Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pre-Half-Marathon Training, Part 2

"How you do one thing is how you do everything." One of my yoga teachers used to remind me of this when I was going through training. It's been repeating in my mind lately, and I know it's because I haven't been focusing on my health and fitness goals. Do I want to be someone who puts minimal effort into her training, or do I seriously want to commit to my goals? My mileage hasn't been what it used to be, especially compared with last January and February, when I was running 80 to 90 miles a month in preparation for the Kentucky Derby marathon. Because I don't need to start marathon training until May or so, I haven't felt the need to ramp up my mileage yet. However, I finally start half-marathon training this week, so it's time to focus. I want to PR in my next half.  I had to say it out loud to realize if that's what I really want, I need to train to the best of my ability. I feel like I've reached the point where I have done distances I never thought I'd reach, yet my time hasn't really improved. So what am I going to do about it? Make a plan! I signed up for group training for my half. I made it a goal to go to more studio yoga classes. I am committing to going to at least two Orangetheory classes per week. What are you doing to reach your goals?

Last week's recap (Feb. 15-21):

Monday: No workout other than walking around New Orleans.
Tuesday: Orangetheory in New Orleans-Mid City, where I held plank for 3 minutes! The class was packed with 35 students, the most I have ever seen at a session. I was sore for days from those pikes with my feet in the TRX strap handles. Ouch.
Wednesday: No workout, because it was my birthday!
Thursday: 60 squats, which I did between work tasks. 
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: 1-hour vinyasa class in the studio. Our instructor did a fun experiment with six blocks per student for tripod headstand. Our heads didn't need to hold any weight! Instead, our shoulders rested on the blocks, which were set up with three on each side of our heads and against the wall. We used our core to lift our legs and tried not to touch the wall on the way up. It was a fun and much-needed yoga class. It inspired me to want to teach again soon.
Sunday: I had signed for Orangetheory, but when I logged on to the local studio's website to check the time, I realized it doesn't have a 1:15 class. What studio had I signed up for? One in New Jersey! I had already missed all the local studio's classes for the day, so I ran one mile outside in the 37-degree weather. That's all I could muster. I added some core work afterward. 

February mileage so far: 17.68.

Yoga minutes this week: 65.

What are you training for? What motivates you? Let me know in the comments!