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2nd Half Marathon

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Establishing a Routine

I love planning. I take comfort in knowing how I will be spending my time. The half marathon training has kept me busy and on track. Our fitness schedule has us running 5 days a week with 2 days of cross training. I use one of my cross training days for weight training, and the other for Pilates and an exercise class called Lean Physique. This week I will be trying yoga for the first time!

Monday: Cross Training
Tuesday: Tempo Runs
Wednesday: Hills Training (Running)
Thursday: Steady Run
Friday: Personal Training + Steady Run
Saturday: Cross Training + Weekly Weigh In*
Sunday: Long Slow Distance Run

Hydration Tip: When you divide your weight (in pounds) in half that equates to the the amount of water in ounces you should be consuming when you're training. I'm still trying to consume more water.

February Weigh In: Down 5.8 lbs

Note: I weigh in weekly for Weight Watchers. Be aware of your overall health goals. Consult your doctor to ensure that your weight goals are safe and healthy for you. My personal trainer discouraged me from weighing myself frequently because he did not want me to be discouraged. Muscle weighs twice as much as fat. He said that it sometimes takes up to two months before you can see a change in your body.

Be Patient & Stick with it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Half Marathon Clinic Begins!

     The day has finally arrived, the first night of our clinic! I was most excited to meet new running buddies,
there are over 40 people registered for our clinic, so there are plenty to choose from! It was nice to see some familiar faces out this evening. What I loved about the first clinic night was hearing the other members goals. Mine is to continue to achieve overall health and wellness, and continue to lose weight. My goal race is to run in the Ottawa Half Marathon on May 29th for my 26th birthday! I will miss my running buddies from the Newmarket store, but I look forward to working with Monick and Jamie.

     In preparation for the half marathon clinic I have been working with a personal trainer to help me strengthen my body so that it will provide me with a good foundation for running. I hope this will also reduce injuries. We have broken my body in to three main areas, and each workout focuses on one area of the body.

Here is what my workout week looks like:

Monday: 1 hour of Person Training: Core/Arms + 65 minutes of walking (fat burning) on the treadmill post-workout.
Tuesday: 4.5 km of Steady running outside with my clinic
Wednesday: Run Club: 3km at Tempo (outside)
Thursday: 3km Steady run
Friday: 1 hour of Personal Training: Legs
Saturday: 3km Steady
Sunday: Run Club: 8km of Long Slow Distance (outside)

What does your fitness routine look like this week?

Note: Due to being sick for 2 weeks I missed 2 personal training sessions, so I added an extra training session this week. There should always be a full day of rest in your training schedule. I might adjust the run scheduled for Saturday depending on how my legs are feeling for the weight training the night before.  

Funny Side Note: Last night I had a dream that after I got home from my workout I ate two large white chocolate macadamia nut cookies right before I went to sleep.