Saturday, April 20, 2013

Training for a half marathon by running once a week

I haven't posted in awhile, but I'm coming back to blogging because I'm doing a fitness experiment.  I am training for a half-marathon by only running once a week.  I am increasing my mileage by 10% each week and plan to run my first half in September or October--still haven't decided for sure which race I will do.

In addition to my once a week runs, I will continue to do Jillian Michaels' workouts, other similar workouts, pilates, yoga, ballet, etc.  

This week I did 3.6 miles...

We shall see how it goes :).


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year! & Active Day 1

This year, I'm going for 150 Active Days.  It doesn't matter if I workout once or 5 times a day, individual workouts no longer matter.  I want to complete 150 Active Days, and I'm going to!

My other fitness goal is to run a half-marathon.  I play to run for the first time in weeks on Saturday--a short 2 miles.  I gotta work my way back up to my previous mileage without rushing.  Otherwise, there will be more heartache.

Today, I did Ripped in 30 Week 1 and it was TOUGH!  I am very out of shape muscle-wise and definitely running-wise after my break to nurse my hurt foot.  I haven't been diligent with my glucosamine chondroitin either so my ankles were hurting a bit too.

I think I needed a break after being so hardcore most of the year.  Now hopefully I'm back on track.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Workout 209

I tried running with the inserts and it was a nightmare!  A half a mile in, I had to remove them because both feet hurt in the same spot my right foot hurt last week.  Plus, my right toes were completely cramped up!

I finished the first mile slowly and then quickly ran the second one, finishing in less than 20 minutes (which says something because I was going EXTREMELY slow on the first).

Long run this weekend!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Workout 208

Just did workout 208, 10 Pound Slimdown: Total Body.  My foot is feeling exponentially better, but I did not want to push my luck by doing a Jillian Michaels' workout that requires at least 6 minutes of bouncing around cardio.  Chris Freytag's workout does incorporate power drills, but they are easy to modify to make them extra-low-impact.

My muscles are hurting but my foot is not :).


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Workout 206 and 207

On Monday night, I decided to do Ripped in 30 week 1.  I am obviously a little out of shape having not done weights, squats or lunges in awhile.  I was sore until yesterday!

On Wednesday, I decided to go for a 7 mile run on my treadmill and I did it!  The last 2 miles were a little painful because the bottom outer part of my right foot started hurting.  The pain is still there a little bit today, but for a couple of days, I was quite worried it was a stress fracture.  Thanks to advice from my brother-in-law, I went to one of the Dr. Scholl's Kiosks and was fitted for custom inserts.  Hopefully, my foot will feel good enough to do a short run on Tuesday.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Workout 205 - The Glow Run 5K

Last night, I did my 2nd 5K of the day, this time with Gavin, Kailee and my parents.  We did the Glow Run and it was a fun, blacklight, glowstick, night run.  Like the Color in Motion 5K, contestants were released in waves, though we all wore chips that activated when we crossed the starting and finish line.  I was so proud of Gavin!  He ran more than halfway before needing to walk.  Once he began walk/running, he also began complaining about being sleepy and wanting it to be over.  At that point, I did become annoyed because we had no choice but finish the race to get back to the car.  The last quarter mile was a lot of fun because onlookers cheered Gavin on--he really like that :).  He raced to the finish line and LOVED getting his participant medal.  That being said, he told me he does not want to do another 5K anytime soon, LOL.  We finished the race in 42:42.  He's six.  That's freaking amazing! So proud of my boy!

Oh, and it should be noted that Kailee walked the entire 5K at my mom's fast walking pace.  She also pulled her wagon (that was intended for her to ride in) for over halfway.  My mom said that Kailee was basically jogging the entire way.  She may be ready to do the C25K with my mom and Gavin soon :).

Gavin was so tired after we got home that he fell asleep at the table eating dinner. :)


Workout 204 - The Color in Motion 5K

On Saturday morning, some friends, colleagues and I ran the Color in Motion 5K and it was a messy blast!  If you've never done one, here are some things to note:

1. The color is corn starch powder, not liquid.
2. Entrants are sent out in waves and it's not chip-timed.
3. At various points, there are volunteers lining the path with color powder to spray on you.
4. You can get away relatively clean if you stay in the middle of the path.
5. You can get amazingly colorful if you run along the edges of the course.
6. You can get even more colorful if you dance around at the after party.
7. Bring baby wipes to clean up.
8. Bring trash bags to cover your car seats for the ride home.
It was awesome and we are planning to do the official Color Run in April in Dallas!  Anyone who wants to join our team, can and should!  Oh and we plan to dress up in tutus for that one :).