Spring Half Marathon Training Week 4 Recap/Week 5 Preview

Good morning! Here’s the ever-exciting break down of last week’s running!

Should have run:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: x-train
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 9 miles
Sunday: Rest day
TOTAL: 26 miles

What I ran:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 7 miles
Wednesday: 9 miles
Thursday: x-train : 30 min elliptical
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Lifting day
TOTAL: 24 miles

Last week was a rough week for me! I got in all of my long runs, which I’m happy about, but they all had to be done on the treadmill, which I’m completely dreading nowadays. I need to research some ways to make loooooong runs more entertaining on the treadmill. Maybe that’s what I’ll do this week-figure out some motivating treadmill tips and see if they help. hmmm.

Anyway, here’s what week 5 is supposed to look like:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: x-train
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: Rest

For some reason long runs on the weekend have not been working for me! I’ll blame it on the treadmill. haha. We’ll see how I do this week!

Spring Half Training Week 3 Recap/Week 4 Preview

Good morning!

Well so far this training schedule has been run pretty much completely on the treadmill. Seriously, anyone who thinks minutes go by fast hasn’t run on a treadmill! So so slowwwww. The weather we’ve had lately pretty much gives me no choice though. I’m good with running in 15 degree temps, but any colder than that….I’m way too much of a wimp for. The high today is 1 degree. 1 degree. And then there’s the wind chill. I feel so bad for those folks who deal with this weather all the time. I’d go crazy! But anyway, since it looks like there’s no chance of outdoor running in my near future, the treadmill it is.

Back to the topic at hand- I think I did a pretty good job of staying with my mileage this week. My biggest struggle is not to keep going extra miles when I’m feeling good during a run. I tend to just allow myself to do so, especially with all the running I’m doing on the treadmill currently. I think it’s a little easier on my body, so the extra miles might make up for it a little bit. Another thing I’ve been trying to do is change the incline frequently during my run. I read in Runner’s World that changing your speed and incline while running on the treadmill helps avoid overuse injuries, and I’ll try pretty much anything to keep me pain-free. It seems to work though, and it helps me break up some of the boredom too.

So this is what I was supposed to do this week:
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: x-train
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: Rest day
TOTAL: 23 miles

And this is what I actually did:
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: 8 miles
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 5 miles
TOTAL: 29 miles

It’s really hard for me to cross train some weeks, and this past week was one of those. I felt good running, so that’s what I wanted to keep doing. I did notice on Sunday that I started getting extra tired of the treadmill…I’m hoping that isn’t a sign of things to come for this week! I think right around 30 miles a week is my sweet spot. I feel good running that amount of miles. I’m not abnormally tired and I have no aches and pains. Ideally I would love to stay in the 30-40 mile range weekly for a while and see how I do with that. I also had to be at work between 7 and 7:30 am everyday this past week,( normal is between 8-8:30am) so the fact that I was still able to fit in that kind of mileage in the morning is a good sign!

Anyway, here’s my schedule for week 4:
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: x-train
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 9 miles
Sunday: Rest day
TOTAL: 26 miles

This week calls for a tad higher mileage, as I at least need to fit in a 5, 6, and 9 miler at some point during the week. I most likely won’t stick to these days, but I do plan on getting in my three higher mileage days, maybe with a few others tossed in-we’ll see how I’m feeling about the treadmill! It’s definitely a day-to-day thing. I logged 29 miles last week, so getting in at least 26 should be relatively easy.

Healthy Weight Week!

Did you know that this week is the 21st annual Healthy Weight Week? I just found out about this special week not too long ago-it was put into place to help spread awareness on the importance of a positive body image, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle instead of dieting. I really love this idea, because I think women especially, constantly feel pressure to look like women in magazines and to lose weight, instead of focusing on loving our body for the purpose it serves. I myself have struggled with poor body image in the past-and I still do at times, but I think it’s important to try to focus your thoughts on how amazing the human body is, and on ways to take care of it the best we possibly can. Focusing on loving our body and giving it what it needs to be happy, will help us lose any weight we’d like to lose, give us energy, and keep our insides healthy too.

Over the years I’ve found that following a strict diet may give me quick, noticeable results, but that weight doesn’t stay off long. As soon as I start eating normally again, I gain it all back. I’ve compiled a few things I think are important when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle. I don’t do all of these perfectly yet, but I’m working on it-and that’s what matters!

-Try to eat from every food group during each meal. Incorporate grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, low-fat dairy and lean meats. Eating at regular times, including snacks to satisfy hunger will help to increase and improve your health – the ultimate goal of every diet.

-Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full – listening to your body’s signs of hunger and fullness will help you to keep the amount of food you consume reasonable.

-The choices of balance, variety and moderation allow healthy eating to include all foods. Allow yourself a small treat every once in a while.

-Be active, in your own way – make exercise fun. Any combination of aerobics, resistance training, stretching, and weights coupled with every day activities like gardening, dancing, sports, an outdoor hobby, or taking a walk with your family can boost your activity level.

-It’s also important to remember that healthy, sustainable weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. It’s hard not to be anxious for those few extra pounds to disappear, but you didn’t gain them overnight, so you’ve got to give your body time to get rid of them! It takes 3,500 extra calories over the daily amount you should be eating daily to gain one extra pound, so it takes a 3,500 calorie deficit to lose a pound. Try eating 500 less calories a day, exercising away 500 calories a day, or a combination of both to lose a pound a week. My Fitness Pal is a great tool to help you track your calories!

I’m currently reading “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz. I’m not finished with it yet, but she talks a lot about loving our body and giving our body what it needs in the forms of food and exercise. It’s a great read so far-I definitely recommend it! I plan on writing a post about it too, once I finish it!

Spring Half Training Week 3

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: x-train
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: Rest day
TOTAL: 23 miles

This week is a lot like last week, only with an 8 mile long run instead of 6 miles. I’m hoping this week runs as smoothly as last week! I’m planning on getting up early every morning and getting my runs in before I start my day. I think that’s when I get my best runs in, so we’ll see how it goes! :)

Spring Half Training Week 2 Recap:

Good morning!

Here was the mileage I was supposed to get in last week:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 6 miles
Sunday: Rest
TOTAL: 22 miles

And here is my actual week:

Monday: 3.1 miles (outside! YAY!)
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 40 minutes on the elliptical (4.3 miles)
Sunday: (Rest)
TOTAL:(Not including elliptical) 22 miles!

Although I mixed around the days a bit, I’m so proud of myself for sticking to the mileage I was supposed to complete! I did notice it was much more difficult to keep myself entertained on the treadmill this week though. I’m really, reeeeeaaallly hoping all of this snow disappears so I can start running outside again! I’d say other than that, it was a very smooth training week. I had no aches or pains and all of my runs felt good! Hoping for another great week this week!

Spring Half Training Week 2

Well, week 1 really flew by it seemed like! My week 2 schedule is as follows:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 6 miles
Sunday: Rest
TOTAL: 22 miles

The way the weather is shaping up for this week, it looks like another week of treadmill running, except for today. The high for today is 45 and it’s supposed to be partly sunny-I’ll take it! So realistically, I’d love to get the 6 miler done today outside versus doing in on the treadmill later in the week. This weekend is looking like it’s going to be another one that is difficult to get runs in, just like this past weekend, so I’m thinking I’ll move my days around a bit, so my schedule actually looks like this:

Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest
TOTAL: 22 miles

Hopefully today’s weather shapes up to be as nice as it’s supposed to be so I can run outside. This would be my first day running outside with my new Mizunos, too. I love them on the treadmill, so I’m really hoping they end up being just as wonderful outside!

Spring Half Training Week 1 Recap:

Good morning!

So, last week was week 1 of training for the 3 half marathons I have coming up this spring. My week of running was supposed to look like this:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles (I may do 5 miles if I’m feeling up to it)
Thursday: Rest day (possible cross training day)
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: Rest day
TOTAL: 22 (24) miles

Pretty straight forward, right? Well you’d think! But as with most weeks, not much went as planned. We got a huge snow storm on Sunday (12 feet of snow) and temps in the -20 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit range. I’ve really never seen anything like it in Indiana before. Basically the state shut down. I had no work on Monday, and since the treadmill I use is in the fitness center at work, that meant no 3 mile run for me on Monday. Tuesday afternoon work opened back up, so I went in and was able to get a run in on the treadmill. So here’s what my week ended up actually looking like:

Monday: 0 miles
Tuesday: 7 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday:6 miles
Friday: 8 miles
Saturday: 0 miles
Sunday: 0 miles
ACTUAL TOTAL: 26 miles

I’m pleased with my high mileage when I was able to run. I felt good all week, strong and pain-free. On Monday and Tuesday of this last week I did some strength training too which made me happy that I got that done. My new Mizunos came in on Thursday, too! I’ll do a post on those soon.

Spring Half Training Week 1!

Tomorrow starts my half marathon training for the spring season. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this! I ran 7 miles on NYE and was so sore and achy afterwards (mostly my knees) I decided to take the rest of the week off from running pretty much because I was scared to seriously hurt myself the week before I’m supposed to start a consistent plan again. That really would be just my luck, so I figured I’d rather be safe than sorry!

My week 1 looks like this:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles (I may do 5 miles if I’m feeling up to it)
Thursday: Rest day (possible cross training day)
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: Rest day

I also want to add strength training into the mix-I haven’t been good at incorporating it into my running plans in the past and it’s way too important for my body, so I need to figure out the best days for me to do so. I’m thinking this week I’ll try Monday and Wednesday with a full body lifting circuit and see how that goes, with maybe some yoga on Thursday…

I ordered new Mizunos too! They are supposed to be here tomorrow, but with this snow storm currently running rampant outside, I’m thinking they won’t be here until Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m really excited to start breaking those bad boys in, but in the meantime I bought new in soles for my current running shoes. I can’t remember the name of the shoes I ordered for the life of me, but they are different than the Mizunos I normally wear. I’ll post some pics as soon as they get here!