Training Day... Week 16

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

For those of you who aren't into exercise, I am sure you're anticipating me being done with this race so my random ramblings will go back to other areas of concern, however, I know there are some of you out there who are on the "fitness train" too, and I hope these posts help you stay motivated to finish what you start!
{P.S. I do believe that is the overall "motto" for this first 1/2 marathon... just to finish =)}
Let me start by saying "Ouch Charlie!"--no, I didn't get bit by a toddler, but my whole body is still aching from working in the yard all day Sunday, so I am having to watch what I do this week... starting out yesterday morning at the gym was a good idea in theory, but my muscles are still REALLY hurting...
Monday: Ran 3 miles at a 9:40 pace/abs/stretches
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Run 4 miles at a 10:00 pace/abs/stretches
Thursday: 30 Day Shred DVD
Friday: Run 3 miles at a 9:30 pace/abs/stretches
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: LONG RUN--10 miles at a 10:30 pace
**This is the last big run before the BIG day next week... ahhhh! I am so scared, but so excited and just can't wait until all my training finally pays off =) 
TOTAL: 20 miles

This week, I want to post some of my "Lessons Learned" from my weeks and weeks of training... maybe some will find these handy, as I know it can be very daunting getting out there when you have--literally--no idea what the etiquette is, where to start, and how to get better:
1. Start slow and work your way up... I have had so many friends/readers/etc. say they can't even run a mile--well, walk it! If you increase the # and gradually the length of your runs, you'll be running 3 to 5 miles in no time
2. Begin a training schedule and stick to it! As we all know, I am a list checker-offer... if you are the same, write it all down--day by day--just so you can cross it off and know you're doing more for your body's well-being
3. Exercise is only half the battle... if you're exercising 3 to 4 times a week, and then drinking and eating whatever you want on the weekends, you won't see the results you're looking for... this is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE!! Sure, you can have your cheat days/meals, but in moderation. And, if you insist on dessert, go with the 100 calorie dessert bars by Skinny Cow, Klondike, etc.
4. Mix it up! Running can get OLD--and fast! Throw in some cardio variety like zumba, spinning, or other workout class and this will keep you entertained and motivated!
5. NEVER NEVER NEVER drink the night before a long run--I did this last week for the first time and it was a big mistake! I could barely finish because I was soooo dehydrated, which is why I won't be drinking again until after my race is O-V-E-R
6. Try new snacks BEFORE the race--as in days and weeks before... I have experimented with GU gels, Chomps, and Jelly Belly Sport Beans {which are my new found BFF} and now I know what I need to carry with me come race day--it's all about knowing what your body can/can't handle to avoid running cramps
7. And most importantly...
Happy Tuesday friends!! I hope this helps--feel free to ask questions as I am here to help =)


  1. What a great post! Thanks so much! Can't wait to hear about your race! My first half is next month!

  2. Yay!! you are almost there! Congrats and GOOD LUCK!!!
    PS~Def made mistake #5 before!

  3. I am also doing the Country Music Half so I love your training updates! Great tips too! I also just purchased the Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred because I've plateaued. Thought all this running/walking would've made me drop the pounds fast!