Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Now that I have a school schedule and life is feeling a little more routine it’s time to start training. I have had a few emails and comments the past few weeks asking about what my training schedule is like. I am by no means an expert or professional runner but after 2 years of running and 7 races, 3 which were half marathons, I have learned a few tips.
The first year three friends and I decided to run the St. Jude Half. We got together and ran a few times a week and even signed up for Race for the Cure 5k about 6 weeks before the half. We finished and ran the whole half marathon; however, we did not really train so after the race we were all feeling a little less than 100%. I even ended up injurying my knee pretty bad and forced to wear a brace for 8 weeks and no physical activity.
I was hooked as soon as I started running so I did not want to stop just because I had not trained properly. During my doctor recommended time off I decided to read up on how to improve my training. The two books that helped me the most were “Marathoning for Mortals” by John Bingham and “Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners”.
As far as a training schedule for starters I would recommend two days of cross training with one rest day a week.Here is a quick glance of a schedule:
Tuesday-1 mi run (increase to 3 mi when your body can handle the increase and then hold steady at that milage)
Wednesday- 1 mi run (increase to 5 mi and alternate between 4 and 5 miles)
Thursday- Cross Training
Friday- 2 mi run
Saturday- Long run day (start off with 1 mile and increase by either half or a full mile depending on what your body tells you until you reach 11 miles if you are training for a half marathon. After you reach 11 miles you need a few weeks to taper off your milage before race day so you have some recovery time.)
Feel free to switch the days to ones that work best for you. Just make sure that you have a rest day after your long run day so your body can recover. My favorite cross training exercises that I have tried are spinning, step class, swimming and pure barre.
For more moderate or advanced runners try a schedule like this one:
Monday- Cross Training
Tuesday -2 mile run
Wednesday- Alternate between 5 and 6 miles
Thursday- Cross Training
Friday- Alternate between 3 and 4 miles
Saturday- Long run starting at 6 miles and increase to 11
I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about running!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday I went to see Casablanca, one of my all time favorite movies, at the Orpheum. I believe I have seen it there the last 6 years at least. Then we took a little trolley ride over to the Cheesecake Corner. If you are in Memphis and have not eaten there it is so good. Turn off you computer, leave where ever you are and go now!
Saturday Sarah and I went to a new country dancing club. After this past New Years in Dallas I love to be spun around the dance floor by a cowboy. We learned a few new dances and had a blast!
And last night I went to my sorority house to help the girls practice for Recruitment. They did a great job and I know they are going to get the best girls in a few weeks!
Now it's time for Junior League, Alpha Gam and school to start up! I love being busy but I might be a little overwhelmed in a week or so. But the best part of this semester is that my nephew will entering this world in 5 1/2 short weeks!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
1. That I have filled out my paperwork for Student Teaching!! I still need to meet with an advisor to clear me but then I will be ready for Spring Semester in the classroom.
2. Sarah is back from Texas and only 2 hours away ... at least for the next 8 weeks!
3. It's training time again!! Races are starting up soon and the St. Jude half is only 15 weeks away.
4. I have two weekends with no plans and I intend to do nothing. Starting Labor day weekend and going through December I am completely busy so I need to rest up.
5. Of course I am loving that in 7 weeks my nephew should be making his arrival!!
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