Tuesday, February 18, 2014

And the Training Officially Begins...

This past Sunday marked the official start of my 12 week training plan for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. The bad news is that I have to run 13.1 miles in less than 12 weeks. The good news? I'll be in NYC in less than 12 weeks. That's the thought that is going to get me through this training cycle, because I just can't get enough of that city... 

I feel like I'm finally getting back my base. I can finally run a 5K "comfortably" again at my old pace. But I can't help but feel like this training cycle will probably be harder than the last, as the "newness" of it all has certainly worn out. However, I now have the confidence of knowing that I can actually pull it off & even have a little bit of good sense as to how to do it. So I'm hoping that will balance it all out.

I am petrified that I'm going to get injured this time around. Last time, I was so naive & new to the sport that the thought never even crossed my mind. Now, I'm "slightly more seasoned" & am trying to play it safe. I even foam rolled yesterday. The whole time I was thinking, who am I? 

In order to combat injuries, I've come up with a plan - 4 miles on Tuesday & Thursday, plus my long run on Sunday. That leaves a rest day on Monday & cross training on the others. This is pretty in sync with the training plan I followed last time, except I'm actually going to listen this time & cross train instead of run. 

Another thing I'm doing differently? I'm adding in lifting & abs. I basically ignored these components of training last time. I got my runs in & that was about it. This time around, I'm adamant that I want to do it better - which means strength training & core work. According to everything I've read, this will make a huge difference in both my running & the overall functionality of my body. Let's hope they're right...

you have my sister to thank for this gem from Saturday morning...
Last change, I'm going to get outside more this time. I did almost all of my miles on the treadmill last time around. When it came time for me to run outside, I was in complete shock. My body definitely felt the difference & it wasn't pretty. So this time, I'm going to try to do all of my long runs outside. The only thing that might hold me back is the thick sheet of ice currently coating all sidewalks within a 100 mile radius, but I should be good to go for everything longer than 8 miles in my training - plus, I have a weekend in Florida coming up that will make for a great long run too! 

So yeah, I'm doing this again. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it, but I'm going for it & I'll be sure to keep you all posted! 

leaving the gym after 60 minutes of cardio yesterday morning


  1. You got this for sure. I'm still sad that the race is sold out!

  2. You got this girl! My half marathon is in 12 weeks too so I plan on starting my training program in the next week or so! We can keep each other accountable!

  3. Good luck!!! I'm new to your blog but I love to run too!! I ran my first half last November and it was awful. It was 39 degrees with a wind chill of 28! It was crazy! I hope to run another this year. We'll see if my body wants to cooperate.
    I LOVE your Nikes in the first pic. Super cute!! Do you mind me asking where you purchased them?