An Update on the Way to 13.1

Non-runners: Since today is all rah-rah about my half-marathon training, I completely forgive you if you find the whole affair to be uninteresting and tortuous.

The only thing you need to take-away is that today I went on my first outdoor run since October and it was absolutely GLORIOUS.  My body knew exactly what to do (yes, I was irrationally afraid that it wouldn’t) and a long winter worth of training DEFINITELY paid off.

It is love.

You’re dismissed.

For those still interested in my fitness-related ramblings, we continue.

When I was doing blog admin yesterday, I realized my first post in that vein included a little bit of totally justified rage at Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake for hiding her marathon weight gain from her readers.

As I was making breakfast this morning, I peeked over at my training schedule and realized that I only have one “big” long-run left before the race.  In two weeks, I’ll run 11-12 miles and declare myself ready-to-go.

So, in the Spirit Of Avoiding Hypocrisy At All Costs, I figured it was only fair for me to check in with all of you.

The nitty-gritty? My weight, for all practical purposes has stayed the same.  I’m rocking a ~3 lb  fluctuation between 152-155 lbs.  If anything, my legs are finally starting to “lean”-out, which I attribute to the speed training that I’ve been incorporating and the addition of an actual yoga session on Sundays.

My body and I?  Are in a great place right now.

The biggest change? I made the decision to balance my calories across the week and look at the “big picture” of calorie loss, rather than eating based on that day’s workout.    Cutting back on rest days was all right and good, but mostly it didn’t work and I was hungry.

So, no more of that.

Plus, balancing my calories across the week made it easier to meet the mini-healthy living goals I set for myself: saying no to seconds at dinner, easing up on the wine and lowering my chocolate consumption.

It’s not you Choceur, it’s me.

Even though my primary goal right now isn’t weight loss, I really wouldn’t be opposed to peeling off another 10 lbs before I run the marathon in October.  But I also have about six months to accomplish that goal and at the end of the day, I really don’t care what my race weight is.  I just want to finish injury-free.

On a related note, Lauren was actually exploring runners, calorie counting and weight gain last week so if you’re looking for another perspective, definitely check that out!

My Training Plan

Since I kind of shot into the dark as far as my training was concerned for my last half-marathon, I thought that this time it would probably be helpful to import some sort of method to the madness.  Especially since by the time I committed to the race, I knew I’d be working on a compressed schedule.

What I do…

AM: Yoga Abs (10 min)
PM: Intervals + Speed: Run 60 min @ challenging pace (4 min running, 1 min walking)
AM: Yoga Abs (10 min)
PM:Run 6 miles @ relaxed pace
AM: Yoga Abs (10 min)
PM: Intervals + Speed: Run 60 min @ challenging pace (4 min running, 1 min walking)
AM: Yoga Abs (10 min)
PM: Run 6 miles @ relaxed pace
AM: Yoga Abs (10 min)
AM: Long Run
AM: Yoga – 30-60 min session
Obviously it’s open to interpretation 😉  As far as speed training is concerned, it’s FAR easier for me to base it on “time elapsed” rather than distance, since I never set foot near a track.
Enter your daily 10 minute Ab PSA: If you’re looking for something to add into your healthy living routine, for love of all that is right and good, start doing 10 minutes of abs in the morning.  As far as I’m concerned, the reward you get from it (a strong core!  sweet abs!  a more defined waist!) is FAR larger than the amount of effort you actually have to put in.

To summarize: So far, so good!

Northerners, what have you been doing to enjoy the spring?

Seriously, being outside today for an entire hour was absolutely unreal.  Plus, for the past few days, I’ve been flinging the patio door open so that we can get some fresh air circulating ’round these parts.  I don’t care if I have to eat dinner wrapped in a blanket in order to make it happen.

Runners, how do you make the transition from treadmill to outdoor running?


11 responses to “An Update on the Way to 13.1

  1. Wish I was a runner so I could help you out, but I suck in that department. I’m proud of you for sticking with it though 🙂 I’m stoked to see how training pays off!! LOVE that you do so much ab work. I tend to do it in front of the tv. I get on the floor between commercials and hold plank for one commercial and do other moves during others 🙂

  2. God, I hate running on treadmills. I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say that I sincerely feel bad for anyone who is relegated to them in the winter 😦

    I think it’s great that you’ve found a balance with fueling for your runs. Considering the amount of weight I gained when I was training for a marathon, I pretty much used running long distances as an excuse to binge eat. I would not eat that much on rest days and overeat on long run days- you think it would even out, but not when you’re me 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear all about your race soon! You are going to rock it 🙂

  3. According to Nick and others, I’ve heard that upper body strength is way important for marathons, since you have to keep your body upright with the same kind of intensity that you’re running at. Push-ups, etc for the pecs, shoulders, etc. Maybe something to incorporate after the honeymoon? 😉

  4. Sounds like you are doing awesome with your training. I admit it’s hard to keep my food intake in check when my runs are markedly better when I have eaten more that day. It’s a really tough balance!

    I never really stop running outside, but it is nice to finally not be wearing 18 layers.

  5. I remember my days of gaining weight from running…I was hungry constantly! I couldn’t stop eating. So I’d run some more. And it became this vicious cycle for me. Until my knee made me stop running! And suddenly I ate like a normal person again and actually lost 10 pounds. C

  6. Sorry, I hit “post comment” too soon. Anyway…

    Now I do yoga and walk and run here and there and I’ve kept the weight off without thinking at all about calories. I miss running but I don’t miss my obsession with being hungry!!

  7. I’m not into running, but I think the whole eating while exercising thing is very interesting- I am so hungry on rest days, too- that I can’t cut back even though I think I should. What works best for me is just eating when I’m hungry!

  8. Funny you mention it, I’ve been trading off being cold for having fresh air circulating as well! Please Spring, don’t hold back on us now.

  9. Apparently, I lack the capacity to manage my life and I missed two of your most recent blog posts. TWO! Thanks for the shout-out about the give-a-way. Kristi loved your answer (suck-up!!!!) – but it was well-deserved and I’m jazzed to see it. Meanwhile – running – ugh, I’m still struggling. If not obvious from my recent tweets this week, my life is like a juggling act, only I have a ball, a knife, and a flaming club. Awesome, right? I don’t have any insight – only congratulations on your accomplishments. You really are an inspiration to me and I can’t wait for The Universe to decide we can be friends. Maybe once I put down two of the things I am juggling!!

  10. Not to be creepy, but your training plan sounds a lot like you might possibly be doing the Minnetonka half on May 1st? Just wondering because I’ll be in town running that one with Jess vL. It’d be fun to “run” into you 🙂
    I’m unfortunately transferring from road to treadmill… I cant seem to motivate myself to run on busy streets in 85 degrees and 100% humidity. I cant wait to get some MN weather. Otherwise, your training sounds like you are doing a lot more running than I ever did to train for a half. I’ve done 3 and a full so far, and I only run about 3 times a week. It will probably go quite well!

  11. You are a *machine*!! That’s a pretty rigorous schedule, but I like your open to interpretation attitude.

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