Half Marathon Training: Half Way Through

When I set my mind to something, and have a goal in place, I'm more likely to conquer it. Every year I make a bucket list for myself - of things I want to accomplish during that year. Twenty-five years of being alive and I just knew that I had to do something that would push me out of my comfort zone, and past the limits that I unconsciously set for myself. I didn't actually jump until this year, but I set the goal of wanting to complete a half marathon. Before I knew it, my friend shared her plans with me - she was going to sign up for a half marathon, and wanted me to join her. I registered before I had creeping, nagging thoughts of doubt and fear come into my mind. The race would be in October, and I would train hard for it. It may be one of the hardest things I ever have to do in my life, but I'm going to do it. 

Now I'm going to be honest with you, I've never run more than a 5K in my life, maybe 3.5 miles at most. And here I was thinking I could sign up for a half marathon - 13.1 miles! I immediately found a training plan by Self; I researched a ton, but ultimately knew that I didn't want to just run to train, I wanted to incorporate strength training, still keep up with my kickboxing, and run. Self's 12 week training program incorporates all of the above - long and short runs, tempo and pace runs, strength and cross training, yoga, and rest days. It has you working out for 6 days a week, and gives you one day of rest. While I follow the workouts, I don't follow the exact days, I tend to switch them around, and make sure my long run occurs on either a Tuesday or Wednesday - my days off from my full time job. I use strength training workouts that I have found on Pinterest, use Tone It Up workouts, and make sure I take kickboxing at least 1-2 times a week. 

Here's what a week of my training looks like:

  • Monday - 1 hour CKO Kickboxing class (cross training)
  • Tuesday - 7 mile run
  • Wednesday - 4 mile tempo run (1 mile jog, 2 mile run, 1 mile jog), Tone It Up Cardio Booty, + Foam Rolling
  • Thursday - Yoga
  • Friday - Speed Interval Training Run (Tone It Up - Spring into Summer Cardio)
  • Saturday - 4 mile run
  • Sunday - Rest

Training started off slow, with miles that I had already ran - 2, 3, even 4 miles wasn't too terrible. I alternated between running inside on the treadmill and outside around the block. I'm not a huge fan of the treadmill, unless it's for quick runs - intervals, or short runs. So when the miles increased, I found myself outside more and more. With the help of the schedule, and the end goal in mind, I have been able to workout more these past 7 weeks, than I have in awhile. These runs, and this training, has enabled me to focus on myself, even if it's just for a half hour, hour workout a day. That time is mine, and mine alone. 

It hasn't been easy by any means, but if you tell me it won't be worth it, you'd be completely wrong. I don't live with fear provoking thoughts, negativity, or mean self-inflicted feelings, instead I kick all those out, and believe in myself. It's going to be hard at first, to take your mind and your body somewhere they're not used to going, and your mind is going to want to crawl back to those negative thoughts and feelings, but you cannot let it. That's where those thoughts have made a home, and it's made you comfortable, because if you never push yourself to new levels, then you'll never get rejected, or fail, but how boring would that life be? If I didn't click that register button, I wouldn't have found out that I'm capable of so much more than I thought I was. If you look at a past blog post I wrote on an old blog, you'll read a post that says "I am not a runner" and how I came to terms with that, but guess what? I am a runner. I've pushed myself past that 3 mile mark, where I thought that's all I had in me to give, and I just got back from running 8 miles! 

Did I want to stop some days? Sure I did, and some days I altered my training schedule to give my body what it asked for - yoga or stretching, or even a day of rest. However, I did not give up. I kept my mind on the end goal, and imagined myself crossing that finish line. I may cry when I do it, overwhelmed with happiness, but I'm going to be damn proud that I didn't give up on myself and I kept going. I always tell all of my members who take my kickboxing class, to never give up. I'd rather them modify a move than completely stop and look around comparing themselves to everyone else who hasn't quit, and then wind up feeling bad for themselves. I want them to believe they can do it, and be proud after they accomplish something they couldn't do yesterday!

Do something that scares you, every day. Push that fear aside, and GO FOR IT!  

I will try and post another update after my half marathon training is complete, and then again after the race in October. If you want to follow my daily updates check out my Get Fit with Kristyn Facebook page, and my Intstagram - @kristynnicole1. If you have questions about your own training, and need advice, don't hesitate to shoot me an email through my contact page!