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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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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!


Let’s Get Back to That Half

Now that the C25K is under your belt, shake things up with a new goal! Maybe it is another 5k that you want to run next month, so get back to training and pat yourself on the back – you are a runner! Or perhaps you are ready to face a new challenge…give yourself a pep talk and train for a 10k, a 15k, 25k?…half marathon?

Prior to breaking my tailbone I was training for a half marathon. The C25K really helped me slowly get my body to adjust back to the movement of running. My body feels ready to begin again, so of course I will start back up on the training! =) Assuming I do not have any set backs, I will strive to be race ready by 10/10/2010. When training, nothing can ever be set in stone; so, as a runner, you need to learn to be flexible and adapt to any changes.

Went kayaking after work followed by a 20 minute bout on the elliptical. Great cross day! Lord-willing my back will hold up after dancing this weekend at my cousin’s wedding – if so, I’ll be running 4 miles on Sunday and then begin a “Half” schedule. Awesome.

Run strong!

PS. Today is my birthday ^_^ I am totally loving life and praising God for my incredible husband, without his support I would not survive this world.


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