One of my goals for 2012 is to get back into running. Running has not always been my favorite form of exercise, especially since I have the knees of a 90 year old, but I am convinced its the best form of exercise. As my senior year of college was wrapping up in April/May 2011 I found I had a lot of free time on my hands and the weather seemed to be extraordinary for that time of the year. So I took my spare time and hit the pavement. I was running about 3.5 miles a few times a week and was feeling great. I just loved being outside in the sun and getting in a great workout. Well needless to say, I fell off that bandwagon faster than you can imagine once I graduated. A full time job got in the way and with the warm weather starting to fade, so did my running career.
I've always wanted to run a half marathon. My dad ran the NYC Marathon three times when I was younger and it kind of inspired me. He ran his first at 40 years old and if he could do it at that age, why can't I do half that at 22? Today I went looking for a training plan, and this is what I found...
|1||Rest||2 mi||Rest||2.5 mi||Rest||3 mi||20-30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|2||Rest||2 miles||Rest||3 mi||CT or Rest||4 mi||20-30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|3||Rest||2.5 mi||CT||3 mi||Rest||5 mi||20-30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|4||Rest||3 mi||CT||4 mi||Rest||6 mi||20-30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|5||Rest||3 mi||CT||3 mi||Rest||7 mi||30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|6||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||Rest||8 mi||30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|7||Rest||4 mi||Rest||4 mi||CT||9 mi||30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|8||Rest||4 mi||CT||3 mi||Rest||10 mi||30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|9||Rest||5 mi||CT||4 mi||Rest||11 mi||Rest|
|10||30 min EZ run or cross-train||4 mi||Rest||3 mi||CT||12 mi||30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|11||Rest||CT||Rest||3 mi||CT||5 mi||30 min EZ run or cross-train|
|12||Rest||2 mi||20 minutes||Rest||20 minutes||Race Day!||Rest Day!|
Its been a while since I have really gone for a good run, so I don't intend on starting this on Monday. I'm going to give myself until March 1 to get back into the groove of running and then will hit this hard. I have already found the half that I want to run. Its the Fairfielf Half Marathon and its on June 24. That should give me ample time to train and complete this 12 week program!
Lately I have been having trouble getting myself to the gym so I am thinking what better way to motivate myself than some new sneakers and workout clothes?! I will definitely be hitting up the Nike store to get some new shorts and Asics for sneakers :)
Asics 2170 G-TX- I MUST HAVE THESE! Not only are they the model I usually wear, but they are hot pink and blue...my favorite colors!
My favorite running short ever- Nike Temp Short ($32). They come in so many colors its just too hard to choose one! My roommate from college said I was addicted to them haha
Wish me luck!