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Half Marathon Monday: Drinking the Kool-Aid

Every other Monday (through April 27) will be Half Marathon Monday on the blog. I’ll update you on how my training has been going and what my plan is for the upcoming week. I also welcome suggestions from seasoned experts, since I’m still very much a newbie.

The cold clears your head. RUN.
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Miles Run in January: 26 down (54 to reach my goal)

How It’s Been Going

Until yesterday, the only time I had run outside this month was on January 1. The frigid temperatures and unpredictable precipitation (snow, sleet, and rain) were enough to keep me inside on the dreadmill or taking extra cross training classes. While I was getting in some valuable speed work, running on the treadmill was starting to burn me out. Yesterday, everything changed. I think I’ve officially fallen in love with running.

I ran the outer loop of Central Park (6 miles) plus one extra mile. My new longest distance is 7 miles, which makes me beam with pride. When you’re a new runner, it’s a great strategy to take a few walking breaks throughout your run to keep your endurance up. Yesterday, I only took one 30-second walking break. I officially ran 7 miles, while staying on pace. Cue happy dance. How did this breakthrough happen? First, on my Nike+ Running app, I used to have a reminder set that would tell me my distance and pace every minute. It was overkill. Yesterday, I changed that setting to update me every .25 miles, which allowed me to zone out and enjoy my run. I enjoyed the 45-degree weather, the blue sky, the throwback playlist, and the look of pure joy on other runners’ faces. It was as though we’d all been let out of dreadmill prison.

Don’t get me wrong, I still consider running to be a huge physical and mental challenge. But yesterday, I finally understood the allure of long-distance running. I think I’m starting to get drunk off the running Kool-Aid, and it’s making me appreciate my health more each day. Here’s to running half of a half marathon, and to 8 miles in the near future. Always trying to beat my best.

This Week’s Plan of Attack

Monday — Cardio Boxing @ Exceed Physical Culture
Tuesday — Team in Training Group Training Session
Wednesday — Signature Row @ CityRow
Thursday — Run at least 5 miles
Friday — Rest Day
Saturday — Team in Training Group Training Session
— Indoor Cycling @ CYC Fitness

My Newest Donors

Huge thank you to Gregg Bard, Josh Norris, Marget Hoffecker, and my Aunt Paula & Uncle Ross for donating to support my training in January. I would love if you donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help me reach my goal:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty @ Reach Your Peak

    Hey! Just found your blog and can’t wait to keep reading! I’m also a fitness blogger but in NJ. I have done 4 halfs, and 2 fulls, though I’m taking a break from the marathon until the 2015 NYC marathon. I would like to run a few halfs this year and get a personal best. Which half are you doing? If you’re following a training plan you will do great! Isn’t it a great feeling when you run the longest distance you’ve done AND feel good afterwards? Keep up the good work!

    January 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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