Half Training Playlist

Hi guys! Woo for Wednesday! This first full week back at work is dragging..ugh.

I spent lot of time this weekend getting a new playlist together for my training runs for the NYC half. Although I don’t always run with music, I know once my runs start to get longer I’m gonna need some good tunes.

I found some great ones- and let me tell you- I saw Les Mis this weekend and had to refrain from putting those on there (i’m weird like that). If you haven’t seen it yet GO GO GO. It was absolutely amazing and so powerful. I want to see it again!

I have a weird mix-from Glee to Country I love it all. 🙂

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  • Let me gestknow if you have any suggestions! I’m always up for new songs! 🙂
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Here’s to a Healthy Training Cycle

Well hello, hello! Is it seriously Monday again? How do these things happen…jk, I’m ready to tackle the week I swear!

My post on Friday recapped my (almost) first week of NYC Half training. I told you guys about how I already switched up my plan according to how my body was feeling that week. As I stated, I’m pretty Type B, go with the flow, so it didn’t bother me that much to do something else and I was DOING something else. Bunches of you agreed with me, and while I know it’s true… like many of you too, I’m sure..sometimes you get that guilt that comes along with missing or changing your your “scheduled workout” ;especially when it’s leading up to a big event! While I’m pretty sure this is a natural feeling, sometimes it stays in the back of your mind.

As many of you also told me, we all have those days. Our bodies are trying to tell us something and we need to listen, despite a run or workout being scheduled. As my friend Kate told me those of us who stay strict and rigid with plans end up burnt out, injured, or in a bad mental state…and YEP, she’s right! As I reminded myself that I was trying to think of the things I can do to keep a very positive, healthy training cycle for my first half. So far I have:

  • Foam rolling, icing, stretching
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Sometimes you have spectators while foam rolling. Cute furry ones

Foam rolling has been my go to before AND after my runs. Rolling out before make me feel much looser during my runs, especially in the calf department. Stretching my calves out will hopefully keep my Plantars facitis issues at bay! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about my foot, so I’ve been icing and using a golf ball to roll on the bottom- mostly my heels and arch.

  • Warming up

Now, I can’t say I’ve been 100% on this, but I’ve been making an effort to do some dynamic warm-up before runs, hopefully to get rid of any junk first miles for myself. This is conveniently done while waiting for the Garmin to find satellites, which can sometimes be a good bit of time…. I don’t do anything crazy, high knees, butt kicks, gate walks, mummy kicks (personal FAV)… I’m doing my best to work myself into a good pace and not going out too first starting

  • Letting go the idea of a “Perfect Plan”

I am completely in understanding with the fact that training might not happen according to plan and ITS FINE. It’s OKAY. In fact, if you skipped it according to how your body felt, it definitely a good thing. If I need rest, rest I shall. I took it easy on Thursday helped me to tackle a hillier than usual, 4 mile run on Saturday and still feel okay on Sunday.

  • Not only analyzing the run, but how I felt mentally and physically too

While I am loving my Garmin, I’ve been trying not to get obsessed with numbers. I am trying to understand and comprehend how much my mental status has an affect on my run as well. Out of everything, for me, mental issues are the hardest part of running! Writing about it has helped. More about the Believe I Am Journal later 🙂

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  • How do you stay happy, and healthy through training?

NYC Half Training Week 1

Hi everyone! Ohhh thankfully it’s Friday. Coming back to work after that vacation has been some long days. So glad it’s a short week!

As I train for this half, I want to try and breakdown my training for the week. Hopefully (mostly for me) it will help me think about how the week went, if anything needs to change.. you know real reflection kinda stuff. 😉

Here is what the week looks like, starting with this past Monday.

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I think the week went well…although I already went off the plan a little bit. Yesterday my legs and feet were super achey, so instead of running in the “feels like 19 degree weather,” I opted for the elliptical and some arm lifting to give my feet a break. I know that on Saturday my legs will be thankful for my 4 mile run. I plan to rest or do some core work Sunday.

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Love my Garmin data!

As far as I think, this week was successful. My paces were decent, ones I know that I’ll be able to improve by the end.

I’m not a very rigid, schedule following person, so it doesn’t bother me that I switched things around. (Thank you Type B personality!) I already knew with my hectic schedule with my jobs that things will be changed around, but I am just going to go with the flow! Stress free is the way to be! 😉

  • Are you strict with your training schedules?

Last Things Thursday

Hi everyone! It’s time for:

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(I’ve been a little pic monkey obsessed!)

Last Song on the iPod

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One of my favorites to run to!

Last Sweet Treat

Reese’s Cups of course. We still have bags leftover from the holidays. 2 go in my lunch bag everyday for work!

Last Workout

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3 miles on the schedule for training so that’s what happened. It was freezing. Seconds thought about training for a half in the dead of winter… JK but seriously. My legs were stiff and frozen! Not my best but it is what it is 🙂

Last Meal Out

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Drew and I went to Panera on NYE Day and we both got delish big kid grilled cheese and soup!

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Last Thing I Did

Before I went to bed I got in the hot tub! I’m so thankful that my parents have this cause my legs were super sore!

  • What are some of your last things?

NYC Half Training

Happy 2013 everyone! I hope you all had a great New years. Mine was low key, but spent with Drew! Any time we can see each other is a bonus 🙂

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Annnnnd so vacation is officially over. I seriously haven’t worked since the last day of school because of the gym schedule and me visiting my family. Tomorrow will definitely be a rude awakening. I seriously had the blues last night thinking about getting back to a crazy work schedule (alarms- ew!) haha, but, oh well, once I’m into the swing of things I’m sure I’ll be back into it.

Speaking of schedules, NYC Half Training officially started yesterday! I bought a small planner to help me organize my running through the next months. I decided to go with Hal Hilgdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon Plan.

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Fancy.

With the day off yesterday, Drew, myself, and my Dad went for a run (1.5 miles) up to the school where my dad teaches and did a circuit workout, and then ran our way back home another 1.5 miles. So, I did get my 3 miles in yesterday- even if not in a row… I wasn’t too concerned about it considering I’ve been consistently running 3-4 miles for the past 2 months. I’ll take it 🙂

Our Workout:

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It was a good one! my legs were already feeling it on the way back. I hope to keep cross training like this and not to mention keeping up with foam rolling to (hopefully) stay injury free for this training! 🙂

  • How was your New Years?
  • What is your favorite type of cross training?