Half-Marathon Monday – Training Week #1

One of my goals for 2017 is to run a half-marathon. I’ve already signed up, May 14th is the big day! The Scotia Bank Fredericton Marathon was my first 5k and my first 10k, so it’s only fitting that it be my first half-marathon.

Half-Marathon Monday

I signed up with my sister, Becky, and her boyfriend Tim. We pretty much run every race together. Last year we only ran Foamfest and MudHero. I’m hoping to run A LOT more races in 2017 – at least ten. I think fitting in a few 5k and 10k races into our Half-Marathon training would be a good idea, plus, if all goes well we would like to run a full marathon this year too.

Our first week of Half-Marathon training is over. The three of us are following this half-marathon training plan. The plan starts you off at an easy 2miles and brings you to race day in 14 weeks. This gives us lots of time to train with a few extra weeks just in case life happens.

I started training right on January 1st, which was a great way to ring in the New Year. I also started a 30 day yoga challenge, a goblet squat challenge, and a StepBet. For the StepBet you need to reach a certain amount of steps for 6 out of 7 days, and 2 of the days you have to reach a ‘stretch goal’. For me, stretch days are 2k more steps then the rest of the week.

For our Half-Marathon training plan, we had two 2mile runs and a 3mile run. As the week wore on, I realised maybe I had bitten off a little more then I could chew. With all the shin splints I experienced in 2014/2015 I realised I need to slow down and listen to my body. I had only began running consistently again during the summer. I had taken my time getting back into running because of the shin splints.

I decided I needed to take a rest day – a serious rest day. No squats, no yoga, no step goal. Rest days are important and sometimes, when we are reaching for our weight loss or fitness goals, we forget that.

While I am happy with what I have accomplished last week, this week I will be scaling it back. I’m going to stick to the half-marathon training plan and my StepBet goals, but yoga and goblet squats are not going to be done everyday. I will also be teaching Taekwondo two days a week and on Saturdays we train in Salisbury.

This week, I need to focus on eating better. That’s not to say I didn’t watch what I ate last week, because I did, but there is always room for improvement. I made my hydration goals a focus last week and I got in all the water I needed to. This week I need to eat more fruits and veggies.

I can’t wait until the weather gets warmer. I seriously hate running on the treadmill. I find it so boring! I’m trying to find some podcasts to listen to while I’m running because I find that even my music gets boring after awhile.

On to week two!

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