Perfecting a 30 Minute Run aka Lunchtime Fun

Not So Perfect Life

While my blog is for the not so perfect things in life, this workout has been perfected (through lots of trials). I use it at lunchtime when I have an hour, exactly an hour, to get my workout and shower done. I hate hearing co-workers gripe about not having enough time to workout during lunch break, come on people we have a gym in the building!!!

I digress!

Even thirty minutes will boost your endorphins and can keep you in shape if you focus. You can even increase your race pace with great short and fast runs. So what makes this run perfect? Short repeats that help you focus on time not pain. If its only one or two minutes I can keep up the pace and so can you! Before you know it the 30 minutes is up and your ready to sprint to the shower and back to your desk for lunch.

Here is how I break it down. Two 15 minutes goals.

1st 15 minutes:
2 minutes easy pace, 3 minutes 30-45 seconds per mile faster (probably your half marathon pace) REPEAT 3 TIMES
2nd 15 minutes:
2 minute at your 10K pace, 1 minute at your 5K pace REPEAT 5 TIMES

Seems easy right? Well it’s not easy but the time flies and you get a focused 30 minute run that will burn calories and get you back to work in no time.

What is your go to lunchtime burn?

Thanks so much to everyone for the support from my last post. It seems like lots of yoga was the answer. I wish I could take yoga twice a week but I’m never in town enough to do that! Also, some good quality BFF time has helped me out of my funk.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BESTIE!! #fabulousfriends

Today I’m in the great little town of Salina, Kansas. I did an awesome 4 mile run with half mile sprints and lots of laps in the Walmart parking lot… Sometimes you’ve got to be creative to get miles in, especially when there are no sidewalks, anywhere!

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Training Trouble

How excited are you when you put together 10 months worth of training for your upcoming triathlons, marathons and half marathons? I can’t be the only one who loves putting a schedule together. In the past I have gone years… yes, years sticking to a schedule for races. I was able to do it quite well. I liked not having to think about what workout I was going to do that day.

After taking last year off from scheduling I am having an extremely hard time getting back on track. I’m going to blame 30% on the new job (tons of travel), 50% on bad weather and 20% on my lack of motivation. I can not even tell you how bummed that I am for feeling so far behind! My next half marathon is in three weeks and I’m not on track to set a PR. I’m doing great with my runs but I just don’t think I can break 1:50 in three weeks.

My whole body hurts. From what I have no idea.

I think this move is really throwing me off. I’m happy, I’m sad and I’m spending a lot of time on Pinterest redecorating.  Basically I feel like a mess :(

Here is what the next few weeks are supposed to look like, Monday- Sunday. ST= Strength Train.

Apr 7- 13 Cross/ST 5 m run 6 m run ST Rest 6 m pace 12
Apr 14- 20 Cross/ST 5 m run 8 m run ST Rest 8 Cross
Apr 21- 27 Cross/ST 5 m run 6 m run ST Rest 6 m run Half Marathon

I’m in Mexico this week so at least the weather is nice and warm. Does any body remember my post on situational awareness? Yes, I’ll be practicing that tomorrow!

Ok, I just needed to vent. Fingers crossed I feel back on track tomorrow.

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Crash Course in Chicago Life

While I may not be fully moving to Chicago until the end of May P. starts work today so that meant we had a busy weekend. First, there was the road trip to get our car and move some supplies for P., then there was the apartment hunting, and lastly getting acquainted with the Chicago running scene. Needless to say it was a busy busy weekend!

Chicago Our road trip was fun and thankfully uneventful. Road trips are full of snacking so you know that my diet suffered. As my mom says road trips are the time to eat all of the junk that you never eat any other time (Hello Hot Tamales, what is your road trip snack?)

Saturday morning we got up early for a full day of apartment hunting. The team at Luxury Chicago Apartments were great at planning out the whole day for us. We wanted a two bedroom place in a walkable neighborhood. By the end of the day apartments were mixing together but we found our new home! Flair Towers in River North. I am beyond happy for the layout of the place and the floor to ceiling windows. My pinterest page is going to come to life! I can’t wait to share with you all once its fully decorated. The picture below is our place with the current tenants furniture.


We were so exhausted at the end of the day. Comfy new yoga pants and red wine was a must that evening…


What is the most romantic thing P. could have done for me this weekend? He found a local race to help me get involved with the Chicago running scene! He is so sweet to have encouraged that we do the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. We were still pretty exhausted but had a solid 8K run. I think it was my fastest 8K actually, at an 8:23 min/mile pace. Forty five thousand people ran the race with us. It was well organized and flat… maybe I will enjoy running here after all! We also got to spend some time with P.’s brother and soon to be sister-in-law.


The rest of the day was filled with brunch with friends, furniture shopping and checking out our new neighborhood.

I’ll be hanging out here in Chicago until Friday then I wont be back until we are 100% moved. After work I’ll be checking out workout classes around the city. I need a good barre and yoga studio. Any recommendations?

Also just for fun here is my future dog… #LOVE


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