Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How to Train for a Half Marathon: Training Schedule

How to Train for a Half Marathon
A Beginners Training Schedule

This is the second post about my half training. To view the first post go here.

I have ran four road races in my life, they were all 5Ks. My first one was brutal. I ran it in about 36:00 minutes and didn't train. I was so painfully sick from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) two days after I had to leave work. I went home and slept from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. Worst mistake I made: No training.

I feel I should give you all a little background on my fitness level. I have been very active as a child and have been exercising regularly since I was in 7th grade. I switched school districts when I went to High School (1990) and wanted to get to know people, so I joined Cross Country. I hated it. Oh boy, I hated every bit of it. And I wasn't good. I also ran track which was better, but still, wasn't my favorite.

I was also on the dance team since 7th grade through college, so I've done cross training, weights, strength, cardio, HIIT, kickboxing you name it, I exercise. I like to exercise, it's something I enjoy doing. But running? Ugh, you will hear me complain anytime I had to run. 

I've had numerous training plans in my day, and this time, I knew I needed a plan to get me to run 13.1 miles for a race.

So I did the best thing I could think of...I asked numerous friends who HAVE completed half marathons what plan they use, until I found the best one...my own. I took bits and pieces from each one and created my own plan and I'm excited to share that with you in the following weeks.

But here are some of the plans that I received:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to train for a Half Marathon: Beginners training

How to Train for a Half Marathon
A Beginners Guide to Race Training

Have you ever been asked to run a race with someone? It goes like this..."Hey, do you want to run this XX race with me? Come on, you can do it! Do it with me." And your immediate thought is..."If they THINK I CAN do this, I will do this." And you say "YES!"

Then fear sets in as you start to wonder, what did I just get myself into?
  • Crap, I don't like to run.
  • HOW am I going to do this.
  • I can't run that far.
  • Okay, I can do this, I need to find a training plan.
  • Where do I find a training plan?
  • Can I find a training plan that will be realistic?
  • Oh my God, what did I do? Can I do this?
  • Okay, I can do this.

Maybe that is what you have thought, maybe not, but that is what went through my head when I decided to run a half marathon. Something, I always, kinda wanted to do, but never really thought I truly could.

First, I think you should know, I am not an expert in half marathon training. This is my first time ever. But I thought that I could offer you my experience and everything that I have learned as I train for my first half marathon.

Some quick steps before you start to train.

1. Commit to a race:
If you commit to a race, you have a goal in mind. A date. A distance. A timeframe. This commitment will propel you in your training.

2. Believe in yourself:
Everyone will tell you, you can do it. Because you probably can, if you set your mind to it. If you believe in yourself and you have confidence in your training schedule you will get farther than you ever imagined. (see my post about confidence)

3. Find a training plan you can realistically follow:
Find something that works into your schedule. Something you know you can do. If you like cross training, find a plan that has cross training, if you like treadmill options, look for treadmill training. You have to find a training schedule that YOU LIKE to do. For me, I am using Beachbody On Demand. I personally love it because of the variety. I never get bored. If you think you might be interested in this option too, email me at: cyrenee76@gmail.com.

4. Be Consistent:
Stick to your training plan. Plain and simple. If you follow your plan as YOU set forth. You WILL reach your goals!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How to be More Confident: Three quick steps

Three quick steps how to be more confident.
Gaining personal growth and confidence in all situations.

I’ve thought about confidence because we all have situations where we lack confidence. Most of the time it is because I am worried about what others think of me. And let’s me honest I judge people and you do too, don’t you?

It’s time to be confident in your own skin. It’s who you are. And not only confident in your body, but in all situations wheather it is social, professional, parenting, etc.

Don’t make excuses. Just be you.

Be Authentic. Be the true you. Be Yourself.

I need this advice too!

All we should try to do is be better than we were yesterday, right?

I believe a great way to gain more confidence it to learn, always learn and grow. I wish we wouldn’t judge so much. I wish that I would find a way that I could be more confident in my own skin too. I am working on this and you can too!

Quick steps to gaining more confidence
Step 1:
Learn and grow. Listen to podcasts (see my suggestions below)

Step 2:
Write down your personal standards and stick to it!

Step 3:
Face your fears. Get out of your comfort zone and DO it!

Being judgmental is really a comparison to being “perfect”. But what is perfect? My version of perfect is probably different from your version of perfect.

I am sure you have seen that I have been exercising a lot and I still have imperfect areas.
I’m self-conscience of my very small chest.
I’m self-conscience of my stretch marked, what I consider, “grandma” tummy, even though I exercise. I know no one wants to see my tummy area, and nobody should want to.
I’m self-conscience of my thighs. I have a lot of cellulite, even though I workout and eat right. It’s very VERY hard to prevent or hide cellulite even with exercise, eating right and trying different creams.

BUT…it’s not only about confidence with body image.
I’m self-conscience of my personality
I’m self-conscience in social situations
I’m self-conscience if I say the right thing
I’m self-conscience about rejection

So, here I am. I am not perfect. I don’t claim to be perfect. But I will continue to gain more self-confidence. Heck, I’m doing it now. Getting out of my comfort zone and writing this very personal information about myself!

I’m gaining more self-confidence by being stronger, by fitting into clothes that I never dreamed of wearing because they fit better. And I FEEL better. I am gaining confidence with personal development and learning more about myself, my struggles, my strengths personally and professionally.

You can gain more confidence too. I don’t think that confidence is something that you are born with. Confidence is something you have to TEACH yourself, something you have to practice. Most of the time it requires you to get out of your comfort zone and do those things that you don’t like to do.

The more you put yourself in an uncomfortable situation, the more confident you will be in that setting. I challenge you to practice being uncomfortable.  What are your fears? Face one fear today. If you do, you are one step closer to gaining more confidence.


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