Honestly (A Half Marathon recap)

It’s been a while since my last post, and honestly sometimes you just need to take a break because life gets a bit overwhelming. Whether your work or kids swamp your life, sometimes you just need to put up that little white flag and call truce. But i’m glad to be back to posting.

As I had hoped I finished my first half marathon on November 13th in Madison, Wisconsin. Even though I had given myself 16 weeks to train life kept throwing me curve balls! I mentioned before getting a sinus infection, injuring my knee, and getting a nasty cold, but as of a couple weeks ago I also came down with another bad cold/sore throat. In fact we all got sick. My husband got a 102 degree fever, my daughter got croup and strep throat, and my son got an ear infection, 101 degree fever, strep throat and an ear infection. As you can imagine there were about 3 weeks that our how was an infectious mess.

The first to get sick was actually my daughter, and when we found out that she had strep I decided to run my 13.1 miles the next day. That particular day was supposed to be my long run of 12 miles, and I thought at the time, “what’s another 1.1 miles?” So off I went! I thought well it’s either good practice, or if I get sick and unable to do my registered race then at least I can say I did it. And guess what, I did get sick, but I got over most of it just a couple days before my run. Honestly I did the run with a runny nose, but at least it wasn’t a full blown cold! (Truth: I had Kleenex with me just in case there was a sneeze emergency that my sleeve couldn’t handle)


Practice Half

My “practice” half was easy yet hard. By mile 8 I was thinking, “wow, this is amazing, I feel great and I’m almost finished!” But then I did the quick math in my head and thought, “5 more miles?! That’s not close to finishing! That’s 5 more miles!!” Then at mile 11 I had to give a pep talk to myself. I literally had to tell myself, “It’s just 2 more miles. You can do this!” And guess what? I did! It was awesome, although I needed a nap after! The next day or so I got sick, and was glad that I did my run just in case.

As I said earlier just a couple days before my official half marathon I got well enough to run it, and as of November 13th I ran my official first half marathon! More details to come!

XO, Katie



My First Half Marathon-What I Learned


Me, Post-Hill

When I finally I “cleared up” enough from my cold I decided that I was actually going to be able to run my first official half marathon in Madison! I was surprised at how many hills there were and how that really tried my stamina, but I ended up finishing at 2:28:05!

A few things I learned:

  • I recommend having a few different outfits planned and with you for your race. It may seem silly but the  weather may change unexpectedly the day before. For me, I had been keeping eye on the weather all week long. Two days prior I decided that was close enough so I packed what I would need, and we headed to Madison. However, when I checked the weather the night before it changed to be about 15 degrees colder than I expected! So instead of running in the 40s I would be running in the 20s. Typically you plan to dress as if it was 10 degrees warmer since your body warms up from running so that’s a difference of the 50s versus the 30s! I had brought clothes for the 50s! SO as you can imagine I ended up getting a jacket, and lucky for me there was a perfect one at the runners expo that I could use!
  • Another big thing I learned, even if you think you’ll get a good night sleep as in you ate early enough, you prepped everything, you take melatonin (a doctor has recommended this to me for sleep), but then you just lie in bed. I seriously just tossed and turned all night. I probably lightly fell asleep around 2 or 3 AM with a 5AM wake up! Since the race started at 7:10 for me, and I wanted to be there 30 minutes early, and I had to walk there from the hotel (about a 15 min walk), eat a light breakfast with coffee and water, change, stretch, warm up, etc . You can imagine 5AM wasn’t early enough! Ha! But hey it worked for me! So make sure you get enough rest a few days prior just in case pre-race jitters sink in!
  • Something else I learned that it’s important to pay attention to the elevation guide. I had taken a quick peak at it before, but obvious not close enough. Sure I noticed there was a big hill or two, but Madison’s half marathon had a lot of hills one in particular being a whopper! If you happened to run Madison’s Half Marathon in November you can probably easily guess which one it was! At leastSAMSUNG CSC when you got to the top you had a spectacular view of the lake and capital building!
  • If you can, have someone meet you at a certain mile. It will help you run to that point and also you can do a drop off or pick up if need be. David did this for me at mile 6 and that was a lifesaver! It did cut a minute or so off my time, but it was necessary at the time. 🙂
  • Pay attention to spectator signs. They are hilarious!
  • Don’t walk too far from the porta-potties after the race if this is your first half! 😉
  • Last but not least, enjoy it! Half marathons despite the distance flies by and the memory because one of enjoyment and strength!

Happy Running! XO




2 Months to Half Marathon

Yowza! I have 2 months until my first half marathon!! With that in mind I decided to try out themadison-fall-marathon “compound effect” when it comes to my training. So with each week I will add something new that will help me grow stronger and healthier for my final days of training! The idea of the compound effect is that if you do small things daily it will grow big, and if you add small things on top of small things think of all that you can accomplish!

I have 8 weeks to go and this is how I’m going to rock it!

  1. Minimum of 8 cups of H20 daily! (I admit, I’m not consistent with this at all)
  2. Daily leg stretches and strengthening
  3. Daily torso stretches and strengthening
  4. Daily arm stretches and strengthening
  5. No alcohol
  6. Daily walk or run (point is to move every day even if it’s an easy walk)
  7. No sugar (Just in time to avoid eating all that leftover Halloween candy!)
  8. Bed by 10 PM each night

I’ll make sure to share with you how it goes, and this might all blow up in my face, but hey it’s worth the optimism and the try!


Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Book

cover-half-marathon-trainingDepending on how closely you follow me (on Instagram for example) you may or may not know that I started training for my very first half marathon. One name that I have heard over and over when it comes to running guru’s is Hal Higdon. I’ve specifically heard that his training plans and tips are the way to go. So when I saw that he recently published a book in April 2016 focusing on half marathons, I immediately got it from my local library!

“Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training” book can be as detailed or basic as you need it to be, meaning you can skim to exactly what you need to know or you can read the entire book and learn the history of half marathons, other runner experiences, training program examples, running tips, etc.

It assured me that the plan I had come up for myself was a good one to work with, and even better I was able to improve it based on some of his suggestions (which are beneficial for both beginner and novice runners).

As for running books I think it was a great one to start with and highly recommend it when you’re beginning to plan for your first or looking to improve your second, third, or even twentieth!

Happy reading and good luck!

A Whole New 30

Hello! And welcome to my first post! In case you haven’t read my about page yet, in a nut shell I am Kate, a wife, a mom of two (a 2 1/2 year old girl and 5 month old boy), a runner, a yogi, I love healthy food and fitness, and DIY/Crafting. I previously had a blog MiddleCoastMommy and an Etsy shop MiddleCoast, and I decided to fuse the two (in a way) by creating a website. On my website you’ll find great information for exercise, healthy eating, home life, and crafting. And no, I’m not one of those “look at my perfect life” people. I’ll even share with you that this morning I accidentally “poured” crushed red pepper all over my eggs instead of “sprinkled!” Eating eggs and sweating seeking relief from hot black coffee is not a good time. I’m the kind of person who laughs at my accidents and isn’t afraid to share it! Ha!

You might be wondering what I mean by “A Whole New 30.” Well, on September 9th I turned 30 years old, and have lots of plans for my year. My plans are almost like New Years resolutions only it was for my 30th, new plans, new outlook, new goals, and hopefully positive adventures ahead this year!

So what are my 30th year goals? (yes some are very silly)

  • Start a website
  • Complete Whole30 (at least once. Started my first 9/14/15)
  • Do a headstand (a yoga inversion)
  • Jump off of a dock into a lake
  • 10K run
  • (my first) half marathon
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga
  • Visit my sister in New York
  • Participate in an art fair/mart
  • Become a certified personal trainer/health coach
  • Start a vegetable garden

I’m excited to “check off” one of my 30 year goals and say “I started a website!” Woohoo!

XOXO, Kate