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October 20, 2014

Half-Marathon Training: Week 6

I did it! I ran my second half marathon, and I can’t wait to share the details in an upcoming recap with you!

While I am waiting to receive my photos from the race, I can go ahead and share my final week of training with you, including a few sneak peeks of what race day looked like!

The week before a long distance race usually doesn’t require a crazy amount of miles to log in. I incorporated two three miles runs, a strength training day, and a long walk before the weekend into my plan. While I had every intention of completing all of them, life happened and I didn’t.

It all worked out just fine. Here are the details!

Interested in how I got to Week 6?

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 1

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 2

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 3

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 4

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 5

Half-Marathon Training: Week 6 Recap

Please keep in mind that this is a six week half-marathon training plan I came up with on my own, specifically catered to what works best for me. Feel free to take a look in the archives for my first half-marathon training plan (you will find the section under the Fitness Page) that lasted a duration of ten weeks if you are looking for something closer to a beginner level.

The plan…

6 week half marathon training plan

What I did (Week 6: October 13 – 19, 2014)

• Monday – REST

I wanted to get out there and knock out the three miles, but since my CPT test was the next day, I decided to spend every moment I could studying.

• Tuesday –  REST

As you can imagine, I dedicated my entire morning studying for the test too! I passed, so I guess it was worth it!

I planned to go for my run or even complete a run and workout later that night, but by the time I got home it started raining. I just wasn’t feeling it, and besides, I had some serious celebrating to do. Woo hoo!

• Wednesday –  3 miles + strength training

I knew I needed to get to my run in on Wednesday.

It was my last scheduled training run before my race day, and I also wanted to make up my strength training workout.

I grabbed Roadie for 3 miles around the neighborhood and we had a great run!

post run with roadie

He’s been a little better at not stopping every two seconds to sniff everything. I’m very thankful and excited about that.

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 28:28 mins.

Pace: 9:29 min./mile

After a good ten minutes of rest and stretching, I went down to the basement and put together a dumbbell strength workout.

at-home dumbbell strengthening exercises

It alternated between upper and lower body exercises and Roadie kept me company the entire time.

roadie playing

He’s seriously the best!


After a shower, I turned to the pantry for inspiration and figured it wouldn’t hurt to start carb loading for the race.

shrimp with veggie noodles pasta

I went with penne veggie noodles topped in marinara sauce with spinach and shrimp for protein.

• Thursday –  REST

I always take Roadie for long walks in the afternoon, but didn’t record anything for training purposes. I’m sure one of them equaled a mile or two.

• Friday –  REST

Same as Thursday, workout wise.

• Saturday –  REST

I’m pretty sure I walked enough around the Henry Ford Museum and Downtown Detroit to cover that 30 minute walk I was supposed to do Thursday.

• Sunday –  Half Marathon

Sunday was race day!

I couldn’t believe the day finally came. I was ready for it!

I plan to share a more detailed recap once I get some of the race photos back, but for now here are a few sneak peeks.

Detroit Free Press Half Marathon Hope Water Project race

(Yes, I am apparently “raising the roof” on my way to the finish line…)


Detroit Free Press Marathon finish line 2014

We did it!

Detroit Free Press Half Marathon Hope Water Project 2014

I am so proud of my best friend, Alex! She has been battling an extremely tight and most likely injured IT band for the last couple of weeks and could barely get through the last two long distance training runs.

Going into the race, my goal was for us to cross the finish line together!

I could tell she was hurting pretty bad around the three mile mark. The trainer in me wanted to tell her to stop, but the friend in me pushed her to keep going. I knew she would be really upset with herself if she stopped. We went a lot slower than both of us planned, but we did it. And that’s all that matters to me!

Distance: 13.1 miles

Time: 2:22:47 mins.

Pace: 10:53 min./mile

That said, this half was so much easier for me to get through than my first one. I literally felt like I could run another couple miles when we were done, which was not the case my first go around.

I currently have the itch to race the half distance again and am on the lookout for one coming to my area sooner than later.


After the race, the boys treated us to brunch at a new-to-us and well-known restaurant in Ferndale: The Fly Trap.

the fly trap resetaurant ferndale michigan

It’s a tiny space, but a very popular breakfast spot in the greater Detroit area. Their waiting area is actually out the door to the outside, so we figured it has to be good for people to brave the cold to keep it in business after the last winter we had!

The Fly Trap inside

I was happy to get inside to see what was on their “blunch” menu, as they like to call it.

I ordred the B.L.A.T. + C. omelet that came with a side of breakfast potatoes and wheat toast with the jam of the day.

The Fly Trap omelet breakfast

You can’t see what was inside of it (pepper bacon, spinach, avocado, tomato and cheddar), but the omelet was so good!

Scott ordered the gingerbread waffle and I gladly helped myself to a few bites of that as well. We will definitely return!

Week 6 Thoughts

As I mentioned above, I created the training plan you see at the top of this post for my second half marathon based on what I thought I could do and what I thought my body could handle in a short amount of time. I only trained for six weeks for this race, but I felt one hundred percent ready for it when I finished my training.

It is important to remember, however, that I formed this plan knowing I could complete six consecutive miles (or roughly a 10K) prior to training.

Now that I have run two half marathons, I have the desire to run more!

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on any future races I sign up for.

Thank you for following my training journey!


Question of the Afternoon

• What is your favorite race distance to run?

I used to say 5Ks. They’re short and sweet and I can really push myself to run for time. I am planning to run an upcoming 10K, but I have only run one prior to that. I remember liking that distance as well. After this weekend, I might have a new found love for halfs… if I’m trained, however. 

Coming off of the race, I hope to keep up my mileage better than I did after my first half. My goal is to at least run 8 or 10 miles every couple of weeks so I don’t have to start my training from the beginning again!

October 20, 2014

Henry Ford Museum

Hello, hello! I hope your Monday and week is off to a great start.

Did anyone else’s weekend fly by?

Ours was jam-packed with activities, so in an effort to avoid overwhelming you with pictures and stories, I am going to keep this post dedicated to the highlights of Saturday’s whereabouts.

Along with our friends Alex and Alex, Scott and I finally made it out to explore the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Henry Ford Museum entrance

We arrived right before lunch time and made our way through all of the exhibits until closing time. I had no idea how much there was to cover!

Scott and I both went in expecting to see automobiles, and what we found first dated all the way back before automobiles were even a thought.

We started at the furniture exhibit. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

Henry Ford Museum furniture

Martha Washington’s arm chair from the 1860s (left)

Henry Ford Museum Edgar Alan Poe writing desk

Edgar Allan Poe’s writing desk from the 1830s

Henry Ford Museum vintage carnival

Vintage carnival pieces

old century ovens at Henry Ford Museum

Heating stoves and lanterns from the 1800s

Henry Ford Museum in a ford

All of the automobiles you can imagine (more on that later)

Both Scott and (boy) Alex are huge history buffs. They could spend hours and hours in one exhibit of a museum, and while I appreciate looking at everything, (girl) Alex and I tend to move at a faster pace than the boys.

We had fun exploring the decades of living room decorations, appliances, and class rooms. It was cool to feel like I was walking into actual houses.

I loved seeing the one and only fully built, lived-in Dymaxion House!

Dymaxion House Henry Ford Museum

The Dymaxion was completed in 1930 after two years of development, then redesigned in 1945. The creator, Bunkmister Fuller, lived in it with his family for over twenty years!

Dymaxion House inside Henry Ford Museum

“The Dymaxion house represented the first conscious effort to build an autonomous building in the 20th century,” according to Wikipedia.

Today it resides at the Henry Ford Museum and was restored for people to be able to come see what it was all about.

Dymaxoion House Living Room Henry Ford Museum

I thought it was a neat concept!

We met back up with the boys right outside the Gridiron Glory exhibit, which featured the best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Gridiron Glory Detroit Lions exhibit at Henry Ford Museum

There was plenty of hometown representation of the Detroit Lions, and an assortment of artifacts and displays showing off the best of the best.

I enjoyed learning more about the sport and seeing life size molds of the incredible size and strength of some of the most impressive NFL players.

Gridiron Glory Detroit Lions exhibit at Henry Ford Museum Football Grip

Gridiron Glory Detroit Lions exhibit at Henry Ford Museum biceps display

(Straight up flexin’…)

Gridiron Glory Detroit Lions exhibit at Henry Ford Museum lower strength display

(Those leg sizes are crazy!!)

Scott convinced me to try the interactive football helmet on, even though all I could think about was how many other peoples’ heads have been inside of it prior to mine. I’m kind of a gerbaphobe, so I gave myself a pat on the back for this one.

football helmets Gridiron Glory Detroit Lions exhibit at Henry Ford Museum

The helmets have speaker systems installed in order for the player to hear plays from the coach!

Typically, the Quarterback and one Defensive Lineman wear these types of helmets. Props to them… those things were heavy!

We took a quick break from the museum to watch a movie at the attached IMAX Theatre. We watched D-Day in 3D and brushed up on our knowledge of what led up to the historical events that took place in Normandy in 1944.

It was a cool experience! I love IMAX theaters.

imax movie at henry ford museum

With a little over two hours left to explore the rest of the museum, we walked over to the middle lobby unsure of what to tackle next.

Once again, this place is huge!

Lucky for us, a tour guide saw us and offered us a complimentary tour of the highlights. She did a wonderful job hitting all of the must-see pieces and I was very thankful to have her narrations and stories throughout the remainder of the exhibits.

We started in the Liberty and Justice wing and saw some amazing artifacts.

Declaration of Independence copy Henry Ford Museum

One of thirty copies of the Declaration of Independence

Abraham Lincoln death in the pursuit of liberty chair Henry Ford Museum

The chair President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in at the time of his assassination

(A lot of the discoloration isn’t necessarily blood. The chair came from the Smithsonian and has water damage from it’s time there. Today it is protected from lights and humidity at the Henry Ford Museum.)

Rose Parks Bus Henry Ford Museum

The exact bus Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat after orders

There were so many things to see! At this point, I was very grateful we found a tour guide to get us through everything we needed to hit.

Next up were the airplanes and automobiles.

henry ford museum exhibits

While I could literally upload at least thirty more photos, I am going to refrain and leave you with my favorite parts.

weddings at henry ford museum

A wedding party taking photos under the planes!

first flight henry ford museum

The 1903 Wright Flyer

1923 exploded model t henry ford museum

1923 “Exploded” Model T 

1903 Ford Model A

1903 Ford Model A – the first one!

1931 bugatti type 41 royale Henry Ford Museum

1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale… holy cow this car is expensive!

1962 Ford Mustang Original Henry Ford Museum

1962 Ford Mustang I – the original Mustang design

and a whole line of Presidential vehicles:

Eisenhower's Bubbletop 1950 lincoln

Eisenhower’s 1950 Bubbletop Lincoln

1961 Lincoln Kennedy Car

THE 1961 Lincoln Kennedy Car

Our last stop took us to the 1941 Allegheny Locomotive and an impressive collection of trains.

Allegheny Locomotive 1941 Henry Ford Museum

I was so in awe! How did they even get them here?

Allegheny Locomotive 1941 Henry Ford Museum information

While we made it through the highlights of the museum, we could have easily spent more than our allotted five hours there. I’m sure we will make another trip down the road.

On our way out, we stopped into the museum cafe that only featured local Michigan products.

Michigan Cafe Henry Ford Museum

I don’t know why, but places like these always intrigue me. Scott and I both love finding and trying the products Michigan is known for, and since we made it to the cafe right before closing time our selection was limited.

Even so, I enjoyed my Michigan Cherry Salad with a specialty local known dessert bread.

michigan cherry and walnut salad henry ford museum

It was a great little Saturday, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about history behind the city we now call home.

After the museum, the four of us headed towards Downtown Detroit to pick up our race packets for the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon the next day. I’ll be sure to post a recap as soon as I get some pictures together.

Stay tuned!

Questions of the Day

• Do you like visiting museums?

• What is the coolest thing you recently discovered about your city?

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