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).

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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?

Worldless Wednesday {Link Up}

I loved the idea behind Wordless Wednesday, get the full details here. Often I think I ramble and talk too much. So this post will allow me to post a pic or image that speaks for itself. It will be based on what is going on in my life, how I am feeling etc.

http://runningwiththesunrise.comSo here goes, my first Wordless Wednesday:

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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??

Week 5 of 12 of Half Marathon Training

Another month has flown passed, can you believe it’s already August!?

Before I recap my July goals and chat about my goals for August, how did this weeks training go? Short answer – epic! 🙂

Monday: Bodypump class
Tuesday: 3km hills run, plus an indoor cycling class
Wednesday: rest day, but I bought my new shoes (new balance, strong promotion shoe – review on these to follow shortly)
Thursday: 10km hills run and Grit Plyo (intense HIIT class)
Friday: RPM Cycling class
Saturday: rest day ( got my hair done and chilled with the family in Durban!)
Sunday: 12km in Durban humidity… sometimes I impress myself! I didn’t run fast, check sometimes I just walked but I was still happy I got out there and did it!

Total of 25km running done, together with some strength and HIIT training. It was a good, productive week.
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How did July go?
Well I have run over 90km this month! That’s a record for sure! I increased my workouts and now have a very clear workout schedule and I am training 5 days a week, with 2 days training twice! I feel unstoppable!

I weighed myself and I have lost 3kgs and 11cm overall! So I am feeling and looking fabulous too!

I am sticking to eating healthy, some new changes to come this week, stay posted!

I did a girls night, had a braai and lots of get together with family, got to go down to Durban to see my lovely family, so I am feeling happy about all of that.

All in all it was a good month and I am feeling great! August I plan to maintain these goals and keep training so that I am ready for my first half.

What are your goals? New month new challenges?

Running Quiz {Link Up}

Today I am linking up with Hungry Runner Girl as well as Life with a Side of Coffee and taking the running quiz!
check-box i run1.  On average how many races do you run a year? 
Last year I started running, I entered almost a race every month from July last year – So I did a lot of running last year. This year my goal is to run my first half marathon, scheduled for 21st Sept. I have already run 4 x 10km races this year. I have 2 x 10km planned for August. After my half I am sure I will run a few more races this year. I love entering races because it helps me stay the course and keep to my running goals!
Last year's running medals2.  Head accessories, things you have to run with:  a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band? 
In winter I run with a head band and buff to keep my head and neck warm. I have to run in a tight ponytail because I hate getting my hair in my face. Other than that, I run Au Natural 🙂
3.  Where do your workouts come from?  A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day? 
I started my running life listening to advice from my boyfriend and friends who already ran. Now I am following the Runner’s World 12 week plan to my first 21km. I usually just run, no plan or coach – just whatever I feel like running but I must say I like the structure of a plan better, it helps me stick to my goals.
4.  How many KM’s on average do you put on a pair of shoes?  
Haven’t a clue, funny I mentioned this to my boyfriend just last week. Now that I have a Garmin I can better track the KM’s I get in with my shoes.
5.  Cell phone=  do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home? 
Lately I have been running with my phone but that’s because I blog 🙂 plus its winter so the jacket I have on fits my cellphone. Otherwise I don’t normally run with my phone.
6.  What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?
OK so my readers will know all about my calf pain etc, I recently found out I was wearing the wrong running shoes. But I have been doing physio and exercises and once I have the right shoes I will be on the road to running strong without pain!
7.  Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!? 
BOTH! I want to run faster but I am realistic in that it probably wont be the same day as my first 21km. I would like to get a good PB time for a 10km before the end of the year though.
8.  Speed work—->  at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it? 
I have added this to my training in the last month. I usually do my speed work on the road (lamp post to lamp post) because I don’t like the treadmill (aka deathmill).
9.  Stretching after a run:  hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching? 
Skip stretching mostly. Aside from the small exercises my physio has me doing, I generally don’t stretch. I know that’s bad, but that’s for another post.
10.  What was your reason(S) for starting to run?  
I started running last year because I wanted to take more control of my life. Its around the same time that this blog was started – I wanted to get fit, happy and healthy so one day I started running. And I really haven’t looked back. I love running, it helps me think and put things in my head into perspective. It helps with my mood and my feelings about myself too.
So who wants to link up and join the running quiz? What made you start running?

Setting up a Training Plan

As you guys know (and have heard TO DEATH!) I am training for my first ever half marathon.

leap of faithSo I am following a plan based on runners world 12 week program. But I thought I would share what else I am doing to get me fit to run this 21km!

I run 3 runs a week:

  • 1 x short fast pace – where I try run as fast as I can
  • 1 x medium time trial – where I try keep my pace the same as the pace I want to keep for my 21km
  • 1 x slow and steady run – where I just try finish it! LOL 🙂

I currently run in the mornings because its the best time of day to run for me personally (before my brain figures out what I am doing!) Also, the roads are quieter in the morning. My race will happen in the morning, so I am training in the right time frame for the actual race day. But with the longer distances I am having to get up earlier and earlier to try fit it in! EEK! So I may have to review and do some runs in the evenings or over lunch times.

8d144c6b6d1098d62a284e47c70dcad2I do at least 2 sessions a week of Weight Training (Les Mills BodyPump)

1f385e236db8e5d9635c46c2fae0947bI try do 2 sessions a week of HIIT cardio, that is not running. RPM is a indoor cylcing class and I really enjoy, its a variation to running, using my legs in a different way

I need 2 full rest days where I don’t think about working out and running and just recover/rest. I like taking one day during the week (Wednesday) and one on the weekend, so usually a Saturday, so I get a nice break.

So these are my goals for my training plan, so far its working out well… will keep you posted in my weekly recaps!

effortWhat training are you currently doing? Do you follow a plan or just wing it? What works for you?