How I came to enjoy running…
Last year my boyfriend, Dan, bought me a bodybugg. It was an awesome gift. And it armed me with some valuable knowledge, at the time I was starting to get bored with my workout routine (which included TONS and TONS of spinning and teaching 3 classes a week) and wearing it taught me that I had become so efficient at my routine I was no longer burning tons of calories doing it. An hour spin class only equaled about 300 calories. Thus I tried out other things and this is how I learned running for me was burning a lot more calories in less time. And I took up running a few times a week. In doing so I learned that I hated running for a given period of time, but if I had a route with a finish I actually enjoyed doing it.
Why I decided to do a half marathon…
It was always on my bucket list to do a marathon but I just never thought I could give up every weekend to training. However, around the time I started to enjoy running, I also started reading healthy lifestyle blogs. Most of the girls on the blogs ran and did races and really inspired me. I thought starting with a full marathon may be daunting so the half would be my best bet. I also wanted to find one that was at a good time of year where I wouldn’t be training in the sweltering heat or in the snow. That’s when I stumbled upon the ODDyssey Half Marathon in Philadelphia (right by my house). It is May 22 which is right before memorial day and I would be training in March, April, and May which are generally pretty temperate months (fingers crossed). It was perfect so I pulled the trigger and signed up. Now I am committed.
My training plan…
The plan I created is based of Hal Higdon’s half marathon Novice plan. Because I didn’t want to give the 2 classes I teach a week I formed the plan around them. Also, I am trying to be flexible and my goal is to just complete the mileage every week but if I need to do it on different days due to conflicts I will. Here is the plan:
The plan starts on Monday, February 28 and ends on race day, Sunday, May 22.
|1||3 m run||spin||kb||3 m run||2 m run||4 m run||rest||10|
|2||3 m run||spin||kb||3 m run||2 m run||4 m run||rest||10|
|3||3.5 m run||spin||kb||3.5 m run||2 m run||5 m run||rest||14|
|4||3.5 m run||spin||kb||3.5 m run||2 m run||5 m run||rest||14|
|5||4 m run||spin||kb||4 m run||2 m run||6 m run||rest||16|
|6||4 m run||spin||kb||4 m run||2 m run||5-K Race||rest||13.2|
|7||4.5 m run||spin||kb||4.5 m run||3 m run||7 m run||rest||19|
|8||4.5 m run||spin||kb||4.5 m run||3 m run||8 m run||rest||20|
|9||5 m run||spin||kb||5 m run||3 m run||10-K Race||rest||19|
|10||5 m run||spin||kb||5 m run||3 m run||9 m run||rest||22|
|11||5 m run||spin||kb||5 m run||3 m run||10 m run||rest||23|
|12||4 m run||spin||kb||2 m run||3 m run||rest||Half Marathon||24|
So that is my commitment for the next 12 weeks. I definitely see a lot less drinking in my future since I cannot work out if I have been drinking. Just doesn’t work for me. The good part is when i finish, the next weekend it is officially summer and I will have worked out a ton and hopefully feel good in my bathing suit.
I will be posting more about the training as I go along but this will give you a good idea of what my workouts will look like for the next 3 months.