Wednesday, February 22, 2012

my half marathon training

i have decided to train for a half marathon... call me crazy, but i am determined to see this through!

below is an example of the training schedule i have written for myself. making a schedule is the best way to keep myself on track and i cross off my days as i go to track my progress. it feels so good to cross off each run as i finish it!

-run: monday, wednesday, thursday, saturday
-rest days: tuesday, friday and sunday
-start with 3 miles and increase by approximately one mile every saturday

week 1) 13 miles total
week 2) 15 miles total
week 3) 16 miles total
week 4) 19 miles total
week 5) 21 miles total
week 6) 24 miles total
week 7) 26 miles total
week 8) 22 miles total
week 9) 18 miles total
week 10) race week! 21.1 miles total

{i tried to include the chart i created, but it wouldn't work}

i researched online a lot of different half marathon training schedules, and combined some together to come up with what would suit me best. on thursdays, if i am feeling sluggish or tired, i will do some weights and walk 2-3 miles, or do other cross training.

the reason you choose to run any distance race determines how successful you will be in completing the race. my reason is to accomplish a goal. i have wanted to run a half marathon for a while now, and i want to see it through. if you just want to loose weight, you might loose motivation once you reach your goal weight or start loosing weight at all. keep in mind that your goal should be to FINISH the race, not just to loose weight.

below is a photo of a my new favorite breakfast oatmeal. it is great to get more energy before or after a long run. i love oatmeal, but even if you don't like it, you will like this... it is so sweet and delicious!

pumpkin oatmeal with cream

i found inspiration for this oatmeal from chocolate covered katie's blog, her recipe can be found here.

i changed the recipe up a little bit. i didn't used the flake cereal, just oats, pumpkin puree, almond milk, agave syrup, and cinnamon.

i mixed the pumpkin puree with the oats and other ingredients, then let it sit over night with a bit more water. i microwaved the oats in the morning to take the chill off and made some delicious "cream" to go on top.

almond milk cream:
1 banana
3 T of almond milk {or any milk of choice}
1 tsp nut butter

mix all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy, you can add more milk if the consistency is too thick.


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