I am stoked to share that I will be running my second half marathon in May sponsored by Vacation Races! While training for my half marathon last October I followed a running plan to work up to that crazy 13.1 miles but found it wasn’t right more my schedule and it was a difficult journey. Running should be enjoyable and fun or you won’t want to do it.
We all have tight schedules and busy lives so it is difficult to find time to train for races and events. This go around, I decided to make a fun and easy to follow schedule that worked best for me and my busy life and I hope you find it useful for you too! This download is intended to be modified to fit your needs and time allowances. This is especially true when it comes to cross training. I work at Pure Barre and found that it is one of the best and fastest ways to strengthen my core and stabilizing muscles. I love to cross train with cycle and yoga for low impact cardio and the all important stretching! Also make sure you give yourself a rest day even if it isn’t on Sundays.
I have added a few special days (in pink) on the calendar to help you stay motivated for training and here is a little explanation of each…
PURE BARRE – if you haven’t caught onto barre fever yet now is a great time to try it out. It is an amazing workout for all ages and sizes and I promise you won’t leave disappointed and it will really improve your running game.
2 MILES – by week 3 you may start to feel tired and running is starting to lose it’s glitz and appeal. Grab your friend, significant other, or even you dog for a quick 2 mile run and see how much more motivated you are with someone by your side. This is great for those long weekend runs as well!
CYCLE & FLOW YOGA – this is one of my favorite workout combinations and I always leave refreshed after this mind and body stress reliever. Try it and let me know what you think.
RUN a 5K – early at the start of your training find a short race you are interested in and sign up! This will help you learn to prepare for a race day and get some of your jitters out.
PICK YOUR PLAYLIST – this is a huge motivator during those roughly 2 hours of running. Picking fun music with a hard hitting beat can really help you stay focused and enjoy your half marathon.
MIX IT UP – step out of your comfort zone this week and mix up your cross training day. Zumba, TRX, Tabata? Never heard of one? Then sign up today and try it! You might just love what you find.
RACE DAY- get everything together the 2 days before (not the night before) have all of your gear set and ready to go as well as you fuel and meals you plan to eat the day before and the morning of the race. You don’t need the extra stress of missing something important hours before the gun goes off. Remember you are ready for this and the road judges no one!
*Check out #csmithrun to see our running adventures and 10 Tips to Running a Half Marathon! Have a happy healthy start to your week 🙂