Finally! A new fitness post. Recently, we’ve been extremely focused on food and might be slacking on some of our other specialities. Now that I am officially a NASM certified personal trainer, I’m taking it upon myself to bring our fitness and health section up to par. So, let’s begin.
One of my most recent endeavors has been to sign up for my first half marathon. This is something I never thought that I would do. Never in my life have I like running, I still don’t like running (but I appreciate it), hopefully one day I'll learn to love it. My running journey began at the beginning of this summer when I decided to randomly enter my first 5k fun run. Looking back on it now, I’m super embarrassed. My cardiac capacity was weak, my breathing was horrible, and I actually had to stop a couple of times. Now, after running a color run, a mud run, and my first 10k I am comfortably running 6 miles.
After signing up for this half marathon, I realized that I only had 8 weeks to jump from running 6.2 miles to running 13.1 miles. Immediately I turned to the internet, trying to find training programs for jumping from a 10k to a half marathon. Unfortunately, most of the training programs I’ve found are for 12 weeks or more. Instead of giving up, I compiled some information from the other programs I found and made a new 8 week training program.
When training for my first 10k my training schedule was a little different. All I did was increase my milage each week by 1 mile. This time, I realize that I can’t do that. At the end I would be running 10-13 miles a couple times a week and I don’t want to create a problem with my body due to pattern overload. That is why you see that every week is a little different. One week I sometimes drop my milage down on Tuesdays by one mile, and some are dropped down 2 or 3 miles. It is all in the effort to make sure that I am not injuring myself.
Are any of you starting to run? If so, what training programs do you use?