Category Archives: Event Training

Training for My Second 1st Half Marathon

Faith Keith - Image: Let's run! A couple years ago I was training for my first half marathon and 3 weeks before the race I broke my tailbone while snowboarding.  Yes, yes, why was I snowboarding 3 weeks before a race…well, because snowboarding is awesome. =P

So today marks week 1 of prepping for my SECOND 1st half marathon ^_^

I am using Hal Higdon’s training schedule for the Novice. This is what I used last time and I made incredible progress, felt strong the entire 3 months. His schedules have been the best I have tried thus far.

For science purposes, I am going to try keeping my diet protein+veggies mostly, with minimal carbs.  Then when my mileage starts getting up and I start leaning out (prob starting at week 5) I will then add carbs an hour or 2 before my runs.  My goal here is to do the best I can to maintain muscle while training for the half.  With this much cardio it will be next to impossible to BUILD, but maintain I think I can do.

Training will ultimately be 5 days cardio (3 run days, 2 cross training) and 5 weight lifting days hitting every muscle group twice except for legs. I will only train legs once a week outside of cardio.

Here we go!

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Life doesn’t come with an emergency break

The wonderful thing about life is that it doesn’t stop.

Work responsibilities have sky rocketed leaving only SLOTS for workouts. 😦 Major sadness: my trainer doesn’t have openings that can accommodate my insanity.  I’m terrified.  I’m terrified of working out entirely on my own because I am remembering how I was before her – I was hardcore, but I was not nearly as strong or lean.  Did I learn enough while training with her to prevent myself from going back?

I caught myself wishing life could just freeze for 2 hours every day so I could train with Susan  – but then I let the reality sink in that hey, this is life. We can’t change it, but we can adapt.

So I will adapt. I will find a way to workout on my own or enlist Susan as often as I can whenever and however it works out. Accomplishing goals is always difficult – and that’s what makes it worth reaching.

I’m glad life doesn’t come with an emergency break – how boring would that be?!


Half-Mary and a Triple-threat!

Trying to create a schedule that fits in time in the Word, food prep, exercise, work, church/music, family, social life AND sleep is…well…an age-old dilemma, yea?

It’s all about goals and priority order, of course, to determine what will go and what will stay. Sometimes I feel like I am reassessing my schedule daily. Whatever it takes.

My new goals are to get a half mary and a triathlon under my belt before my trip home to the Philippines in May 2012.  I have gusto today, but can I stick to my training efforts? Yes…yes, I can.

My idea is to be half-mary ready by January (race on 01/28), then do a tri in either Feb or April. Preferably February because it is only a few hours from my grandma (Maudzy) and I’d love to visit her after! But April would give me more time to rest and then pick up training again.

My plan is to cross train with bike and swimming while getting marathon ready. For those of you who know how accident prone I am because of my history of pushing myself too far, I can assure you I will train smart 🙂 She can be taught!


Goals with a cause

My friend (age 24) was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It is a real reminder that no matter how rough life may seem, there is always someone out there going through much worse.

She is a fitness-lover like we are and used to a very active lifestyle. You can imagine how being diagnosed with cancer would be a jolt to such a fit minded person with many dreams and goals. Chemo therapy and a lot of bed rest – not your ideal way to enjoy your early 20’s :(. Help me support Amber in her fight against ovarian cancer.

http://tinyurl.com/4TeamAmber

She is my motivation to train for a race.


Take Action

How many times do you catch yourself saying “ugh I’m so out of shape”? What’s stopping you? Believe it or not, it might simply be that you just don’t know HOW to reach your fitness goals!  It’s easy to grab a fitness mag and a bottle of fat burners and say “ok, I’m gonna make it happen”, but without proper guidance you won’t get anywhere but a plateau.

For just one month…

  • Invest in a trainer and nutrition plan   –You’ll learn so much even in one month!and/or
  • Train with people who know what they’re doing  –it will be motivational and fitness people love sharing what they’ve learned 🙂

This can be your season. Reach those goals! You can do it. Just decide to and do it.

 

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“I don’t cheat”

https://i2.wp.com/www.oxygenmag.com/uploaded-files/image/oxy143/143_covergirl.jpgI was flabbergasted when I read that Jamie Eason said “I don’t cheat”!  I mean… I guess I shouldn’t be shocked because, if you look at her, how ELSE would she look that good all the time?!  But what I want to know is…HOW can you not cheat…wouldn’t you feel deprived?

Jamie Eason makes a HOBBY out of transforming her favorite comfort foods into clean, protein-dense fuel for her fit lifestyle. Here, she shares: Jamie Eason – June 2011 – Robert Kennedy’s Oxygen Women’s Fitness.

I don’t know about you, but I am TOTALLY motivated…I’m adding this statement to my 21 Day challenge:

“I will try to get really creative in the kitchen so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.”


2 Tips on Successful Dieting

Stemmed from the Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip of the Day, I give you 2 tips to increase your chances of succeeding with your new diet.

  1. Be specific. Be precise about what you are trying to achieve and when you will do it. It’s not enough to say “I want to be fit and will work out consistently”. Write in your calendar the exact days and times so you can hold yourself accountable and have your diet written out to follow (including when you will have a “treat meal”).
  2. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t. When trying to change behavior, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the bad habit. Focus on the substitute instead. If you want to stop munching, don’t dwell on the times you’ve caved to your cravings. Think about what you will do the next time you find yourself hovering over the pantry.

Thank you Michelle for sharing the Harvard tip of the day – you inspired this post!


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