Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Beautiful Day

My friend Sarah came over this afternoon so I could sneak off to the gym. I ran outside for 1.5 miles (I think) and it was SUCH a beautiful day. I really don't like the cold weather, can we please have more of these nice days?? Then I went into the gym to work on strengthening my legs. As I started doing squats my right knee was hurting, so I decided not to push it. As I learned in Yoga, you always need to listen to your body. My knee was telling me, "No, not this!" so I listened :)

Miles: 1.5
Time: 22 minutes

Miles on my Brooks: 26.5

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pre-Training: Day Two

Well I made my goal for this week: I got to the gym twice! This afternoon my friend Jeanette came over while Lily was napping so I could sneak off to the gym. I ran/walked two miles on the treadmill. My knees were bothering me off and on, especially the right one, but I have no idea if it's because I was on the treadmill and not pavement or something else. Afterwards I did some strength training for my legs and stretched. All in all, a good day!

Miles: 2
Time: 30 minutes

Miles on my Brooks: 25

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Half Marathon Pre-Training

Today I started what I am calling my "Half Marathon Pre-Training". Basically this is just me getting back into the swing of things before my official training plan starts on Nov 14. I have a history of knee issues and shin splints, so I want to start working now to prevent any injuries. Today I ran/walked 1.5 miles outside (what a BEAUTIFUL day, too!), then I went into the gym and did some leg strengthening exercises. Mostly I'm focusing on building up the muscles in my quads and hamstrings so that they hold my knees in the right place while I'm running. I'm going to aim to get to the gym at least twice a week.

Miles: 1.5
Time: ???

Miles on my Brooks: 23

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Here We Go...

No miles to record today, but I just had to share that I finally signed up for a half marathon!
I did it yesterday before I could chicken out...seriously. The race is March 18, 2012. That means most of my training will be during the winter, and I'm honestly not sure how that is going to work out. I'm going to have to get creative. However, I chose this race because it is flat, not during the summer, and relatively soon (ie, not a year from now). I know I need some motivation to run and hopefully this will do the trick! I will be following this schedule as best I can:
As you can see, my training starts SOON! Here we go....!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Did It!

This past Friday I took Lily for a walk, and ended up jogging for part of it! I wasn't planning on it, but it was cold and the best way to warm up is...well...run! I probably only ran for 1/4 mile, but it's a start!

Miles: 2.5 (?)
Time: 40 minutes

Miles on my Brooks: 21.5