Ever since I went through the challenging [and painful] experience of a half marathon race without training, I’ve been eager to start running again. All it takes is a few steps. Eventually it’ll turn into a mile… two miles… marathons!
I’m not quite to the 26.2 mile marker yet, but I’m working my way there. It’s been added to the bucket list.
I have seven scary, but exciting races lined up for 2015 and I’m going to kick off my training with the #WorkitOut100 challenge that everyone’s raving about. Have you seen the photos filling up your newsfeed, yet? Well, I’m signing up for the challenge but I’m taking a slightly different approach. Let’s be honest, no one wants to see my sweaty selfie.
I’m going the “motivational” route in hopes that my fun little quotes and peaceful photos will get people off their bums doing something that gets the heart a pumpin’.
In order to keep up a routine and continue to stay positive and motivated to run – I need to plan out a schedule and STICK TO IT. As easy as it sounds, it’s the hardest thing to do. When you mix in a boyfriend, family, friends, work, sleep… where on earth do you find time for everything?
There are so many training plans out there that may have you run 3 days / week, some want you to run 6 days / week. I would suggest not paying more than $10 for a plan, but if you need the minute-by-minute structure like myself, putting some serious time and investment into a plan may be an excellent idea.
Remember, it’s not all about the running. A healthy diet (those late night ice cream runs will have to stop) and plenty of water balances well with your favorite strength & cardio workouts.
In case you’re looking for a race or two to sign up for, here’s a few I’m planning to do. Please comment below with any courses you’d recommend – might have to add those to the 2016 list!
1. Team Ortho Series
2. Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
3. Get In Gear
#WIO100 Day 1: Ran for 35 minutes, about 3 miles. Other than rolling my ankle, it was an extremely refreshing and lovely run through the woods. Ready for another run tomorrow with my runner-friend, Sam! #GetAfterIt