8 Weeks of Running – Running Journal, Cross-Training, and Nutrition: Week 1

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8 Weeks of Running – Running Journal, Cross-Training, and Nutrition: Week 1

Week 1: The 8-Week Training Program

Considering my occupation, it is fair to say that I love to workout, stay physically active, and be in tune with my body. The actual act of running, however, has never been my cup of tea.

I am a former athlete who purposely chose the sport I played based on the fact that minimal amounts of running would be involved. Volleyball requires quick spurts of energy and agility, not endurance running. So, I find it slightly ironic that here I am now preparing for my 2nd half marathon this year.

As many of you know, I spend much of my time at Maiden Lane Studios where the majority of my exercise routine is filled with Pilates, barre, and yoga (PBY), which has helped put me in the best shape of my life. So, my plan for training over the next 8-weeks will be more to acclimate myself to the distance side of running, starting off slow and then gradually build.

Even with this marathon training now added to my schedule, I will continue my PBY routines at the studio since cross training is crucial when preparing for distance runs. I will get into more details on cross-training in the coming weeks.

Here is a week-by-week look at my running schedule:

Week 1: 3 runs at 3 to 4 miles per run
Week 2: 3 runs at 3 to 4 miles per run, and a 4th run over the weekend at 5 miles
Week 3: Same as week 2
Week 4: 2 – 3 runs at 3 to 4 miles per run, and an additional run over the weekend at 7 miles
Week 5: Same as week 2
Week 6: 2 runs at 3 to 4 miles, and a 3rd run over the weekend at 8 to 9 miles
Week 7: Same as week 2
Week 8: 2 runs at 3 miles

Needless to say, it seems as if I’ve caught a bit of the marathon bug. These races have reignited the competitive side of me that hasn’t received much attention over the last few years.

It’s a different sort of competition though, as I am not competing against anyone else or another team. This competition is inward focused and about pushing myself physically and mentally.

With our daily routines, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of having additional goals outside of our careers and families. I feel that creating an outlet for personal time and growth is incredibly important in developing balance in life; mine has just recently taken shape in the form of running. I hope you’ll keep up with me over these next 8 weeks and help keep me on pace!