Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 1 + My Thanksgiving Weekend

Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and good food. Mine, although spent away from my family due to living that military life, was great! Our morning began running the Turkey Trot 5-Miler in Del Ray before diving right into cooking up a delicious spread of vegetarian fare while sipping on cocktails and watching the Macy’s Day Parade and a movie with one of our friends. It was low-key, but with a busy December on the books, it was exactly what we needed.

Quick question: do you all ever struggle to get back into the usual routine after an extended weekend? I do! It’s rough knowing I have a full work week ahead of me. I just had a great weekend of relaxing, holiday shopping and decorating and friends and quality time with my dude. 

Old Town Alexandria

Okay, onto today’s post!


My first ever half-marathon training kicked off this week! Here’s a recap of how week 1 went down.

Half-Marathon Training: Week 1

I’m following a 16-week training plan, which has me running 4 days a week with 2 days of cross-training and 1 day of rest. Of course, I’m planning to listen to my body and will tweak my workouts when necessary, like swapping days or taking an added rest day if necessary.

Monday – 3 miles

Monday started bright and early with my first run in my half-marathon training plan! I’m following a plan by Kelly Roberts of She Can & She Did (formerly known as Run, Selfie, Repeat). I woke up excited and ready to tackle the prescribed three miles, but I was also tired and lacked a bit of energy.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that my run was just so-so. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. It just was.

Tuesday – 3 miles

On Tuesday morning, I woke up and traded in my morning workout for some writing by candlelight instead. Sometimes you just need a bit of self-care.

When I got home from work, I immediately headed to the gym to get my workout in. I wasn’t feeling terribly inspired and have also been feeling sluggish lately, but I knew getting in a sweat sesh would make me feel better.

On the books: three miles. Here’s how it went down:

.5 miles – warmup jog
1.5 miles – steady running @ 9:15 pace
.25 miles – sprints at 8mph pace
.25 miles – sprints at 8.5 mph pace
.25 miles – sprints at 9mph pace
.25 miles – sprints at 9.5mph pace

I was a sweaty mess by the end, but I felt SO strong.

Wednesday – cross-train

Cross-train day! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical before tackling a super-short, but effective, chest/tris/bis workout.

upper body workout

Thursday – 5.75 miles

On Thanksgiving morning, we ran the Turkey Trot 5-miler! We jogged to the start of the race, hence the .75 miles.

This race is one of my favorites because the route is full of life and energy. Everyone who’s racing, and even spectators, are always SO excited to be there! Del Ray is such an incredible neighborhood.

Alexandria Turkey Trot

We finished the 5 miles in about 46 minutes and 18 seconds, which was a victory considering the route was pretty congested for the majority of the race.

Friday – rest

Friday was a rest day since we were up and at ’em running errands around the city and prepping our apartment for Christmas!

door wreath holiday decor

We picked up a few Black Friday deals (I got a new MacBook!) and spent the evening watching Friends and drinking eggnog daiquiris made with my fav eggnog, Pennsylvania Dutch. We also added a bit more rum. 😉

Saturday – cross-train

Before heading out to shop local for Small Business Saturday, we hit up the gym for a sweaty 60-minute cross-train day. It started with a 15 minute cardio workout for me before an upper body circuit.

upper body workout

Spell check says “burpees” isn’t a word, but it is. I was also too lazy to fix it. #beingreal

The remainder of the day was spent with Felix’s sister and her boyfriend, and we all enjoyed shopping on King St. and popping into a few bars for some drinks.

Our town is super festive right now, so we couldn’t pass up a picture in front of the Christmas tree at City Hall. This was where we were the other evening for the tree lighting, which you might have caught on my Instagram stories.

Old Town Alexandria

Sunday – rest

We opted for a rest day today, even though we had a 2-mile run on our training plan. We just had some business to handle, and by that I mean grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, holiday decor shopping (which resulted in a 2-hour trip to Target…) and swinging by to check out a few cars since Felix is in the market.

We’re also in the process of redecorating our bedroom, so we worked on that when we got home, as well as setting up some care packages for a few of our friends who are deployed. Any military people have care package tips/tricks to send my way??

All in all, it was a pretty great week of workouts and holiday festivities! I miss it already, but I’m reminding myself to enjoy every single day during my most favorite time of the year.

Question of the Day! 

What’d you do over the Thanksgiving break?

Are you into shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?



  1. November 26, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Way to have a great first week of training! Target had awesome Christmas decorations this year. I did some online shopping on Friday for some gifts. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll find a few more gifts on sale for people on my list!

    • Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
      November 27, 2017 / 12:58 am

      Thanks, Maureen! I typically avoid the Black Friday and Cyber Monday situations, but going into it with items I am in the market for and gift ideas really makes a difference price-wise! I’m happy you checked some items off your list, and I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. November 27, 2017 / 3:57 am

    Wow, sounds like you had a great weekend and got a lot of training in! I was so lazy this weekend I can’t even really talk about it. My dog is happy though – she got a lot of snuggles! 🙂 I didn’t shop on Black Friday but I’m planning to search the online sales on Monday!

    • Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
      November 27, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Happy dog, happy life. 🙂 And I’m ALL about the lazy days too. We definitely had one on Friday with lots of Friends on Netflix + eggnog. 😉 Good luck with Cyber Monday shopping! I hope you knock some stuff off your Christmas list!

  3. November 27, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    It’s so hard to get back on routine after a long weekend! Great job with it first week of training. I am not really a Black Friday person, but I do take advantage of the online sales.

    • Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
      November 27, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      It definitely is hard to get back into a routine! And I hope you found some pretty good sales!

  4. November 29, 2017 / 8:55 am

    You dominated your 1st week of training! That looks like such a fun Thanksgiving race 🙂
    I am all about the online sales!

    • Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
      November 29, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you!! It was a nice way to kick off the new running schedule! Did you find anything good for Black Friday or Cyber Monday?!

  5. November 29, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Awesome! First half marathon?! You’re going to destroy it! I can’t wait to see how the rest of your training goes 🙂 And yes, I struggle SO hard after a long weekend. I thought all day yesterday was Monday. Ha!

    • Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
      November 29, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Yes, my first half! Thanks so much! I’m definitely looking forward to it. And right? We need buffer days to get back into the swing of things, for sure!

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