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Stuck in a rut with your running? Sometimes it feels like you are constantly training yet never getting any faster. You’re running regularly and keeping on track with your weekly mileage goals, but are you training at the correct intensity and incorporating the right recovery into your plan?
We are all well aware that daily physical activity is important for our health, but sometimes we don’t always take the necessary steps to fit exercise into our busy lives. What if I told you that if you utilized just 15 minutes of down time, you could fit in a great workout? Well, it’s true! Sometimes our lives are so hectic that even thinking about carving an hour out of our day to exercise puts us in a panic. One hour usually leads to an hour and a half because of stretching, freshening up, etc. By fitting the actual workout into 15 minutes, you can be back to your routine in no time!
Things get real when you’re training for a marathon. Like, really real. You often spend long hours on the road or trail, just you and your lonesome. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a training partner, you can go a bit crazy out there! Normally what happens on the road, stays on the road, but today I’m taking you through a real-life account of the weird thoughts that go through my head when I’m on a training run.
Running a marathon is an amazing goal and an even more amazing accomplishment. It’s that task that sits on people’s bucket list for years, always taking a back seat to other goals. After all, it is a rather intimidating task that requires a lot of dedication, will-power, and time. BUUUUT, let’s make this the year that you put running a marathon on the top of your list! Take that leap and go for it! I know you can do it!
SPRING! It’s right around the corner! You know what that means? It means it’s time to bust out those running shoes and get your heart pumping as you train to reach this year’s goals. What are your goals this year? Is this the year you run your first half marathon?? Are you aiming for finishing in under 2 hours?! Well if so, then continue reading because I’m about to take you through tips for race day success, the health benefits you will reap from incorporating running into your health and wellness routine, and a training program to get you off the couch and out the door! I not only ran cross country and track in high school, but I’ve also ran races from 5 miles all the way up to 26.2, with my first attempt at the ultra distance 50K coming this summer! (Hopefully! -Stay tuned for that!) I’ve been there; I’ve mastered my nutritional needs to keep my energy levels up, and I’ve figured out the training technique to reach my weekly goals while staying injury free! Now I’m here to help YOU reach your goals and keep you healthy in the process. Ready for this? You can do this. No, we can do this!
Training for a race is a HUGE deal. You are setting a goal for yourself and working your butt off to obtain that goal! The half marathon is usually the most popular race on peoples bucket lists. Why is that? Because it provides a good challenge after the 5k, but it’s not quite as insane as the full marathon. It’s just the perfect amount of crazy, in a good way of course! 🙂 But, you don’t want to just finish your first half marathon… You want to DOMINATE it. You want to complete that half in under 2 hours! What a goal! And you know what? I know you can do it!
With the winter months in full swing, it’s easy to feel cooped up and lethargic when stuck in the office all day. When it’s dark when you leave for work and dark when you get home, it can be draining on your motivation to work out. If you don’t have the option of going to the gym or a workout class, that basically leaves you to fend for yourself on how to get that daily burn in.
It’s suggested that you should get at least a half hour of physical activity in every day, more if you are looking to lose weight. At the minumum, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity 5 days of the week or shorter bursts if you are doing vigorous activity. This means doing enough to increase your heart rate and labor your breathing. If you are one of the millions of people on the Fitbit craze, setting a goal for yourself of at least 10,000 steps a day is a good start. However, if you are relatively sedentary at the moment, any increase in your daily physical activity should have a small benefit on your overall health.