Running another Half Marathon!

I can’t believe it. I am going to run another half marathon. It’s on March 29! At first, I thought that I’d just run one half marathon a year. But, hey. Why not run 2 in a year? It’s going to be so much fun! My uncle will be running with me again! =)

We ran the 10 mile run, Urban Cow Half Marathon, and the 5k together so far. It’s about time I run with him in the first half marathon he ran last year. I was the one that pushed him to run his first half marathon. I was there, waiting for him at the finish line. I expect me and him to get a better time. My goal is not to beat 2 hours anymore. My goal is to just beat 2:10. His goal is to beat 2:25.

So, here’s my training plan.

 

half marathon training plan 3.29.15

I don’t have much experience running outside in the winter, in the early morning. I know it’s cold. So, this will be very interesting. I even bought a long sleeved running shirt for my long runs on Sundays. I’ve been weak and been running on the treadmill lately, which is so boring! Now, I can have some change of scenery since I will be a bit warmer wearing a long sleeve. Also, I will pick a different running route. I notice that a change of scenery helps with running.

Wish me luck on my 3rd half marathon!

Have you trained for a half marathon? Do you have any advice?

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Focus T-25 Review- Alpha Week 1

As I have said before, I’ll be updating you guys on the T-25 workouts I’ve been doing. I’m adding it in with the other workouts I’ve been normally doing . I’m hoping it’ll improve my strength and my runs.

Anyway, here was my experience with all the workouts in the first week.

Day 1 – Alpha Cardio

So, I was having a  bad workout day last week on Tuesday. I tried running outside that day and stopped after running and walking 2.5 miles, feeling a bit sick. Then, I decided to do this workout because I wanted to get more of a workout in. It was hard! I was really surprised. I barely made it through the workout. I was out of breath and I was feeling a bit sick. I burned around 200 calories with this workout.

Day 2- Speed 1.0

I did this workout right after running 6 miles. Even then, this workout was good. I loved the added stretching along with the cardio. It wasn’t as hard as the Cardio workout. Then again, I wasn’t feeling that well doing the Cardio the day before. Either way, I was surprised I kept up after running 6 miles.

Day 3 – Total Body Circuit

I don’t really have much to say about this workout. I mean, it was a decent full body workout but I feel like I’ve had harder workouts doing the Jillian Michael’s DVD.

Day 4- Ab Intervals

I did this workout after running 6 miles. And, I can tell you that it’s a great ab workout, especially since they had intervals of cardio in between. I thought my abs (core) were strong but this proved it wrong. Even when I finish this program, I’ll be adding these DVDs randomly into my workouts because it’s a good workout.

Day 5- Lower Focus

Well, there isn’t much to say about this workout. The first 5 minutes were mainly just cardio before they started with the actual lower body exercises. It did work the lower body but I could have done all of those moves myself if I created my own circuit.

Day 6- Stretch

So, I tried this workout. It’s suppose to be a stretch but he added some body weight exercises to it. I got bored of this workout after 5 minutes. I’d rather stretch on my own and do the stretches that I think I need. I might as well do yoga instead.

That’s all I can pretty much say for now.

Have you guys tried the T25 workouts? 

What are your thoughts on it?

 

Weekly Meals and Workouts 47

Happy Sunday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. I got my heart rate monitor watch battery replaced (the guy working at the battery store was super nice and didn’t charge me anything), bought a new charger for my phone, ran 6 miles this morning, and I received my Focus T25 workout DVDs.

I am really excited about trying out the DVDs. I plan on doing these along with my runs! I hope to build more strength so that my runs can improve as well. I will think about posting weekly updates on it but it will depends on how I feel. If I do decide to post updates, it will be every Tuesday. Tuesday is when I will start the DVDs. The reason being is that tomorrow is my rest day.

Anyway, before I get more into my workouts, here is my meal plan for the week.

Hevil’s Healthy Devil – Meal Plan Template

12-7-14 Meal Plan

Remember that these plans aren’t set and stone. It’s good to have a plan but sometimes, things come up.

Workouts

Sunday-   6 mile run + HIIT

Monday-    rest, stretch

Tuesday-  6 mile run + T25 Workout

Wednesday-  6 mile run+ T25 Workout

Thursday- Jillian Michael’s Extreme Shed and Shred + T25 Workout

Friday- 6 mile run + T25 Workout

Saturday- 6 mile run + T25 Workout

Just because it is a T25 workout, I will post fitness updates and see if I am stronger. However, I probably won’t post progress pictures. If I ever do feel like posting pictures, it will be comparing the first day of the program to the last day of the program. It’s a two month program! I also won’t be following the meal plan. I will do my best to eat healthy but I don’t agree with the calorie amounts the program gives you. Some of the recipes they give do look delicious and healthy though!

In other news, I have ran 1090.7 miles so far this year as of yesterday. Once it is the end of the year, I will post the total amount. Last year, I ran and did on the elliptical, ~962 miles. I say that it’s a big increase. =)

I guess that is it for now.

What is your plan for the week?

 How do you plan on staying on track curing the holiday season?

Weekly Meals and Workouts 41

Happy Sunday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing great, thank you very much. I ran 6 miles this morning and did some strength training exercises. I also ran a 5 K, called Run for a Safe Haven. It started raining half way through but I managed to finish the run in under 28 minutes. I don’t know my official time yet since I am still waiting for them to post it.

Yesterday, some members of the FAN Club also helped packed boxes of food for Feed My Starving Children. It was fun packing and it’s a nice feeling to be able to help the malnourished children in different countries.

Anyway, back to what this post is suppose to be about. Here is my weekly meal plan.

Hevil’s Healthy Devil – Meal Plan Template

10-26-14 Meal Plan

Workouts

Sunday-   6 mile run + strength training

Monday-   rest

Tuesday-  6 mile run + BUTI Yoga

Wednesday-  6 mile run

Thursday- BUTI Yoga + Jillian Michael’s Extreme Shed and Shred

Friday- 6 mile run

Saturday- 6 mile run

That’s all I have to say for now. Food Day was on Friday and Thursday was our club’s Nutrition Jamboree and we passed out free fruit. I carried boxes of fruit and I was sore the next day. I also wore a watermelon costume for a bit while passing out fruit.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

What do you have planned for the week? 

Do you like running in the rain?

10th Annual Urban Cow Half Marathon

I so wanted to set a PR this year for a half marathon. My time last year was 2 hours, 1 minute, 48 seconds. Well, this year was different. I was nearly 17 minutes slower.

It all started on Friday when the weather person said that the weekend would be unusually hot. In my head, I was thinking “oh no. I have a half marathon on Sunday.” That weather forecast just put my hopes of getting a PR down. I still tried.

I started off pretty strong, with the 2 hour pacer. I was actually ahead of him. Things were going pretty well until around the 3rd mile when I started slowing down. The pacer caught up to me.

At mile 4, I decided to drink the Gatorade that they were serving at the water stations. I thought that it’d give me a bit more energy. Boy was I wrong. I started getting cramps and my upper left chest started hurting. I kept walking and running the rest of the half. Around mile 5 and 6, the 2:05 pacer showed up and noticed that I was having trouble. He asked what was up with me and I said that I was hurting. He told me to move my hands up the air to try and stretch it out. He helped me for that 1/2 mile then I stopped to drink some water from my water bottle. He got ahead of me. It did help relieve my pain though.

It was probably one of the worst runs I’ve had so far. It was hot outside and I was getting cramps. I wanted to give up around mile 6 but I pushed though. I started running it so I might as well finish it.

Around the 9 or 10 mile was when my thighs started hurting and getting sore. I know, it’s the BEST thing that can happen, right? Not. It made running even harder and I kept running and walking and running and walking. You get what I mean.

I just pushed through to the end somehow and I was so happy when it was finally over. 2 hours 16 minutes and 58 seconds. I drank up another water bottle pretty quickly. I tried eating a KIND bar after but my mouth and throat weren’t feeling it. It was hard to eat. My uncle got 2 hours 25 minutes and I forgot how many seconds. It’s about the same time he got for his first half marathon.

Anyway, that was my 2nd half marathon. I knew that I wouldn’t beat the time I wanted but I didn’t know that I’d get that slow of a time. I’ll have to make up for it next year.

Have you ran a half marathon?

Do you have any advice for cramps while running?