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Half-Marathon Training Update!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My first half-marathon is one month from today! My training has been going pretty well... I've had the "normal" aches and pains that come with training... But I am pushing through it. Motrin and ice have become my best friends, lol! It's funny how one area heals then another sore area pops up emoticon .

I did my first 10 mile run the other day. It was pretty tough. I had a few things "going against me" but didn't let them stop me. My left IT band was really tight at first, so I felt like I was running pretty SLOW... it finally loosened up around mile 3.5. However, around mile 7 or 8 my hamstrings started to cramp up. The ligaments right behind my knees felt TIGHT and sore. They feel better now. I went home and took a cold bath then foam rolled for a little bit and that seemed to help! I wasn't sure if I was going to make it run group yesterday since I had ran 10 miles the day before and was also battling some sinus crud. But I ended up going and ran 2.25 miles and used it as a recovery run. My legs actually felt ok during the run, I was just so stuffed up from the cold.

Today was an off day so I did some yoga (Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior). I've been trying to do yoga at least once a week. I alternate between Bob Harper's DVD and Michelle Dozois' Bodyfit 360. I also tried hot yoga for the first time last week. It was pretty good, but with the drive there and back it took about 3 hours out of my day, so it's not something that I can do regularly. I think they said that the temperature was 103 (?). It felt hot, but you kind of get used to it. I made sure to drink a lot of water the day before and that morning since I had heard that those who didn't felt like they were going to pass out. I ordered Bob Harper's newest "Skinny Rules" yoga DVD- looking forward to trying that!

My husband and I signed up to do a 25K (15.5 miles) a month after the 1/2 marathon. I'm questioning my sanity now of signing up, but I'm sure it will be ok emoticon . We are actually going to have it be just the two of us. The kids will stay with his mom. As soon as they get on the bus we are going to head out of town and have a day of shopping and good food emoticon then the race will be the next day.
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  • RUNNERRACHEL

    You are doing a fantastic job! SO happy for you that you are doing this and pushing through and reaching your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    You are doing an awesome job and I'm proud of you! I am sorry to hear that you keep getting sore, muscles cramping up...I'm wondering if there is something that can be done...all the stretching, yoga, foam rolling is great. You are doing all the right stuff. Are you taking any days off from working out? Also, I'm wondering if nutrition might help the cramping. I'm sure you are getting enough bananas/potassium, which is supposed to help muscle cramping...

    15.5 miles you can do it! You have to be a little crazy to run those distances, right? emoticon

    Keep up the great work! I know you will feel so accomplished when you cross that finish line!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2087 days ago
  • no profile photo ANDERSYANIKE
    Running the half will be over before you know it. Enjoy the scenery!
    2094 days ago
  • ACROFIT
    I remember my first half-marathon-it was my best one! You just can't beat the adrenaline and natural high that get you through the race. It sounds like you are putting your time in-it will pay off!! Way to go! emoticon
    2094 days ago
  • LIFEISPURRFECT
    Great job on the training. Really listen to your body, though when it comes to the IT and hamstring areas. With just a month to go, don't push to hard. You've done the 10 miles, 13.1 miles will be attainable. emoticon
    2096 days ago
  • CINDYAST
    You're doing amazing! My daughter runs marathons and loves (at times hates! lol) her foam roller. Keep up the great work!
    2096 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Sounds like you're doing well. Blessings to you on setting such a great example for your kids.
    2096 days ago
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