I wanted to share with you all how my half marathon training is going. I started running/training again 2/10/14 and I am training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on 5/4/14. I have just over 30 miles in at this point and I am at a point where my short runs are 2 to 3 miles and my long run coming up this weekend is going to be 7 miles.
Here is the breakdown comparing this year to last year (my 1st half)… it is still HARD! I still struggle sometimes but I am getting better and learning to love it more and more!
Since running the last one in May of 2013 I have greatly improved in these areas:
More strength training-2 to 3 times a week-true muscle-building strength training and a huge focus on my core and legs!
I eat more food/calories in general-you must eat to keep up with what you are putting out or trying to achieve!
I eat more real food-I don’t eat bars and non-food “food”-no quick on the go bars or easy fast packaged foods
I stretch more-several times a week if not daily
I foam roll more-after every run and once a week after “leg” day for sure
I joined a group through Facebook called I Run for Michael http://www.whoirun4.com/ and got matched with a 20 year sweet girl named Hope from NY who cannot walk or talk but is the happiest girl in the world according to her mom! I dedicate all of my workouts and miles to her!! She is a huge inspiration!!
These are difference makers! I am proof from this year to last.
I have no knee pain after running because my core, hamstrings, glutes and quads are all equally strong and supportive!
I have more energy and can do attitude because I am actually strong and fueled to go run! I used to dread it because I didn’t realize it then, but I was weak!!
I recover much more quickly-I remember last year crying and not being able to walk up steps after running-boo!
A good plan? What has worked for me?
Strength train 2 to 3 times a week
Run 2 to 3 times per week-One short, one hill or speed run and one long run
Yoga or stretch 2 times per week
Now, every week doesn’t go 100% according to plan but it goes something like this and is working out well! I am able to balance life, running, working, being a mom, girlfriend and a totally awesome and happy/healthy version of myself!
What I already want to change FOR NEXT YEAR-last year I stopped running after the marathon was over…big mistake! I will keep running after this one is over for sure year round making things that much easier for 2015.
***3 tips while running to help get you through (I have used them and they work!) —>given to me from a running friend:
1. Focus on the tips of your elbows-as those are the only parts on your body that literally cannot hurt
2. When you run focus on getting your heels up instead of how far forward your stride is
3. Count to 50 every time your right foot hits the ground and then switch to count to 50 every time your left foot hits. The right side of your brain is the side that says “yay! you can do it, this is awesome” and your left side, well it is saying, “why are we running?, stopppppp runnnnninnnnggg, this sucks sooo bad!” so by focusing on the counting you don’t give your left side a chance to infiltrate and sabotage!!
May 4th-here I come!!!
I hope this info helped you and inspired you to know that you can run too!