Day 2 – cross training

Last night I saw Case Against 8 as part of the Sundance film festival Best of Fest. It’s a HBO documentary following the team of lawyers and two couples who appeal against the Prop 8 amendment in California. It was great – moving, really humanizing the couples fighting for the right to marry and (SPOILER ALERT) has a happy ending. If you get the chance you should check it out. Fun law fact: the two head (?) lawyers arguing against the constitutionality of Prop 8 were on opposite sides in the Bush v Gore case, which gave George Bush his first term. Rest assured fun law facts will not be a regular occurrence on this blog.

We met some friends at the screening. It turns out that grad students like free stuff. Who knew? We had some time to kill before our bus came (still clearing the air) so we checked out Whiskey Street, a new bar in downtown SLC.


The bar scene is getting a little better in SLC. There are still weird alcohol laws and you can’t get anything stronger than 3.2% beer on draft :(. Lucky for me my boyfriend is a dedicated home-brewer. But if you’re ever in SLC, I’d recommend the Beer Hive, which has a crazy selection of beer and a cool ice bar. Then there’s Bar X, which is co-owned by Ty Burrell from Modern Family and has some cocktails and aged-decadence feel. Whiskey Street is pretty hip too – not common in Utah we are decidedly uncool – long beer and whiskey lists. They just need to work out the kinks for their service.

All this preamble is to say that I didn’t get up for my scheduled cross-training session. Two beers on a weeknight knocked me out. Maybe I’ve been out of Ireland too long………….Day 2 of half marathon training is a cross-training day. So I switched up my day and headed out to the gym after work. It was like stepping back in time – to Jan 1st. Crazy busy. I did my regular strength workout – focusing on core and legs. My workout is basically:

Leg press – 3 x 10 reps

Calf raises – 3 x 10 reps (slower than normal)

Bicep curl/Overhead press – 3 x 10 reps

Lunges – 3 x 10 reps

Goblet squats – 3 x 10 reps

Then hitting the floor for leg raises, bridge, planks, side planks, pushups and reverse crunches. My plan is to do one strength workout per week and a power yoga class on top of that.

Got home to make something I’ve been craving all week – thai veggie broth. Yum.



Ready to relax for the evening. Was thinking about my hip pain and I’m pretty sure that it’s all related to my IT band. I’ve made an appointment to see a PT who specializes in running and luckily she had an open slot for tomorrow. Hopefully, she’ll give me something to work with and find out what is going on with my left side. Wish me luck!

Half marathon training begins

I registered for the Salt Lake City half marathon sometime last year. It was a steal at $45. Plus everyone I know has run it and I want to be part of the club. The race is on April 19th – starting at the U and finishing……? Last year the race ended less than a mile from my house. I’m hoping it’ll be the same this year but I’m still waiting for them to put up the final course. Like most races in Utah it’s mostly downhill but not as steep as some of the other races you can find out there. My previous (and so far only) half marathon involved running down Ogden canyon and has a net elevation loss of about 700 ft.

So today began with Week One Day One of half marathon training. I am a list girl. I like to know exactly what runs I need to do for the next twelve weeks. I also get a weird sense of enjoyment crossing out my run on my training calendar. One down only 59ish runs to go! I think that writing about my training will also help with my motivation, which last time started dragging at about week 9 last time. I think both of these things helped me get out of bed at 5.45 and head to the gym. Today’s scheduled run was 30 mins at 8.34 min/mile pace. Back to the treadmill as our air quality has gone crappy yet again. Luckily, a couple of storms should be rolling through this week so we might be able to clear out the smog.


Still feeling a little tight in my hip so these guys are my new besties!


I think all runners must have a bit of masochistic side – and this definitely comes out with these torture devices.

I had originally hoped to go for a new PR at this race. But with my hip issues, I’m now thinking that getting to the start line in one piece might be my main goal. My other main goal for the year is to run 1000 miles (about 83ish miles each month). I got just a little over 700 last year and think I can do it but only if I can stay uninjured. It’s always a dilemma with me – take a break now and let it heal or see if PT, rolling and strengthening will make it manageable. This is when I wish I had a PT/sports med. doctor on call……

Tonight I’ll be making an effort to dig in to our mountain of leftover carnitas. A quick dinner at work and then heading to see the Sundance Best of Fest movie. Once the festival is over – and SLC/Park City gets back to normal the guys at Sundance put on free movies for locals. They are guaranteed to be one of the festival winners but you never know what you’re gonna get. Last year we saw Fruitvale, which was pretty awesome. Tonight we’ll see the Case against 8. It’s a documentary winner about Prop 8.


We’re travelling by bus to get there – clearing the air FTW – and the walk home takes us by the local gelato shop. I have to stop by, right?