  1. Sounds good. I can't wait to hear about it. I have actaully always wanted to try the FIRST plan, but it never seems to work at the time.

  2. Have a great time with the future family!

    When I was doing research on the FIRST plan, mainly on their website, it said that walking and easy recovery running was ok for cross training. (I like doing a Sunday recovery run, so I specifically looked into it a lot!)

    I say that a good walk with Sadie is great for crosstraining since other options seem complicated.
    Can't wait to see how you do with the plan :)

  3. Aw :) Yay for a mini road trip with your future husband! Have fun! And that sounds like a great training plan!

  4. I've heard great htings baout the FIRST plan. Good luck!

  5. I LOVE the FIRST plan and am using it for my Chicago marathon training. The first time I used it, I didn't really bike or swim much. I made sure I got all 3 runs in and then did a lot of core work at home. I shaved 26 minutes off my marathon time when I finally raced. This time around I felt better able to work in some cross training so I've been biking. I'll be able to see if it helps come race day. I think you'll be fine if you stick with the running and do some strength stuff when you can.