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Half-Marathon Training--Week 3

Friday, March 09, 2012

In January I blogged about a half-marathon training plan I had just begun. Unfortunately, I did not stick to the plan and so I'm now a bit behind the eight-ball but not too bad. Last week I took a couple of walk/jogs and felt pretty good given the fact that I haven't been disciplined with my exercise plan.

This week, which is the official "Week 3" of the plan, calls for me to do intervals of 2 min jogging/1 min walking for 2.5 miles, then 3.0 miles, then 5.0 miles. I've already done the 2.5 mile workout and today I will do the 3.0 mile workout. Depending on how I feel, I might do the 5 miles tomorrow otherwise I'll take a recovery walk tomorrow and then do the 5 miles Sunday.

In the meantime, I've also been out on the bike--well, mostly "in" on the bike as it's still a bit chilly in Minnesota. But I'm making good progress there as well and look forward to how this season will play out. Last year I peaked too early, this year I think I will peak precisely when I want to, in late July when I participate for the ninth time in The Ride Across Minnesota, a 5-day, 300-mile ride.

Thanks for reading, hope you all have a great day!

  
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BILL60 3/9/2012 9:31AM

    Sounds like you're on your way. Great to see you post. Hang tough, my friend.

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Long Day, Good Day

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well, I'm just finishing up a very long day. At the door at 6:30 a.m. and just finished up at 12:00 a.m. Wow, today was so long that it's now tomorrow! But it was a very good and fruitful day, and I'm grateful to God for it. Hope you had a good one, too!

  


Half-Marathon Training--Weeks 1-2

Thursday, January 12, 2012

One of my major goals for this year is to complete my first half-marathon. The farthest I've run, or rather jogged, to this point is 5k so this is quite a step up for me and thus I've altered a 12-week training plan I found on the web into an 18-week plan.

The first two weeks are walking only to prepare my body for the rigors of jogging and then running. So far I've done 6 walks of 30 minutes at 4.0 mph with two more to go. Then for the next two weeks I will do 2.5 minute walk/jog intervals for 30 minutes.

The plan I chose assumes one will walk/run rather than running the entire 13.1 miles and I think that's more realistic for me than attempting to run the whole way. One way or the other, I'm very excited to attempt this distance and can't wait to say, "Yep, been there, done that!"

Have a great day!

  


Rode my Road Bike Outside in Minnesota on Jan 10--Weird!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I can't believe this, but I actually rode my road bike for 22 miles on the roads of Minnesota yesterday. It was 50 degrees! Are you kidding me? And just to give me that extra giggle, as I came near to the end of the ride, I got passed by a guy on a motorcycle--people, it's January 10 in Minnesota!

Wow, weird winter, if you can call it that.

Hope you all have a great "winter" day!

  
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BILL60 1/12/2012 7:43AM

    Smile and take advantage of it.

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PLAYBLUES22 1/11/2012 2:12PM

    Sounds like you had a great workout and a splendid day emoticon

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MNNICE 1/11/2012 1:48PM

    And all good things must come to an end -- as todayit's snow, 19 degrees and 40 mph winds! When I was out walking yesterday a guy pulled into his driveway coming home from work - on his motorcycle. We've had some rough winters lately, so we deserve a mild one!

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GMINNIEP 1/11/2012 12:44PM

  wow that is the temp. in Las Vegas! unusual for your part of the woods

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Thoughts on my Plan

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I really don't have much more to say than what I've shared over the last several days except that I do feel the slight confusion of how to train for more than one sport at a time, given the limited time available. But I'll figure this out as so many others have.

For now, I plan to just work the plan and celebrate when the results come.

Hope you all have a great day!

  


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