Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hopefully The Weather Will Change!

This is not the weather forecast you want to see for your very first half-marathon.


Only 8 days away now!

I'm sure the forecast will change before then.  .  .  . . 
hopefully for the better.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Half Marathon Training Update

Our first half marathon is getting sooooooo close now!    We are now less than two weeks away from our first "race".  

I feel like I haven't been training the way I need to.  Two weeks ago we missed our long day because of stuff going on and bad weather.  And I was missing my home workouts as well.  Last week, I didn't work out at home during the week.  But, I planted  bulbs and was sore from that!  Holy Moly.  I think I need to do better on my cross-training days, since I'm doing nothing on my cross-training days right now!  I could really use some strength training.

We did end up walking for our long day last week.  We wanted to do eleven miles last week, but because of weather we had to walk at the mall.

That's right. . . . .  not only do I have gray hair. . . . .  but NOW I'm a mall walker!  

We walked for about two hours, which should be similar to eight miles at the rate we usually walk.

This week we're going to try to do between eleven and thirteen miles.  Then we'll rest for the most part until the race.  That will give us nine days to recover before we do the 13.1 for real. 

I still get the cramps in the balls of my feet and toes.  I ordered metatarsal pads to see if that will help.  I should have them on Wednesday, so I'll be able to test them on our long walk this week.

Wish me luck!   Have you ever trained for a half marathon?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Half Marathon Training Update

We had it on our schedule this week to walk 8 miles.  Since it was supposed to be raining Friday morning, we switched our walk to today.  But, it was still cold and rainy this morning.   So we called it off.  

I was going to work out for two hours on my step. 
My step is how I work out on Mondays and Wednesdays usually.  On our training schedule, Mondays and Wednesdays at this point are usually a four mile walk.  We're at about a fifteen minute mile, so I figured working out nonstop on my step for an hour would be equivalent to walking four miles.  Plus, it works out different angles when I step off the front and off the sides than walking straight forward does.  It has to be strengthening more muscle groups than simple walking.

"Simple walking" is actually a funny term when you start to get into those longer distances though.
Once you go over a certain amount of miles, the walking is no longer "simple".  

At any rate, I only actually worked out on my step for an hour and a half instead of the full two hours I intended.   I'll work out again tomorrow.

For now, I need to clean this house and get some more stuff ready for this Halloween business.  There are still some things that I need to buy for our costumes.  

And stepping on a step for two hours is boring.

What was your workout today?