half marathon

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1 week

Published October 1, 2012 by Becca

Today marks 1 week until my first half marathon. 13.1 miles!! I’m getting nervous. Mostly because I know my training was subpar and I slacked off the past week. Who slacks off 2 weeks before their race?!

I have no idea if there will be consequences for this. I haven’t run in over a week.

I guess the bad news at work took the wind out of my sails. (I didn’t get the promotion I wanted to head pastry chef. Instead, they brought back the old pastry chef that left when I started. Cause he needed a job. So messed up.) That and things with my ex clogging my head.

Sigh.

I know. I was supposed to be moving on from that. But it’s just so hard to just walk away cleanly. We took like a 6 week break and things started up again, and they’ve been mostly good. Our attitudes are different. We’ve been making changes. But he’s still not committing to anything. So I’m still in limbo.

And twice I let texting him ruin my runs last week. Including my long run. I can’t wait until I get my Garmin and I can just leave my phone at home.

That’s my good news at least. My parents are so proud of me for my running and doing the race, they generously offered to get me a GPS watch. I picked out Garmin’s new 10 watch. It’s super basic- how far and how fast. That’s all I really need. And it has an interval timer too which I also wanted. And I got it in pink. It’s perfect! It’s exactly what I need. I think it’s a perfect first watch. And if in a few years I feel like I need something more advanced, well, then that’s still possible. It’s gonna be a few weeks until I get it though because its back ordered. But no rush.

It’ll be nice to use at my running class. I signed up for this class through NYRR that’s only $100 for 10 classes which is a steal in NYC. Lol. It’s to work on my speed. Because that’s my focus for once the race is over. I’d like to do the Brooklyn half next year in the Spring, but I’m not planning on doing anything over a 10k until then. So I’m gonna focus on running for fun and speed only and losing weight to help that.

Speaking of weight, according to my home scale, I’m down to 224.8 today. Which I’m happy I see. I’ve been holding steady in the 225-229 range all summer, so this week I set a goal to see 224 on at least my home scale. (I was 227 this Friday at WW but it was my first week wearing jeans and they were also wet from the rain, so I have high hopes for the next weigh in now that I’ve set the “jean” standard. )

Hopefully this is the week I make my 10%! 24 pounds is my 10%. And then hopefully next week I can celebrate my 25 pound mark! How exciting would that be??

We started an 8 weeks until Thanksgiving challenge. I’m scared to make a weight goal because I don’t want to be disappointed. So I’m thinking of habits I can implement instead that will automatically help with the weight loss.

I’m thinking of having a goal of tracking for 8 weeks solid. It’s already my goal to track every day this week (as that’s the focus for week 1 anyways). And I lose when I track. So yeah.

I’d like to think of a new fitness goal too. Now that I don’t have to worry about 2 hours runs and sticking to a training schedule, I think it’ll be easier mentally for me to lace up 3 times a week. And I can do whatever I want now. 20 minutes or 5 miles. Fast or slow. I’m looking forward to that. And maybe a speed goal? I’ll have to set a bench mark to see where I need to grow from. I know I’m about a 14-14:30 min/mile. I can go faster, but its hard to sustain. So maybe start with running a mile at medium hard intensity. Which should be about 13 min for that mile. I ran the first 5 miles of my 10 mile race at 13 min miles. So it’s possible.

So 8 weeks- tracking, running 3 times a week, and cross training once a week. Whether its yoga or a work out DVD.

I hope with these changes I can see about an 8 pound loss. But as long as I lose anything, and not gain, I’ll consider it a win.

Ahh 1 week!! I kinda can’t wait. Even though its gonna be hard. Races are fun. And I bring my A game at least. And I got to practice my routine at the 10 mile race the other week. I’ll take some melatonin around 9pm, eat my breakfast around 6am (Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a roll). Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I’m thinking of leaving the water bottle behind because I had no issue getting beverages at the race. And just wearing something for my energy. Unfortunately those cliff blocks take up a lot of space. And I want my phone for GPS and music. Mom and Larry are gonna make it there at some point. I told them they don’t need to be there at the start. I’ll be running for 3 hours so they have time. Omg 3 hours. Phew. I hope I don’t walk the last 3 miles. Or get picked up and driven to the finish line. That’s my only time goal.

Half Mary Training

Published June 22, 2012 by Becca

So I’ve decided on this half marathon training plan. It kind of caters to busy people so it’s only 3 days a week of running which is perfect for me with my weird work schedule. I think that if I can run a 4th day, I’ll do speed work. I’m pretty sure there’s a track in my neighborhood.  This plan is great- they made a handy Excel document where I just put in the date of the race and it calculates each week of training.  And I can just easily move each day based on my work schedule.  My long runs will have to be on my days off, not weekends, for instance.  And according to the schedule, I started this week!  Apparently I can’t count weeks on calenders myself because I thought it would start next week, haha. It’s ok.  I did one run, I’ll do a long run tomorrow (it’ll be cooler!), and another run this weekend.

I’m not too concerned with my weight loss efforts during this.  The weekly runs are no more than 5 miles, and that’s towards the end, and that really doesn’t require a lot of extra fueling.  On my long run days once I’m over 5 miles, I may eat a little bit extra the night before/day of to help keep my energy up.  Probably no more than the activity points that I’ll burn on that run.  It’ll be some trial and error as my mileage increases.

Speaking of weight loss- I weighed in this week at 231!  Down 2.4 pounds!  I’d like to credit that to doubling up on my runs.  And resuming tracking. (4 days in a row!)  I’m so stoked.  I think by race day, I could be sub-200. OMG.  Sub-200.  That felt so far away 17.6 pounds ago.  It’s amazing what 17 measly pounds can do!

I can’t believe how good and easy this has been feeling.  I think it’s because I’ve always known what it is I should do.  I just didn’t care enough.  And now I care.  I hate to say it, but I really think being single is what pushed me to do this.  Not just because I’m back dating and I want to have my pick of guys, instead of just being able to choose from guys who are attracted to big girls.  But also because I’m enjoying doing something nice for myself.  I’m running- which I LOVE.  I’m trying to eat good, healthy food.  The kind I enjoy.  I’m just cooking for myself so I can afford scallops.  I can afford to make exactly what I want to eat.

My ex was NOT the pinacle of health.  He smoke a pack and a half a day, ate fast food most days, and zero exercise.  He was supportive of me whenever I would try to get healthy, but he wasn’t interested in living a healthy lifestyle with me, and it would just never work.  It felt like I was swimming upstream.  No wonder nothing every stuck when I was with him.  The next guy I commit to has to be interested in being healthy. He doesn’t have to run marathons.  Or even run.  But he has to want to be physically active.  He has to want to eat vegetables voluntarily.  And I’m not negotiating on the smoking thing again.  That is a deal-breaker.  I cannot live with another smoker ever again.  It was torture, honestly.

But anyways… I’m really excited about how this is going and taking on half marathon training.  I feel really devoted and committed to this like no other time before.

This week at Weight Watchers was “Eat What You Love.”  I LOVE this philosophy.  I live by it.  I always have.  It was what I said to myself when I started Weight Watchers. Because it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.  There are compromises I won’t make.  Based on what I like, and what I know as a chef.  I will NEVER drink skim milk.  Ever.  Ever. Ever.  I had that forced on me as a kid and always hated it.  And based on various reading’s I’ve done (Michael Pollan for example), dairy fat is GOOD for you.  So good for you.  And fat-free dairy is somewhat unnatural (I’ll find quotes to back this up another day).  It’s also gross.  I got fat-free sour cream the other day to “be good” and was shocked at how disgusting it was.  Never again.  On the other hand, I find fat free yogurt to be quite tasty, so I do eat that- because it’s not a compromise!

Tomorrow is long run day since I ended up being off from work, and the temperature is going back down a little to 80.  I may also pop in to another WW meeting to see my favorite leader.  I liked today’s leader too though.  I want to sample them all, haha.

1st Half Marathon!!!

Published June 19, 2012 by Becca

 

With my running back on track, and feeling great, I decided to sign up for the half marathon I had picked out-  The Diva Half Marathon.  And just in time too!  It’s about 18 weeks out and that’s the amount of time I’d want to have to properly train.  I’m prepared to run/walk the race and I think I could finish in maybe 2.5 hours.  But that’s a total guess because I don’t know what my pace and fitness level will ultimately be in October.  Ultimately I just want to finish, and within the course limits (3.5 hours).  I’m gonna start looking at some 16 week programs (if there are any, or modify a 12 week program).  I’m kind of liking this one.

I’m so, so excited!