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Week 2 of my half Marathon training completed

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Well, I finished week 2 and it is nothing to brag about. I did that workout using the Nike Training Club app and my muscles hurt for two days afterwards, so I ended taking a rest day on my run day and then another rest day on the cross training day. I ran 5.11 miles today, just 1.11 miles over what was scheduled. Then I hauled in wood and shoveled the patio and deck for my cool down.

It was a gloomy day, but warm for the end of the year, 30 degrees, foggy and not much wind. I enjoyed my run. I guess that is what counts the most: enjoying the workout.

New Years tomorrow and hubby is doing a no junk food challenge for himself - I hope he sticks with it because that will make it so much easier for me to eat better.

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SPARKLELA 1/2/2012 3:48PM

    Kudos to you for running 5.11 miles. emoticon You'll totally fly through the 13.1 mile marathon.

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LIV2RIDE 1/1/2012 9:34AM

    It certainly is something to brag about. emoticon

I'm hoping some of that snow comes our way. We haven't even seen an inch yet and that is so unusual.

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MISSLISA1973 12/31/2011 9:50PM

    "Well, I finished week 2 and it is nothing to brag about."

Um, yes it is. Many people never finish day two. Rock on sister!

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CYNDI2012 12/31/2011 9:24PM

    I would love to eventually train for a half marathon too! Way to go, even if you don't do everything on it's scheduled day, you're still doing it! Good luck!

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Review: Nike Training Club App

Thursday, December 29, 2011

This is a free app on iTunes and so far, I think it is a great app. My hubby bought me an I Pod touch for the holiday and this is one of the apps as to why I wanted one. I think this is going to be a well used app for me.

So, far I have only done 1 routine: Get Toned: Beginner: Body Flexor. Oh boy, am I feeling it today. I did not think I worked out that hard at all. But, apparently, I must have because my muscles are screaming today.

Each routine is 30 or 45 minutes long and has different exercises lasting 1 or 2 minutes. Each exercise has written as well as video instructions. I realize now it would have been better to familiarize myself with each exercise first. I came across a couple exercises I was not familiar with and had to watch the video to see how it was done (the workout timer paused when I checked the video). After my workout, I went through the videos and realized I modified a couple exercises to an easier version. Considering the way I feel today, I do not think that is a bad thing. emoticon

I am thinking I am going to really like this app and will be using it on my cross training days. I especially like the variety of exercises and that each one was timed and the cues were helpful not annoying.

And did I say this is a FREE app! It is often said you get what you pay for, well, I think I got a great deal on this app.

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GEMSTONE1989 1/28/2012 4:35PM

    Hi! I did a SparkPeople search of 'Nike Training Club' and came upon this post. I, too, love the app! I've had it for a few months and really enjoy doing the workouts. I also love that I can listen to my music through it and the voice seamlessly comes through to instruct me. The only thing I'm still a little confused about is how to enter it into the SparkPeople fitness tracking. I've been entering it as 'Circuit training' but I think I'm going to have to get a HRM to more accurately calculate how many calories I'm burning.

Anyway, thanks for the post!

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JUGE300000 1/1/2012 9:39AM

    My wife and I use the app to keep track of our walks. Great!


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LIV2RIDE 12/29/2011 9:19AM

    What a nice gift! You can't beat free apps. I hope you find more that you enjoy.

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NANCYBOAT 12/29/2011 8:39AM

    Thanks for the info - will have to go check it out!

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Starting week 2 of my training for half marathon

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My run went well. I was feeling good and had to remind myself that I am using the run/walk technique and it took an effort to walk, but I am glad I did because I felt like I finished the run strong. I have a tendency to start out too fast and get tired and winded at the end of the workout.

The weather was 23 degrees and the wind was not too strong so it was a pleasant time outdoors. Tuesdays and Thursday are the days for the 45 minute run and I am going to compare my distance on the those days just to challenge myself and keep my motivation and focus. I have found that I need to have a set goal for my runs otherwise I have a tendency to get lazy on my runs.

I am still having mixed emotions about going the distance, but as I look at the training schedule, I am telling myself that it is a very doable plan (Jeff Galloway's Disney World's half marathon training program) and the high mileage week is followed by a recovery week. I am not sure where I will do my running on the long run because my normal running route has cornfield and the winter wind may be too cold for me. I am hoping the winter will be mild this year. Last year it was so snowy that I did not run much and worked out at home with dvd's.

I need to take one week at a time and stick with the schedule and eat well. I am eating way too much sugary foods and need to get those out of my diet. My husband and daughter are going to try to cut out the sugary fatty foods starting January 1st - I hope they stick with their plan because it will be so much easier for me if we all have a get healthy eating plan (translate that to "no more junk food")

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JENN03275 12/28/2011 5:49PM

    Great job on weeks 2! I agree with RAWORGANICVEGAN, your only as good as the fuel you put in. My husband for example, usually eats very well because that is all that I have around the house. However, with the holidays he ate a lot of garbage and hs runs have suffered for it.

I plan on starting to train for a half this year as well. Looking forward to it. I am starting at the gym tomorrow so I can continue running. Its getting too cold for me here to run outside.

Keep up the good work!!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/28/2011 5:39PM

    Ok dear...a little lecture! Eating crap is bad enough when you don't need anything out of your body except to sleep and scratch yourself and watch TV. But when you tax your body and expect it to perform at the top level it's suicidal. How would your car feel if you put sugar into it's gas tank and expected it to climb a mountain??? Think about it.

Do whatever it takes to get your diet clean! Green smoothies first and then a run. You will experience an amazing transformation.

Rant done!



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SEAJESS 12/28/2011 4:53PM

    Hi, I'm just starting my JG training for my first half today.

If you use or want to use Runkeeper and would like a virtual training buddy, please add me to your street team. I'm SeaJess there as well.

Sounds like you are off to an excellent start and I have NO DOUBT that you will make it. Keep your eyes on the path just in front of you and the finish line will appear on its own.

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BUCKEYEGAL 12/28/2011 10:27AM

    I'm right there with you...week 2! My race is May 5th...when is yours? That's great that your family is on board. Both of my daughters are very athletic and health conscious, and I think we are slowly influencing my husband to jump on the bandwagon! He always comments that he feels better when we eat better.

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MOM2ALEX2004 12/28/2011 9:49AM

    One week at a time is the best way. You'll do great!!

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MISSLISA1973 12/28/2011 8:00AM

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MASA0606 12/28/2011 5:35AM

    I'm excited to see how you do. I have been running 5k races and want to do 10s and eventually do a half marathon but don't even know where to start. I live in Minnesota and feel your pain about the cold and snow. You are inspirational!

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Week 1 of training completed

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Week one is finished! 15.4 miles with an average pace of 11:34 per mile. I am satisfied with my results. Although I was off by one day, my daughter was sick and I had to take care of my grandson so I missed a run day, but I just switched the days. It is early enough in the plan and so far I normally run more than what the plan is requiring so I am hoping it won't make much difference.

It was a good run, the weather was sunny and about 35 degrees. A light wind, but not too chilly. I do have a hard time running on the gravel roads, it seems they move under my feet so I need to use extra caution.

One week complete and 125 days to go. emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/26/2011 7:28AM

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This is wierd for me...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I did it! I registered for a half marathon to be run on April 28, 2012. It feels wierd for me, because of the distance - half marathon. Does this mean I am a runner?!

I have done several 5k this summer and was thinking of doing a 10k this spring, but saw this particular race and thought I'd go for it instead. I found a training schedule for the Disney half marathon using the Jeff Galloway's run/walk method; so I think it is doable for me because the mile increases are every other week.

I mapped out my favorite roads so I can plan my routes - Now all what I need is a mild winter emoticon

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JUGE300000 12/17/2011 11:30AM

    You can do it.


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HBOWATCH 12/15/2011 12:25PM

    That's great that you found a training schedule and mapped out your route.

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LIV2RIDE 12/14/2011 9:36PM

    Good for you!

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TRENTDREAMER 12/14/2011 12:15PM

    Congrats on registering. The 5K to 13.2 miles is a big jump, but you've got plenty of time to train for it.

You can totally do it!!!

Best of fortune to you on it!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/14/2011 9:06AM

    emoticon you can do it!

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QUEEN-EYDIE 12/14/2011 8:39AM

    How exciting!

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