Alright, let’s talk fitness. I don’t really consider myself a “fitness guru” or a real athlete, which is why this is not a fitness blog (and I get bored with writing about fitness all the time). But I do like to share life things now and then, and I classify fitness as a life thing. Okay enough intro nonsense.
1. I love Best Body Bootcamp. Tina, the mastermind behind the program, never ceases to come up with fun, creative, and effective workout routines. I never get bored with the workouts, and just over halfway through the program I’m already feeling stronger, and looking more muscular. Now I just need to stop slacking on my planks and core work…
2. Let’s talk cardio. I love that the BBB program allows you some space for your own cardio workouts and training plans. Living in NYC, I walk a ton. Probably at least 2-3 miles per day. This makes me a pretty active person as far as the general public is concerned.
So I don’t feel the need to do cardio workouts every day. I use my walk to the gym as a warmup and cool down cardio. Or some days I won’t do any cardio, but I make sure not to be sedentary all day. It certainly helps that I’m incapable of sitting still for longer than like, 10 minutes.
3. Speaking of cardio, remember how I said I was determined to run a Half Marathon this spring? Well, I’m doing it.
Registration has been paid and submitted, I’m officially running the More/Fitness Women’s Half in Central Park! Any other runners out there doing this race?
I’m scared out of my mind, but so excited. Also, I should probably train some hills…
4. Training plan. I’ve never actually followed one for running. I’m not a running coach, I don’t have a running coach, but I like to think that I’ve read enough about safe training to know what not to do when training for a race.
So I spend some time on the internets looking for a 10 or 12 week half marathon training plan that I felt would suit me. My biggest criteria? Only 3 runs per week. I know that I need a rest day between running days, and that I run stronger with less overall mileage. After a bit of searching, I found a perfect plan from Women’s Health magazine online.
I plan to do strength training, yoga strength and possibly some light cardio on the elliptical or something (if I have time) as my cross training. I plan to *try* to do all the prescribed workouts (time trials, intervals, tempo runs), but if I’m not feeling it that day, feeling any pain, or pushing too hard, I’m just going to do the miles at an easy pace. Basically, I’m going to be smart about it, and not over train.
So excited, but so scared.
Any advice for a first time half-marathoner?
What are your favorite workouts these days? I’m always looking for new things to try!