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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Break, but Back

So, I took a little break before the real training even began! I guess those few weeks that I had 'built in' for injuries, set-backs & just life in general are gone. The Christmas season was just so busy in our house. On top of that, my mom fell and broke her shoulder in 3 places, so I've had to help her out quite a bit.

Today was my first day back to running in over 3 weeks. I could definitely feel the fact that I hadn't run in a bit. I was winded quicker than usual, my pace was slower, and I just felt like complete crap. I ran 3 miles today, but my left hip started to hurt in the last 0.5 mile. Then I kept getting cramps in my stomach. It was not a fun run, at all. But, I pushed through it, finished...and I'm glad that I did. 

Now, on to the real training...

BTW, my mom and grandmother bought me some really [super] cute running clothes for Christmas! I can't wait to wear them!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Half Marathon Training Days 1 & 2

I'm finally feeling a *little* better. I'm still coughing, but generally, I'm better.

The half marathon that I want to run is at the end of March. Figure 12 weeks of training, that puts me at starting my training around the 1st week of January. I'm building in a few weeks for injuries, repeating training, busy schedules, etc. So, I'm starting this week.

I decided to train with Jeff Galloway's training program. I had initially chosen to train with Hal Higdon's  training program, but decided that it's a little to advanced for me...even the beginner schedule. Anyway, the main difference between the 2 programs (besides number of weeks) is that Galloway's program is a run/walk program. I like his theory about conserving muscle energy and not getting fatigued too fast. I think I'll be able to do well.

Yesterday was a cross training or rest day. I chose to cross train, but I wanted to run a little bit, so I just did a quick mile. Then I went ahead and cycled for 30 mins. I felt great yesterday.

Today I ran. It was a 30 minute run/walk. I only did just over 2 1/2 miles, but I'm sure that as I condition myself and build endurance my pace will get better. I felt pretty good today!