18 Week Training Program - Initiated!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

So I'm working through my hunger issues. Stupid cycle is out of whack once again so that may have a lot to do with the hunger for a few days. I feel a bit more in control these days and that's good. That being said, my food goals have focused more on:

1 - Making good choice (ie: high protein foods)
2 - Drinking more liquids in between meals
3 - Eating more at home vs. eating out (helps with a cook in the house to help!)
4 - Asking "Am I really hungry?" and if the answer is yes, eating

I started an 18-week half-marathon training program this week. It's a bit more of an advanced program since I was already up to a 4 mile run before my 2 week break, but I still want to take it slow and steady. My first goal half is in September - the USAF Half Marathon in Dayton, OH - and I have about 20-ish weeks until then. Given the two weeks I'll likely be out of regular schedule while in Europe (I want to fit in a few runs but I have no idea what the schedule will allow -- there will be PLENTY of walking, that's for sure!), I think I can come back, repeat a week and get right back in if I do it right. I'm not going for time in this one, just completion. The actual goal is to be ready to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February without falling apart, so I'm really focused on that goal - if I need to change my plans from the half to the 10k in September, I'm prepared to do that.

Things at home have been good...really good, actually... which gives me a ton of anxiety. Boyfriend is all settled in and we're finding our rhythm here at home. My oldest son is being kind and respectful and about to finish high school (hold your breath and cross your fingers!). My youngest son just got a job and was awarded a scholarship to work with the state's symphony. Other than the crunch on finances right now, things are going really well, which I'm very much not used to and I'm actually terrified that it's TOO good. Trying to not think that way and just enjoy the blessings we have right now.

Yesterday's training called for a 3 mile run. Unfortunately it's been raining like crazy and I didn't feel like having a cold, soaked run, so I braved the treadmill at the gym. I HATE running on those things! I feel like it doesn't allow me to set my own stride and let my body lead the way, but I'm starting to think the challenge is actually good. I pushed myself on speed for a couple bursts, just to show my body what was possible. Again, the goal was to finish, and I did that, so I'm not mad about any of it.

Today is XT/ST day, and I plan on working some ab work in since I only hit some arm/shoulder work last night at the gym. I may do some squats too, though I'm trying to be very careful to lead the balance of gaining leg muscle but not overworking them so I can still get my runs in.

Three more run days this week and then week 1 will be complete. Wish me luck!!
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    Even though I don't know you, it's really nice to read about all the good things going on in your life. It inspires the rest of us. emoticon emoticon
    997 days ago
    Sounds like a level-headed, well thought out plan. Good luck!
    999 days ago
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    So wonderful!

    I love the challenge of training for a 1/2 marathon. It keeps me in check and helps me with exercise, because I really dislike it! I think you will do amazing!

    Don't let you brain convince you that things are "too good", you deserve the best of everything, don't you ever forget that!

    999 days ago
    Wishing you blessings!!
    999 days ago
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