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Marathon Training Playlist

Still can’t believe that I am even saying that…”Marathon Training”  – I am def. not 100% there mentally yet but I did a 6 mile run yesterday that felt great! I think my run jams helped me feel great and they did push me through some tough spots. Since I teach Group Fitness classes, my playlists are a pretty important part of my planning for classes. I do the same when it comes to my own workouts, running especially – I am driven by the beat of the music. I’ve caught myself singing out loud during training runs and even more embarrassing, during an actual 1/2 marathon with people all around me!

Here is my playlist for Marathon Training – for now at least. I tend to change it up frequently. I love it, including a variety of tempos makes me push my pace every once in awhile! 15 more weeks until the actual Marathon – I think I will be able to fully commit as my training progresses & I see how my body is doing.

Something funny to share: I found this while browsing some health/fitness websites and thought it was hilarious!

http://www.fitbie.com/2014/07/14/thoughts-every-woman-during-summer-runs

 

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Possibly Marathon Training

I say possibly because I am still not 100% committed to the idea of running that far…I always thought marathoners were a little bit crazy and could never see myself ever doing one! Here I am now, actually in a training plan to complete a FULL marathon! Holy Crap! I wanted to share my training plan and get some feedback on it. It is a 16 week plan, but as I said before I was pre-training for the actual training plan. I had to get my stamina up to comfortably run 3-4 miles without a problem – I am there now! The 16 week plan started this week, here is what it looks like:

Mondays – Run 3 – 10 miles (increasing miles every other week – so 2 weeks in a row I will run 3 miles, the next 2 weeks I will run 4 miles, and so on)

Tuesdays – Run 3 – 5 miles easy (mostly 3 or 4 mile runs, in month 3 – I run 5 miles)

Wednesdays – Cross Train: I teach cycling on Wednesdays so this is easy for me!

Thursdays – Pretty much the same at Tuesday but I may focus on increasing the speed a little

Fridays – Cross Train: I post a Workout of the Week for my members, they are modeled after Crossfit WOD’s and I modify them to match our group. They always include some form of cardio, mostly rowing. This will be my cross-training!

Saturday or Sunday – LONG RUN!!! Depending how I feel after doing a WOW on Fridays, I will choose which day is best for my long runs!

Week 1: 7 miles                  Week 9: 18 miles

Week 2: 5 miles                 Week 10: 12 miles

Week 3: 9 miles                 Week 11: 20 miles!!!

Week 4: 10 miles               Week 12: 18 miles

Week 5: 7 miles                 Week 13: Half Marathon

Week 6: 12 miles               Week 14: 22-24 miles -WHATTTTT!

Week 7: 10 miles               Week 15: Half Marathon

Week 8: 15 miles               Week 16: 8 miles

FINAL GOAL: RICHMOND MARATHON!!!

I get a little sketched out when I see miles longer than 13.1 – I am not so sure about this! I have read the race change policy and I do know that I can switch to the Half at anytime – I like knowing this fact. I do plan to train as if I will complete the Full but just knowing I have an option is a good thing! There are 2 half marathons in the training plan and I figured I would just time them around when I would have needed to do those miles anyway.

I know I just need to mentally commit myself and my body will follow but I am just not there yet..any tips on how to get there?

 

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The Gallon Baggie Method – my new & improved Food prep!

Since I decided 2 years ago that eating high protein – low carb was the best for me – I have been prepping my food ahead of time and storing it in a million Tupperware containers. The food prep process is essential if you are trying to eat healthy, make good food decisions, and it’s great for overall preparedness. I know personally, if I don’t prep my food and have it easily accessible – I get stressed out and end up making horrible food decisions. So basically food prep for me is a necessity and I feel a little bit stressed without it!

https://i0.wp.com/33.media.tumblr.com/217e4d54fee8ce143639a9b318b146bc/tumblr_mk87phKzP81ql5yr7o1_400.gifYes I am!

I mentioned in a earlier post that I started following MshellFitness on Instagram – she posted about her #gallonbaggiemethod for food prep and I can’t believe I had not thought of it already! I have done this method for the past 3 weeks and I absolutely love it – I know exactly what I have to eat every single day of the week and it’s all in 1 bag! No more tupperware! It’s also great to only bring my cooler in once a week, one less bag for the bag lady. MshellFitness features a calorie intake of somebody striving for competition (figure/bikini) I have tweaked it to match my goals and to stick with mostly high protein – low carb:

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Monday & Wednesday (high activity days):

  • 1 apple – I keep the PB at work
  • 1 chicken breast and a veggie (mostly creamed spinach, sugar snaps, or cauliflower)
  • 2 string cheese or a hunk of mozzarella cheese
  • Dark chocolate almonds
  • 1/2 of a sweet potato
  • 1 quest bar
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • Steak and a veggie (same as above)

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (lower activity days): all the same minus the sweet potato

  • 1 apple – I keep the PB at work
  • 1 chicken breast and a veggie (mostly creamed spinach, sugar snaps, or cauliflower)
  • 2 string cheese or a hunk of mozzarella cheese
  • Dark chocolate almonds
  • 1 quest bar
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • Steak and a veggie (same as above)

So far it’s been great and I have seen the scale finally respond as of last Friday!!

 

 

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