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Maravilloso Monday-Have I Gone Completely Nuts?

Submitted by on March 1, 2010 - 3:51 pm

I must have gone completely nuts because I have signed up to participate in the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon on Sunday, April 25th in Central Park. You may not understand why it’s such a big deal (and terrifying) for me. You see, I was raised as a dancer, not an athlete. Suffice to say that once in junior high school I was exempt from P.E. class because I danced so much. (Instead of P.E. we dancers went to study hall). As rigorous as my dance training was, (Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus and exams, Jazz, Modern, national dances, rehearsals and performances), it wasn’t a cardio workout, like a half marathon. I only had to attend P.E. once a year, to take the President’s Challenge (physical fitness test). And let me tell you, jogging the mile that I had to jog for the test was painful. That being said, here I go!

I started my training on Saturday morning. I found an 8 week training plan for a half marathon online. I am basically following that. So I will walk/jog/run 3x/week, do strength training 2x/week with Pilates and Restorative Yoga mixed in. On Saturday I:

Walked/Jogged 2.2 miles

In 31:31 minutes

and burned 193 calories

This morning I am off to the gym to workout with my strength trainer. stay tuned for more on my progress. Want to train with me? (My best friend, Deb, is giving me moral support by training in NYC, where she lives. Stay tuned for more on her progress, too).

Leave me comments below, if you want to cheer me on, or join in my training. Unfortunately, the race is full but you can still Click Here for more information.

This is the workout schedule that I am planning to follow:

(I found it on the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business website).

Beginner

Program

Week

Mon.

Tues.

Wed.

Thurs.

Fri.

Sat.

Sun.

1

Rest

2-mi EZ

30-min XT

2-mi EZ

Rest

30-min XT

4-mi LNG

2

Rest

2.5-mi EZ

30-min XT

2.5-mi EZ

Rest

35-min XT

5-mi LNG

3

Rest

3-mi EZ

30-min XT

3-mi EZ

Rest

40-min XT

6-mi LNG

4

Rest

3.5-mi EZ

30-min XT

3.5-mi EZ

Rest

45-min XT

7-mi LNG

5

Rest

4-mi EZ

30-min XT

4-mi EZ

Rest

50-min XT

8-mi LNG

6

Rest

4.5-mi EZ

30-min XT

4.5-mi EZ

Rest

55-min XT

9-mi LNG

7

Rest

5-mi EZ

30-min XT

5-mi EZ

Rest

60-min XT

10-mi LNG

8

Rest

2-mi EZ

Rest

2-mi EZ

Rest

Rest

Half-
Marathon

KEY

EZ
easy run

XT
cross-train

LNG
long run

SPD
speed-work

TMP
tempo run

PC
race pace

RC
race

2 Comments»

  • Anonymous says:
    March 2, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Thanks ladies. I am excited. Today I did my strength training at the gym. I work with ,y trainer, Morgan Bogad, at an all woman’s gym near my house. Today we did mostly weight equipment and some push ups. We worked my arms, chest, back, & glutes (bum). I also did some abs and stretched a lot. Stretching will be key during this training. Tomorrow I will aim for another 2-2.2 mile walk/jog. If it’s nice out I will do it outside, pushing my son in his jogger. That’ll be doubly tough, but great for both of us.

  • Anonymous says:
    April 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you ladies. Erin, I am so happy that my training has inspired you to work a little harder. Great! See you on the 24th.

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