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Week 3: Milestone Races

Week 3 of Marathon Training

Along the way it sure is nice to have small races in between – less daunting that way I guess.  This week I have a 4 miler! And a 10K in our near future. ^_^

Day 1: Stretch and Strengthen.

Day 2: Weight Training + 3.5 mile run. I did weights at lunch, then running after work. Was brutal today for some reason.

Day 3: Weight Training + 4 mile run. 

Day 4: Cross training light. Elliptical 50 minutes

Day 5: REST for tomorrow, we race!

Day 6: 4.2 M Reindeer Romp with my friend Sarah Jane! Our husbands were waiting right at the finish line shouting and arm-flailing to cheer us on! They are awesome.

Faith Keith and Sarah Jane

4.2 miles done!

Day 7: Weight Training + stretching.

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Separating the Dreamers from the Goal Reachers

Week 2

Run when you don’t want to, run when you do want to and reach your goal!

Day 1: Stretch and Strengthen. This is a great day for yoga, but I’m saving every where I can – Christmas is around the corner! So I opted to do my stretching at home.

Day 2: Weight Training + RUN. Great Tri workout at lunch with the hot husband @lukekeithRain, Cold, and a case of the sweat pants: After work I debated whether to run outdoors or hit the shredmill and finally decided to drive home to run the neighborhood. As I drove home I saw how misty it was and could tell I had symptoms of the excuses. The onset of the excuses made me slap my face and remind myself I already committed to running outdoors tonight and if I skipped now then I would most likely not be able to complete half marathon training. I ran! It was cold and the air was misty, but by mile 2 it started RAINING. By the time I was done with my run it was pouring and I was drenched. But, oh sweet molly, I felt a sense of pride.

Day 3: Weight Training + cross

Day 4: Run. 3 miler woot! gettin’ ‘er done!

Day 5: Rest. Thanksgiving – yes I timed this week so that I could rest ^_^

Day 6: Weight Training. Back and shoulders

Day 7: Long run. <<did not get this one in due to picking up my parents from the airport and visiting and then the day ended…it happens

 

Week 3 has already begun as I am finally posting this – hope everyone is reaching their winter goals!! I’m cheering you on!! Get it done!


Let the training begin!

Stretching Exercises for Runners http://bit.ly/shoNbM

Week 1 – Kick started!

Day 1: Mental preparedness. I spent this day stretching and plotting my running schedule.  If you don’t have a plan or a routine of when exactly you will run, you probably won’t. Planning is key!

Day 2: I ran 2.25 EZ miles and it felt pretty good. I wasn’t winded and my muscles were feeling good. My joints however, we’re feeling the ache.  I stretched good and am drinking more water. Hopefully my joints will remember the running and get stronger soon.

Day 3: Weight training. Did a back/shoulder workout at lunch – bumped my lat pull downs to 105 and still cranking out 10-12 reps for 5 sets! Woot! I plan to continue weight training until the running starts needing my dedicated energy supply.

Day 4: 3 mile jog. I decided it was better to keep my pace low for now as my body adjusts, so I did this 3 miler as a jog pace instead of my race speed or faster. As a result, I ran out of time because I had a fundraiser to attend, so I only finished 2.5. Felt solid though, so I am so excited about this week’s long run!!

Day 5: Weight training. Normally I would have this day be an Active Recovery Day with a very light cardio to keep my legs moving but allow them to rest. Since tomorrow will be my first long run I want to give my legs and back a little more rest and opt for an arm+upperbody workout.  My tailbone is still giving me grief from running this week….ugh… :/ I’m going to be a very decrepit old lady.

Day 6: Long run. WHAT? It didn’t happen! Between the cold weather change AND my awesome cousins coming in town for the weekend I just never made it out there.  I realize, though, that my half marathon is in JANUARY so that means I better get myself used to the cold pronto! Or else I am going to be MISERABLE.  I need to slowly ween myself from the shredmill and out on to the pavement.

I’m ready for week 2!!


Getting Serious

My husband and I are fitness fanatics, but we are about to improve our mentality with a bit more seriousness.  This past weekend we were in Arkansas – how can you not be fitness-crazed when you’re in Arkansas? All those lovely hills of death to bike and run and the lakes to kayak across…not to mention the National Strongman competition that we attended while we were there.  Yes, we were quite inspired.  So inspired, in fact, that our drive home sparked great conversations about setting new goals and how we would accomplish them.

My desire is to be in the most ridiculous shape of my life, but of course my goal needs to be something measurable. One of my goals is still to run a marathon, but I would love to be qualified for figure competition.  Should I pursue? I think so!  Its kind of a scary goal because it would dramatically change my lifestyle – can we say no free time?  Still contemplating.  For now, I am going to dedicate time to educating myself on what it will take and training accordingly.  I have friends in the BB world that I can learn much from – time to take advantage!

Have you set any new goals? Reach high. Accomplish much.


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