Half Marathon Training quick update

Hi everyone! I’m such a slacker updating my blog.  I really want to be more consistent and post weekly but I get discourage and I keep procrastinating.

I thought I’d update those interested in my half marathon training progress. I’m four weeks out and the nerves are starting to kick in.  My last half marathon was a year ago and I was really disappointed with my time, so this year I told myself that I would train harder and do my best to stay on track with my training.  Last year with minimal training I ran my last half marathon at 2:45.  I’m not the fastest runner, but I knew I could do better.  My goal for my upcoming race is to have a strong 2hr finish.  This may be considered “slow” to others but this will be a PR for me and will encourage me to keep getting faster.

I started my training in December but I had a few injuries down the road and had to take necessary breaks and make adjustments to my running and workout schedule.  I also got a personal trainer to help me with strength training once a week.  Sometimes having someone yell at you and make sure you’re on track can be really helpful and make a difference in your training.

For those who have races coming up what are your goals and how are you staying on top of your training to make sure you reach your goal?

 

 

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New year, new goals

It’s a new year and everyone makes them. New Years Resolutions! By now the gyms are flooded with eager “gym-goers” wanting to shed those holiday pounds. For the past 2 years I’ve been steadily working out and running miles after miles, but I really have not gotten the results I really wanted. I lost the weight, it’s the “eating healthy” part, I have yet to conquer. Along with training for my first half marathon my new years resolution is to EAT HEALTHY, incorporating more “green” into my diet and eliminate meat (slowly)and consume less sugar. Too much? I don’t think so, since I am not planning on going cold turkey. I know this will be hard, and I’ll probably eat an Oreo or two along the way, but I’m human. My ultimate goal is to live a Vegetarian lifestyle, and I know this will not happen overnight.

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On the road to recovery

After consistantly running for weight loss for over 2 years, I finally got my first “runner” injury. I’ve managed 2-5k’s, 3-10k’s and my 1-half marathon without serius injuries. After returning from a one month vacation, I went back to my “normal” routine of working out and pulled some “thing” in my knee while out on a run with a friend of mine. I thought I could run through it but two weeks later It still bothered me and it was getting worst.

Finally I went to my doctor and she refered me to a physical therapist. I saw him a week later and diagnosed me with ITBS (Illiotibial Band Syndrome) For all you runners you know how frustrating it can be to suffer from an injury. Before my injury I had plans on running my first marathon within a few weeks. I went home with some bad news that day. I was told there was no way I was gonna be able to run that marathon. I agreed. As dissapointed as I was, I knew I had to take some time to really recover. He sent me home with a list of stretching exercise to help me get my knee back in tip-top-shape. I skipped running for the next week and focused on the stretches, I did most of them in the sauna in the gym. He told me to stop running but didn’t stop me from biking, using the elliptical machine or taking my regular classes of spinning, total body, and my bootcamp. Just because I couldn’t run did not give me the reason to stop working out.

Exactly one week later after doing the stretches 3-times a day, I got on the treadmill and decided to run for 30 minutes. I didn’t want to over due it, so i started with a 12 mpm pace. After the 12 minutes the pain started creeping in, so I slowed to a snail pace of 14mpm for the remaining of the half-hour. The pain started to dissapate but I did not want to make it worst. I finished my 30 minutes and followed it with my stretches. I know that it will take weeks maybe even months to recover, but I will recover. I have seen many people recover and have ran marathon after marathon, you all are my inspiration.

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Back to fitness..

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. I took a vacation to visit my family in Charleston, South Carolina and I sort of neglected my fitness routine while I was there. I just got back a few weeks ago and jumped right back into it. I’ve returned to my usual Running, Spinning class and Total Body class and I receantly did a 10k local race with my running/workout friend and finished at a really sad 1:14 I was just happy I didn’t roll over during the hilly part of the race. Did I mention we got beer and pizza waiting for us at the finish line. Here’s our after picture enjoying our pizza and beer. Unfortunately I chose a really bitter beer and ended up not drinking it.

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Having some fun!

A friend and I thought it would be fun to try and do a hand stand after our workout. After about ten tries I manage to finally do it with a little assistance with the wall mirror. I’ve got to say I impressed myself. A year ago I could barely hold a 15 second plank. I hope within a few months from now I will be stronger to do a “walking” hand stand.

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Cheat day

So my motto is “if you’re gonna cheat, why not cheat all the way” and I did. My friend and I went to a local casino and ate in their buffet and this is what I ate. It’s a good thing I ran five miles that morning. The way I see it, I know I will not eat anything like this for atleast six months from now, so why not.

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