Phase 2 of Training

Phase 2 also known as balanced training started this week. 

During balanced training I will run 154.5 miles over 32 runs. This phase mixes fast paces and extended distances, creating a well rounded set of endurance and speed exercises to prime my body for the more focused phases later in my training. 

Mileage per run will range from 3 miles to 8.5 miles in this phase. The distance piles on quick too . Yikes ! 

So far, I have missed one run because I had a little to much fun the day before and decided to be lazy … Oops! Since then, I have realized how important this has become to me and that this  is a priority of mine. In order to be successful, I need to take care of my body to get through long runs. 

My routine is fairly simple. I run in the mornings. I’ve been getting up around 5 am for my 3 – 4.5 mile runs. Now that they will be extended, I will get up earlier. The heat and humidity here in central Florida is brutal! I did run in the afternoon last week and it was killer. 

Unfortunately, I have started to have left and right pinched siatic nerves. If you have ever had that while running its excruciating and continuing a run makes it worse. For the first time ever, I had to be picked up in the middle of my run. I thankfully had a chiropractor appt which helped a lot and should continue helping ! 

  
For the first time ever, I am actually starting to see physical benefits on my body from running ! It makes me want to keep going 😉 As far as my diet goes, I do eat what I want and I cannot continue doing that . An on going evaluation of what I eat is taking place and what I should do and not do.  So serious … Haha. I drink lots of water, anywhere from 1-3 liters ! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend . Happy Fathers Day !

Phase 1 of Training 

There are TONS of half marathon training plans out there, it is very important to find one that fits you. I was given a 12 week plan to use, and I was going to double that and make it 24 weeks. 

The more I researched, I stumbled upon the RUN app by My Asics. As you sign up – you answer a few questions based on your 5k and 10k performances. Those answers predict your half marathon finish time. My prediction is 2:13:38 and MY initial goal was 2:15 ! 

I just finished my first week of training. Nothing really exciting to talk about. The first three weeks are called the pre-conditioning phase. This phase allows your body to get adjusted to running frequently allowing you to train for the half marathon. The scheduled runs in this phase are ‘jogs’ or ‘comfortable runs’.  The training schedule suggest pace times for your runs so you don’t over do it. 

  
I run four times a week. I was worried that it was not enough training – however looking at other plans and talking with other runners,  four runs is a safe and steady amount of training for a week! 

Here is what my week looked like: 

 
I have had fast runs and I have had slower runs. The path I have been training on has a lot of inclines which will help me in the future ( I think?). We will find out 😉 

Don’t forget Wednesday is National Running Day ! 

Happy Monday