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Half Marathon Training – Week #2

February 27, 2015 | By

Half Marathon Training – Week #2

Training this week was tough! We have several conflicting sports schedules in my house, all of which impact my training. Ben has lacrosse. Laura has gymnastics. Chris bikes. (Loving mom plug: I’m so proud of Ben! He made the special team this year and is playing very well!) And a tennis group here San Francisco is getting a tennis ladder together from March to October. Making it all work can be tough.

But when I was getting ready to drop a workout (or two) this week, all of my peeps jumped up and said, “NO! Go run!” And I did. And there was definitely a bounce in my stride and a smile on my face knowing my family supports me in this challenge. My husband even added my workout calendar on his phone! How cool is that?

Being dedicated to training also takes me not giving in to that voice that says, “It’s okay, you’re tired.”, “Wow, you have a ton to do today. Maybe you should skip a workout.”, or “Missing one workout won’t kill your training program.” I have to pull out my reaffirmations, sit down for a minute (really just a minute), and tell myself that I want this. I don’t want any regrets. I tell myself that I can make the time because I have the support of my family and friends. They’ve already been chatting about where to cheer me on the route and a celebration after the event. So I guess I can’t let them down!

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are my training days. I run, do running drills for agility, and then do a full body weight workout. For the weights, I’ve stepped down one set of dumbells and am only doing one super set of three for a total of three super sets (arms/chest/back, legs/tush, and abs). Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday are recovery days. These days are so important because muscles grow and improve during recovery, not the workout. So I take recovery seriously. I take Sunday completely off. Monday is my tennis lesson. Wednesday, I take a gentle walk. Friday, I’ll take a super easy bike ride if I feel like it. So far this has worked well. I have not been sore (surprisingly), and I feel stronger with each workout.

Here’s my workout schedule for this past week:

Half Marathon Training Schedule

I’ve also been sticking to my meal plan, but I have not developed a chart for it. I also have not been charting the outcomes from my workouts and times. These are my goals for this coming week.

If you have any suggestions from your training experiences or insights, I’d love for you to share them with me.

Chris Covington | Editor in Chief | Red Letter Everyday eMagazine | 2-20-2015 | Disclaimer

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Chris Covington
The Editor-in-Chief of Red Letter Everyday On-line Magazine is Chris Covington. Chris is an analytical chemist with a love of fitness, healthy cooking, and all things beauty! As a lifelong runner and weight trainer, she incorporates exercise and healthy eating into her daily life. As a skin cancer patient she has a special inquisitiveness for skin health and a desire to share her experiences and knowledge with her readers. Outside of RLE, Chris an alumna of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and is a member of the Junior League. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. Chris enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, biking, and the amazing landscape of Northern California.

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