What’s Next?


Now that the Long Island half marathon has come and gone, my training with Laura as my running coach is completed.

You may be wondering — Well, what’s next?

what's next? running and workouts after training for a half marathon

1. Getting Back To My Usual Workout Routine.

I am really okay with jumping back into my usual workout routine even though I LOVED training with Laura. I am still so happy that I won the free coaching from her blog giveaway. I learned so much from her and got myself a new PR in the half marathon too.

I think getting back to my usual “training” is a little easier to do because the basic structure of my workout routine is fairly similar to the training schedule Laura had put together for me.

She kept my Pure Barre days in tact and followed the way I schedule my easy runs and harder/longer runs, just making adjustments to the types of running workouts I did on specific days. The fine tuning she did to my workouts made a huge difference in my speed and ability!

My plan right now is the take the workouts Laura gave me and work them into the Tuesday and Thursday runs while incorporating some of the fun workouts I like to run as well.

I shared the structure of the workout routine I follow in a post last year but since I still follow it, here it is again!

workout routine

Click here to read the full post from last year.

2. Races On My Radar

I am planning to run a 10 mile race in Long Beach the Sunday of Labor Day weekend which is in just a few weeks! I ran this race in 2014 (recap here) and look forward to running it again.

It can be a bit warm for this race (no shade) but I want to give it another try to see how I can improve my time.

Besides, I do enjoy running down by the beach, especially at the start of the summer season.

long beach boardwalk

This race runs a portion of the boardwalk so the views are really nice.

Other than maybe a 4 mile race on July 4th, I have nothing else coming up for a few months.

Fall is really the best time of year for racing for me. I am currently eyeing a few half marathons but won’t be able to make a decision until mid-summer as to which I will run.

On my list:

Great South Bay Half Marathon < – ran this half last fall and really liked it! Recap here.

Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon < – probably not but maybe!

Suffolk County Half Marathon < – They changed the date of this race to October 30th rather than at the beginning of September. I am definitely interested because it will be much cooler weather which is what I like!

3. Pure Barre

While Laura worked Pure Barre into my training plan, I don’t feel like I really focused on my Pure Barre workouts as I got more into the training.

I still completed at least three Pure Barre workouts a week but I feel as though I rushed through them, didn’t pay attention to enjoying them and I often opted for the Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts to keep things short to save me time.

It’s not easy to balance lots of running with other forms of exercise. We need to strength train for sure and I did a good job of getting it all in but I still feel as though the extras (Pure Barre and Yoga) took a back seat.

Now that training is done, I am definitely making more time for Pure Barre and I want to finally try the new Pure Barre Platform class at the Pure Barre Studio!

Although I do most of the Pure Barre workouts from home, once a while I do like to take a studio class. I have been waiting for half marathon training to end so that I could give this new Pure Barre Platform class a try. From what I understand, the use of the platform kicks the class up a notch by incorporating much more cardio to the barre routine.

pure barre platform

I also want to order a new at-home Pure Barre workout to use in my rotation. The Pure Barre Pure Results online workout (review here) expires at the beginning of July. It was a one year subscription so I am thinking that I should pick a new one to do something a little different.

If I don’t select a different online workout, I may order a new Pure Barre DVD workout. I am looking at the resistance series but haven’t decided just yet.

Pure Barre resistance

I should add in here that I do want to take a spin class but the truth is, I don’t see it happening before the summer. My schedule isn’t always so flexible for fitting in the studio class times but I think over the summer, I will be able to figure it out. With my son away at camp for a few weeks, I will have a bit more time and flexibility to make those class schedules work!

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What’s next on your race calendar?

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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe May 10, 2016, 6:37 am

    A Pure Barre opened in the first floor of my old building today (I think, might have been last week). Talk about bad timing! And they had a great opening special, not that I would have been able to go with my own schedule. But it made me think of you and Beth!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 10, 2016, 8:45 am

      omg if they opened in my building I would be there every day which would be crazy expensive.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine May 10, 2016, 6:51 am

    Its definitely tough to focus on both running and strength training at the same time, but you did a good job of getting it in even though it wasn’t as much as usual. I like doing shorter races in the summer and then I’ll hopefully look at longer races for the fall!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 10, 2016, 8:44 am

      yeah, it’s way too hot to run long races here! must be why they don’t really offer the longer distances here in the summer. it’s mostly 5k’s

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma May 10, 2016, 6:52 am

    Maybe we can run a half together in the fall! I agree summer is just not the time to race, although I did a trail run one year that was fun and kicked my butt. For me, any races will probably be with Emily for now 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 10, 2016, 8:43 am

      yes!!! I know we talked about great south bay, it’s the first weekend of October. if I can run it (you know me, according to my cycle) I definitely want to. If it works out, I would like to run that one and the Suffolk county half at the end of the month. we need to discuss!

  • Liz @ I heart vegetables May 10, 2016, 7:36 am

    I’ve been thinking about those Pure Barre online workouts. There isn’t a studio super close to me so it ends up taking too long for me to actually go to a class.

    Lately I’ve been loving the Tone It Up workouts. They switch it up a lot so I’m never bored!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 10, 2016, 8:43 am

      I definitely recommend the pure barre online workouts or the DVD’s! I have been doing them for a few years now.

  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com May 10, 2016, 9:06 am

    I still need to get on the Pure Barre train! There’s a studio 4 blocks from my house, and I think once my race is over I’ll try a class. I’ve heard great things about the Rock n Roll Brooklyn race!
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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 10, 2016, 9:24 am

    So I’m ready for you to run a full marathon next. Easy for me to say right? I totally know you can do it.
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  • Caroline M May 10, 2016, 9:59 am

    Oof that Pure Barre Platform looks legit! Barre is hard enough as is for me, I always end up leaving a class as a quivering mess! I’m a big fan of spin; probably my favorite type of cross-training since it doesn’t leave me horribly sore and I think it really helps my running. I’m hoping to run my first marathon in the fall so right now I’m focusing on building my base. I might do some local 5/10ks but nothing too crazy!
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  • Suzy May 10, 2016, 10:03 am

    The first thing I do once I finish a race is plan for my next one. It’s all part of the fun! I crunch the numbers, analyze my fitness, make lists and plan plan plan. I nerd out to the fullest.
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes May 10, 2016, 10:07 am

    I loved training you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the workouts and will continue to use them. It is tricky to balance running and strength training, especially in the later weeks of race training. I really want to get into Pilates even more after marathon training and plan on asking for a year of Pilatesology or some classes for my birthday gift. Can’t take much advantage of those though while training for a marathon!
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  • Sarah @pickyrunner May 10, 2016, 11:11 am

    I still don’t know how you find the motivation to do the pure barre workouts at home, so I give you major props. I need to be in a class setting for that type of thing. I’m not big on planning out workouts/races anymore because I get too stressed, but I have started looking for some later in the summer or fall that I’d be interested in doing!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles May 10, 2016, 12:43 pm

      Try doing it from home, you may like it! I never thought I would but it totally works for me.

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. May 10, 2016, 1:16 pm

    It’s definitely tough to keep up more than one form of training. I struggled bus’d it with running in the winter when I was snowboarding, and it’s kind of taken a backseat now too since I’ve been biking so much. I dunno. I guess it’s just all about finding a way that you like to move your body.
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  • Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday May 10, 2016, 3:42 pm

    Assuming I get a doctor’s clearance, I really want to work to train for my first half this summer. If not, I’ll stick to shorter distances, but then I really need to come up with a good schedule like you have to prevent me from doing the same thing all the time!
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  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl May 10, 2016, 8:14 pm

    Next on my race calendar is the NYC Marathon but I’m planning a late summer tune up half somewhere in the tristate so we’ll have to see what works best!
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