Training For My First Half Marathon

Well, I officially have 20 weeks until the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

A bit of background, I started running in March 2013 with the Zombies, Run! 5k Training App. Over the past 4 years, I’ve stopped and started many times, but I always come back to it. When I consistently run 3-4 times a week, my mood is more managable, I manage my depression and anxiety easier, and my ADHD medication seems to work much better.

In 2017 so far, I’ve run these 5ks:
22nd Annual Run/Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s
Historic St. Mary’s Half Marathon and 5K Race
11th Annual Leatherneck 5k Run/Walk
Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad 5K

Now, onto the Half Marathon Training Details:
I purchased the Runner’s World beginner half-marathon training that is tailored for the half-marathon I’m running. It is 12 weeks long, so here is my plan:

  • Start Monday (5 June) with Week 1.
  • When I reach the end of the training in August, I’ll do a test run of the full 13.1 miles.
  • Then I’ll restart the training at Week 5, and the end of the training will fall perfectly on the race date it was designed for.

The weeks sort of look like this:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 2-3 mile easy run
  • Wednesday: Cross Train (Or Rest)
  • Thursday: a 3-7 mile easy, paced, or hill run on Thursday
  • Friday: Cross Train (Or Rest) and later in the schedule, some 2 mile easy runs
  • Weekends: Cross Training (or Rest) day and one a long run that is anywhere from 4 miles to 12 miles.

On the 3 Cross Training days, I plan to do a FitStar strength workout and stretch out with some yoga. I also have a “Yoga for Runners” DVD that I bought a while back. I really like the Active-Recovery workout and the post-run routines on it, and will most likely be using them as well.


My typical running “route” is running laps around my fenced in backyard, (about 0.2km). I started running laps around the yard because our dog, Andy, weighs about 110 pounds and is too strong for me to walk by myself, let alone run with. When we run in the backyard, he trots alongside me and when he sees a squirrel, or needs a drink, he can run off without ripping my arm off.

I can tolerate running around the backyard for about 5km, but anything longer than that, I have to take it onto the road.  I’m currently scoping out places for me to run to and back for each of the longer than 3 miles distances in the training.  Andy will have to stay home for those.


What is the longest distance you have ever run? Let me know in the comments! Currently, mine is 5-miles, but it is looking like that is about to change!

~Messie Tessie


Reading Recap | May 2017

May was the month of finishing series, and beginning of clearing off my To Be Read bookcase.

 Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
I listened to the Audible Audiobook, narrated by Jesse Bernstein. Overall, it was an entertaining listen while I did some mindless tasks at work. However, I don’t feel like it added too much to the world of Percy Jackson and his friends other than giving a little insight to the camp. I love everything Rick Riordan puts out…except these “guides.”  At first, they were really helpful, and I read them because I genuinely wanted to know more about the world he has created, and which versions of the myths he was using.  However, they are beginning to invoke a feeling of a money grab.

 Engaged at the Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne
This is one of those really short prequel novels (61 pages) that serves as an intro or a teaser to a Harlequin series. I have no idea where it came from, but it has been sitting on my shelf for years, so I figured I’d get it out of the way. The storyline isn’t a bad premise for a Harlequin novel, however because it is so short, in time and length, nothing is believable. *spoilers* Juliet is an emotionally fragile girl with manipulative friends. She doesn’t want to admit she is single, so she hints at a lover and then the “friend” jumps to the conclusions, Juliet doesn’t correct her, and then the fake fiancé shows up. They argue, he buys her a real ring for her to wear to keep up the lie until the weekend is over, she admits she likes him, they sleep together, he realizes he likes her, he skips an important business meeting to have dinner with her and her friends, and later proposes for real. Overall, I’m not sure I want to read the rest of the series.

Secret Weapon Spouse by B.J. Daniels
I grabbed this off the bookshelf to read while sitting next to the bonfire. The basic concept of the book is that Alex’s sister was hit by a car and he and his sister’s wedding planner/secret agent are trying to find out who did it and why, plus trying to locate the groom. It was entertaining. I wasn’t impressed by the wedding planner/secret agent’s “secret” nor the groom’s secret. Plus the ease of forgiveness and how happy everyone is at the end bothered me.

Matched to a Prince by Kat Cantrell
The king traps his son and his son’s ex girlfriend on an island together. He tells his son to get her to marry him and change her political stance because it is ruining the King’s reputation. It was a new and refreshing plot for a romance novel, but personally I just didn’t like the two main characters at all.


Island of Glass by Nora Roberts
Book 3 of 3 in The Guardian’s Trilogy
I actually really love Nora Robert’s trilogies. This was the conclusion to her latest series, and I loved it. The ending was easy to see coming, (in terms of the romance) but the conclusion of the main conflict was intense and really well executed.

Secret Star by Nora Roberts
Book 3 of 3 in the Stars of Mithra Trilogy
While I liked the first and second books in this trilogy, I wasn’t as thrilled with the third. I didn’t find either of the main character’s likeable, and their romance really confused me. The addition of the “past lives” thing felt forced into it. If that had been brought up in the first book and woven throughout, I think it would have made this book alot better. However, I was happy with the conclusion of the series and to finally find out who-dun-it.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I listened to the Audible audiobook that Scarlett Johansson read. She did an amazing job and I wish she would narrate more! I really can’t “review” a classic like this other than to say that it really isn’t my cup of tea. It is funny and entertaining, but just not something I want to reread over and over again.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
I listened to the Audible audiobook read by Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones). He did an amazing job. I highly suggest it to anyone who loves audiobooks.

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~Messie Tessie

Tales of the Finish Line #4 | Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad 5K

When I arrived at the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad 5K, I was like: “Finally! Nice weather!!!!” After the previous 3 having the extremes, I was ready for actual spring weather. It was so pretty, and Point Lookout State Park was empty, and quiet. I ran with my cousin, Katie. It was a run or walk, so people had their dogs and strollers. It was low-key, and just the way I like it.

Oh! And I came in first for my age group and got a special little medal!!



Tales of the Finish Line #3 | 11th Annual Leatherneck 5k Run

Race #1 : Cold.
Race #2 : Hot and Humid.
Race #3 : 11th Annual Leatherneck 5k Run/Walk … Cold, Wet, Windy.

I was worried they would cancel this race, but nope….hosted by US Marines. I arrived crazy early because I didn’t know if I needed to head to the place they held packet pick up the day before or if race-day packet pick up was at the course.  It was at the course, and I arrived before the people holding the event finished setting up.  It was raining, the wind was screaming, and it was so cold.

The local kid’s running club was attending, and they led some stretching before the run and it was adorable.  Running, was not as adorable.  My underwear decided it was going to be a thong, and was so uncomfortable.  There were some really young children running with or just ahead of their parents, and they would do things like randomly stop to tie their shoes.  It was actually sort of funny until one did stopped in front of me, and I learned that I can stop pretty quickly if I need to! On the first half of the course, the wind pushed you along.  On the second half, it made it feel like you were on a treadmill and made it so hard to breathe.  I’m 99% sure the only reason I ran the last 0.25km to the finish line was because I realized I had heated seats in my car.

Post race, I soaked in a hot bath and drank as much hot tea as I could convince my husband to bring me.




Tales of the Finish Line #2 | Historic St. Mary’s 5K

Race Number Two of 2017 was the Historic St. Mary’s Half Marathon and 5K Race.  The complete opposite of my first 5k of the year, this one was HOT. I got there early, picked up my bib and shirt, then retreated to my car for some quiet and oatmeal.  The Half-Marathon was much more popular than the 5k, so it wasn’t too crowded or noisy on our part of the course. It was humid and the wind was not blowing, so I was soaked with sweat pretty quickly and miserable.

We ran through the college campus and into Historic St. Mary’s City. I’ve spent alot of time walking, driving, and hanging out around this part of our county, but I had never really run it, by myself, on a quiet morning.  Despite being miserable, I was enjoying it, too.

Right before the finish line, the college’s cross country coach high fived me, and I nearly broke into tears of joy.  I was sooooo over this race about 3 strides into it and it was finally done. Thankfully, at the finish line they handed us water bottles wrapped in a wet, cold washcloth.

Post-Race, I went home, got a shower, and nursed my sunburn.



Tales of the Finish Line #1 | 22nd Annual Run/Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s

My first race of 2017 was on a weirdly cold April morning. (It was like 34°F.) My cousin, Katie, and I were running the 22nd Annual Run/Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s. Over 300 people came out to run or walk to the 5k, and over 100 people there for the 10k.

I was trotting along, my fave running jam came on, and I was doing great!
Then…a wild hill appeared.


Uphill winded me. When it comes to running, once I lose control of my breathing, I really struggle to get it back. I’m actually quite proud of the fact that while the hill winded me, a quick walk and repeating my fave running jam, and I was back in the game!

The post-race Starbucks Grande Soy Vanilla Latte and a cup of my favorite siggi’s yogurt was amazing.



Blog 2.0

Yesterday, I made a really big decision about where my life is going, so I decided it was time to revamp my blog to be more of journal.

I decided to put off starting work on my graduate degree until my husband was done with his bachelors. Having two of us in school and working full time wouldn’t be ideal. Because I need a goal outside of work to strive for, I’m official starting my training for my very first half-marathon….on Monday. So expect to see alot about that!


See you soon with a post about my training program!

Messie Tessie


About Me

Hi World!
My name is Tessie T. I am a twenty-something bookworm who loves hot-tea, shoes, makeup, and my husband. I have always loved playing with and learning about makeup (I even sell it!), and I have always loved journaling. On the recommendation of my husband, I decided to start a blog.


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Awkward, klutzy, and disorganized by nature, the word messie doesn’t just rhyme with my name, it describes me to a T. I was born and raised on my family’s farm in Southern Maryland. My husband and I have a golden retriever named Andy, and two cats, Artemis and Archie. Our life is hectic at best. We both work full time and on top of that my husband is a full time student and I am a part time student. I love trying new things, especially if those things are new-to-me hot teas, beauty products, shoes, or makeup.


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