My Training So Far

Let’s talk running! I’ve been nailing my workouts. With Jack Daniel’s plan you pick a peak mileage for the training cycle- I’m going with 55. Those miles are broken down into two quality workouts a week and easy runs. Each week he gives you a percentage of peak mileage to hit. So if my two quality workouts equal 22 miles- say a 14m long run and a 8m speed- and my mileage for the week is 90%- 50 miles- I fill in the rest of the week with 28 easy miles. What I like about this is that I can run 7 days a week or 4 days a week, as long as I get in my miles. All that to say, my easy, filler miles are usually 6 miles, sometimes 8, done at 8:20 or slower pace, and I take one day completely off. Phew, that was longer than I expected… here’s a look at a few of my quality runs so far. Note that the runs on June 29th and July 6th were done on the treadmill.


Between the heat/humidity and pumping, I was struggling with dehydration in the beginning of training. I restocked my Nuun supply and I’ve been good to go ever since! I drink a full glass of Nuun before every run, even ones on the treadmill.

Restocked Nuun

Even Kara know’s how important it is to stay hydrated while running 😉

Kara Nuun

Surprisingly, running outside in the evening hasn’t been that bad. You’d think with the blazing sun and heat of the day it would be harder than a 5AM run with no sun, but I think the humidity is just so horrible in the mornings that it makes it a bit harder. I came prepared for the below evening run with Nuun to drink after while I stretched and Halo Top for the car ride home. I’ve said it before, but I think Halo Top is the perfect post run treat. Perfect amount of calories, carbs, sugar and protein. Plus, it’s cold and delicious!


Of course sushi makes a great post run treat, too! I’ve got my real baby and food baby once all the sushi’s gone, haha.


I’m excited for my training to ramp up in intensity and really see what I can do. I’m not excited for what it’s going to do to my energy, haha. I keep throwing that word balance out there, but there are only so many hours in a day. Making sure I’m the best mom and wife is top priority and I hope I can be both of those AND be a successful runner… all while working 40 hrs/wk. I keep reminding myself that I don’t HAVE to run, I GET to run. So when I complain that I’m too tired, it’s my own fault, haha. Here’s to the weekend!

I’m linking up with Erin for my weekend snapshot, Katiefor MIMM and the Weekly Wrap!


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  1. Good luck with upping the intensity! I’ve just done the same with my training, and even without a little baby it’s been hard, but I’m sure you’ll absolutely boss it! Also I cannot believe how big Kara is already, time really flies!

    • I love the boss it! Good luck to you, too 🙂 And tell me about time flying!! Where did 7 months go?!

  2. I don’t see how you do it all! I’m very impressed. You are definitely proof that time is what you make of it. I would definitely agree that the humidity is the lowest later in the day! We were given Jack Daniel’s book as part of our coaching course. Much of the course was based on his idea’s. I’ve never heard of Halo Top. Kara is growing so fast and is a cutie pie. Thanks for linking, Heather!

    • You HAVE to try Halo Top- So good! Glad to hear a coaching course uses JD, makes me feel even more confident in his method.

    • I know it! Yesterday was 98 degrees at 5:30! It’s just a trade off I guess. I try and find shaded areas to run and that helps the temp a bit… seems like a lose lose situation sometimes haha

  3. I had never heard of this plan. I am interested to see how it goes. I used Jeff Galloway, mainly for the flexibility in number of days I needed to run, and for slow mileage build.
    Life can be a bit overwhelming sometimes but I agree with your perspective… I get to run instead of I have to run changes everything.

    • Jack Daniel’s is similar and very flexible. As long as you get your two quality workouts in, it doesn’t matter how many days you run. How did the Galloway plan work out for you?

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