Category Archives: Race Training

Attempting To Be a Runner……..Again

I have no more excuses: I’m not pregnant (that has been quite the trend the last two years), I’m not breastfeeding anymore, and both kids are sleeping through the night (well, generally)….

It is time to get back to Running.

It’s always been “my thing” and oh boy I have missed it. And my body has too. I kept myself active during both pregnancies with walking and barre classes, but I’ve been seriously missing out on my runners high.

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So I should be able to just jump right back in, right? Eh not.

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My body has changed, priorities have changed, and my schedule has changed. Gone are the care free weekends with endless time to do whatever I want.  And gone are the days of sleeping 9+ hours a night. My pace is slower, my body is heavier, but it feels good to get my sweat on.

 I do want to complete another half marathon at some point, but for now I want to get back in the rhythm of consistently running.

The last two weeks I have been able to get in 3 runs each week.  I’m shooting for two short runs (2-3 miles) and one long run (5+ miles) This was after writing it down in my planner, putting my running clothes on, and laying my running shoes by the door. No excuses right?

Did you take a break from running or exercise? How did you get back into your routine?

Please share in the comments below!

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Getting Back On Track

Whew! I’m baaack! And wanted to update you on a couple of things!

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We finished the half marathon. And I am so glad that it is over with, lol! n the past, whenever I’d finish a race I was already planning the next one. But this time, I am content with solely focusing on barre classes, yoga, and shorter runs with my pup.

The weather was perfect for the race. Overcast and about 65-70 degrees. The course was an out and back….which isn’t my favorite, the second lap is always a little bit of a mental struggle for me.

I was using my “map my run” app during the race so I knew exactly where I was. The first 6 miles were great, I was hanging at a 9:30 pace. Once I got to mile 8, I gradually started to slow down. The last 2 miles seemed like they took FOREVER but I got a little burst of energy once I saw the finish line in the distance.

I finished close to 2:10. Not my best race, but just happy I made it. It’s been about 2 1/2 years since my last half, so I was/am a little out of practice! In retrospect, I should have incorporated more sprinting workouts into my training for sure.

The soreness lasted 2 days, ugh the next day was the WORST. Every time I walked I could feel my hips and knees pulling. Yuck. Once I made it to Monday, I was feeling a little more normal.

I did a Pure Barre class on Tuesday that week, so now I’m getting back into my regular routine. 🙂

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So, my first blog conference is coming up this week!! EEK! When I signed up, it seemed so far away, I can’t believe it’s finally here. It’ll be great to connect with some fitness/healthy living bloggers and I’m hoping I’ll learn something too!

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I’ll make sure to share details of the event next week!

~M

A Half Marathon in 11 Weeks

Alright you guys, I bit the bullet and signed up for a Half Marathon  coming up on August 2nd, eeek! I would like to do one a little farther out, but our summer is already filling up, so this was the best option. And hey, it’s in Huntington Beach so it can’t be that bad!

I’ve done a lot of halves in the past (over 10), but it’s been more than 2 years since my last one….crazy how time flies. Even though I haven’t been training for a race, I still run regularly 3x a week up to 5 miles.  So, giving myself 11 weeks to train seems like a do-able challenge. (If it was my first half ever, I’d definitely give myself more time!)

I wanted to share my tentative training plan, and will update on how it’s going. A lot of training programs I’ve seen, suggest running 4-5 days a week. But I know my body responds much better with 3 days of running and 1-2 days of strength.  So, take my training program with a grain of salt as everyone is different! And if it’s your first race, I’d suggest training 14-16 weeks.

On my strength days I plan on doing a barre class/DVD & some at home circuits. I will also add in some sprints and intervals during some of my 3 mile runs.

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I finished week 1 of the training today and feel pretty good. I can tell my legs are not in running shape yet, but I made it through the 6 miles today at a 9:45 pace. Hopefully I can keep up that pace with the longer runs.

 How much time do you give yourself when training for a race? Do you follow a training program?