Today begins Week 1 of my training for the Country Music Half Marathon. I’m a little late in beginning my training because I’ve been nursing a sore hip due to over-training for the Saint Jude Half Marathon I did in December.
This morning I checked in with a friend who is training for a half marathon that occurs on the same day as the Country Music. He’s about three or four weeks into his training. He’s schedule to run five miles this Saturday and I’ve already run a 5-miler. So, according to his training schedule, I am in good enough condition to jump right in and actually be a week ahead. Here’s how I plan to train:
Monday a.m.: 1-hour boot camp
Monday p.m.: run hill repeats
Tuesday am: one hour spin class followed by 1/2 mile swim
Wednesday: 1-hour boot camp followed by 3-4 mile run
Thursday: one hour spin class followed by 1/2 mile swim
Friday: one boot camp class followed by 3 mile run
Saturday: long run. I’ll rotate 6, 8 and 10 miles over the course of the training period. This Saturday I’ll run 6 miles
My food plan is taken right out of the pages of two books: Eating for Life by Bill Phillips and The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. Both plans call for lean meats, healthy carbs and healthy fats. My food will be spread across six small meals a day.
I’ve been eating this way for a while now. For me, the eating part takes a lot of planning. One trick is to stock my office and the department fridge with some of my foods so that I’m not doing as much meal prep and packing each day. For example, I keep oatmeal, protein powder, almond milk and nutrition shakes at work. Those ingredients mean during the work week I don’t have to think about three of my meals. I make my daily Meal 3 at home and take it with me each day. Today I made Meal 3 for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It took less than 30 minutes. I eat Meals 5 and 6 after I leave the office. Often Meal 5 is a fast food salad between work and extra-curricular activities I’m involved with for my church. Meal 6 is a tiny nightcap at the end of the day.
I’m excited to have another event ahead of me. There’s just something about a half-marathon that motivates me to get out there when it would be easier to stay in bed.
Do you have any events or fitness goals your working towards? Leave a comment so we can encourage each other.