As most of you know, my first half marathon training plan didn’t go as expected. So this time, I’m making some changes. For the past month, I’ve been focusing on everything but running — I’ve been strengthening my legs in spinning, I’ve been doing core work in Zumba, and I’ve been taking plenty of rest days to let my body recover properly. I want my body to be healed and prepared when I start my plan. When I was training for my first half marathon, I really only ran and did yoga. My legs were too
sore injured to do anything else. This time, I’m taking some advice from my husband’s cousin, who has been a runner for most of his life: I’m going to strengthen my legs — especially my knees — with spin classes, and continue to weight train so my body stays strong. Running is hard on my joints, and balancing it with yoga just isn’t enough.
I have about two weeks until my 12 week training plan begins. In that time, I’m going to continue to build strength with spinning and weight training, have fun in Zumba, and run occasionally to build up a good base. After that, my official plan begins! Here’s what it will look like:
This time around, I don’t want to give up my Shift & Lift or Zumba classes. Shift & Lift is half spinning, half strength training, and it’s great for strengthening my bones and muscles while keeping up my endurance. Zumba is really just for fun, but my instructor recently became certified in Zumba Toning, and she’s started to incorporate it into our classes — it’s great ab and arm work! I will be running three days a week, taking one rest day (more if needed, of course), and on Wednesdays, I’ll do yoga, pilates, Barre3, or another Zumba or strength class, depending on how I’m feeling. Of course, I might find that I need to tweak this schedule a little once I get started, but I’m going to start with it and see how it goes!
One big challenge will be spring break. We’re going to Arizona for a week, right when the long runs get…really long. Jordan and I might have to find a nice place to run outside (if it’s not too hot), or we could be spending some time on hotel treadmills. We’ll see .
The last important part of my training plan is…foam rolling. While I’m watching my favorite TV shows at night, I will foam roll and stretch. I don’t foam roll or stretch nearly as much as I should, but I always feel better when I do it!
And with that, I’m going to kick off this morning with some kickboxing . Have a great day!
How often do you stretch/foam roll?
Do you have a training plan/workout schedule?