Week 9 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week I didn’t do so great, but I didn’t totally suck either. I ended up running 3 days just not the total mileage I was aiming for, ended up with 12km, with 16km scheduled for tomorrow. I tried a cross fitness training class on Tuesday – it was a HIIT workout and it totally worked muscles I never realized I had. I am hoping to add this at least once a week going forward. I didn’t get round to RPM or Bodypump this week but that’s not really a biggie for me, what bums me out is my lack of improvement on my running.

Lately I have not really been enjoying my training to be honest with you. I kinda feel like I am over it really, I cant really be over it because I am committed to running the 21km but I dunno how much running I am going to be doing, lately its been a lot of walk/running. Truthfully it feels like this is the most I have walked my entire running career (ok so career is a big word for one year but you get my point).


I really feel I am capable of more. So I am trying to keep myself motivated, keep my eye on my first half marathon prize.

This week I will be doing the following work outs:

Monday: 5km run; Bodypump
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Cross Fitness Class; 12km Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 16km Run

What is your plan for this week? How do you keep yourself motivated? Are you enjoying your runs?


Week 8 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week flew past, no seriously!? Can you believe we are coming to the end of August?

I have a few things to recap on, in terms of my training, I ran all my runs this week (total of 40km) but didn’t make it to Bodypump on Monday. I am super chuffed at all the running I did though!

be a better runnerToday is also my last of the #21daysnocheats challenge. True to my honesty on this blog… I bombed this week at the #21daysnocheats challenge. I had dessert two nights this week. So I made it up to 16days without a cheat. I think what this challenge showed was that I have A LOT of sugar cravings during the day, and that when I cut out sugar I have learnt to eat better, healthier options to curb my cravings. I gave in and had pudding when we went out for dinner at a friends place twice this week. I have no regrets about it these 2 cheats. I had a healthy few days (19 days in total) and I enjoyed my little cheats too.

Right so going into week 9 of my training, what do I have planned:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5km run; Functional Training Teaser at work; RPM
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 10km run; Bodypump
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 10km Wanderers run followed by 6km run to make it 16km on one day.

What is your plan for this week?

Week 7 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This past week my plan was to add more rest days, listen to my body and meet my goals. I am happy to say I did just that!

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I ran twice; Tuesday (6km) and Thursday (10km). Plus I did a RPM class as well as a Bodypump class too.

Over the weekend I was meant to run my slow long distance but I coughed the whole night on Friday and just wasn’t feeling up to it so I skipped the run and ran this morning (Monday) instead.

This week’s goals are:

  • Monday: 10km run and Bodypump class
  • Tuesday: Rest day
  • Wednesday: 8km run
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: 10km run
  • Saturday: 5km park run followed by 5km spruit run
  • Sunday: Rest day

A lot more running for this week, so I am slowing down on the other gym workouts to give my legs the rest they need. I am also minding my knee which seems to be playing up. But I am following the physios advice and sticking to the exercises!

What is your plan for the week? Any goals you are ready to smash??

How did the week’s goals go?

This week  was a good week!

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MONDAY: I went to gym, and did the super circuit, So super right? My calves ached for the rest of the week from all the stairs!
TUESDAY:I tried a new no starch recipe, Skinny Citrus Chicken – totally YUM!
WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday I posted about my YOU challenge; went for a morning run and evening walk – both added up to 4km. I have a 2km route that I am trying to time myself and improve my overall pace per KM, but I had sore calves and cramped half way. Meh, at least I did it right!? In the afternoon I took Jack for a walk/run for 2km’s… still had sore legs but it was nice to get out a bit with my pup. 🙂
THURSDAY: I went to my bodypump class on Thursday eve as planned. Made no bake Granola Bites – totally yum, and no refined sugar!
FRIDAY: was suppose to be a rest day 🙂 but we woke up early, couldn’t sleep, so we took Jack and ran the 2km route. I think some parts of the route I was holding Jack back, that pug can run!!

SATURDAY: Rob and I planned to run the 5km Delta parkrun. But I didn’t sleep well, coughing and ended up getting a massive headache, so we skipped the run. We went to Builders Warehouse and got all sorts of stuff for the house and my diy projects. Then we had lunch with Rob’s family and went to the civic center in town and watched an incredible show – a must see!
SUNDAY: Woke up at 5.30am and ran a massive 12km run, which was mostly hills, we ran all the up to Northcliff tower. We saw the sunrise and immediately made my weekend that much better!
Aside from laundry Sunday, we went for lunch and doggie meet up with Rob’s Family too, Jack just loves his cousin Max!

This week I kept up with my protein shake as a snack in the afternoons, before I work out, also drinking lots of water (atleast 4 x 750.ml bottles a day).

So all in all a good week! So how did your week go?

But Baby it’s cold outside!

So I am all set to run tomorrow. I just need to pick up my race number after work today. Got this text this morning:

IMG-20140606-WA0001But guys,  on a very serious note, its flipping freezing here today – it was minus 1 this morning! EEK! OK so I know my followers overseas are going “Is she for real, that ain’t cold sista!” But really most South Africans are not built for winter (including me). Our houses don’t have central heating, and well, we are just big sissies when it comes to cold weather because in most areas it doesn’t get THAT cold often, we are just spoilt I guess!

So the cold front is set to continue into the weekend (side note: why is it that its great weather for work during the week and crap on the weekend??). So this will make the start of my race VERY interesting. I will have to dress appropriately, but the problem comes in that when I start running I warm up quick; and half way through the race the sun will be shining and life will be happy again! How do you winter folk deal with running in the elements?

I saw this quote and realised that maybe I need to put my big girl panties on and get out there and RUN!