A Plan & the giveaways continue!

I have to admit that this winter has gotten me again.  Often in the winter, my training tapers, and my eating increases.  I love heavy, hearty soups, crock pot meals, etc.  I am a very healthy eater, but I am also a lover of food & over eat!  People always tell me that I’m such a healthy eater, but calories are calories.  So, my mid section has expanded yet again this winter & I’m not exercising as hard as I do during other times of the year!  Yesterday, I actually ran 6 miles.  It felt SO darn great!  I haven’t run 6 miles in a long time.  So, I decided that I really need to kick it up a gear (or 5) and get myself back in the kind of shape I like.  So, I’ve decided to start training for a 1/2 marathon, even though my first race isn’t until April (for now).  I do need a goal after all.  That’s how I work best!

I’ve been reading about the Hanson running method, but haven’t yet decided to take the plunge and try it out.  I typically use my tried & true Hal Higdon plan.  The part of the Hanson plan is that for a marathon, you only run a 16 miler & not a 20 or 22.  YIKES.  I do think that would mess with my psyche, and there’s nothing good about that for me!  However, I do know people who have greatly improved using the Hanson method.  For now, I’m not training for a marathon, so I’ll simply stick with good ol’ Hal!

I”m glad to have a plan in place now!  I have signed up for a few races already & need to get myself back in shape for those races.

I have planned for 3 half marathons & a 10K thus far.  There will be many more races, but for now, those are on my calendar & will get me started!

Do you need goals to keep you going ?

Which training method do you follow?

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  1. We are SO much alike– You have a 1/2 marathon in April? Which one? I’ve heard a lot about the Hanson Method and am totally intrigued!
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  2. Jessica L says:

    I did the blog hop! fun!

  3. I’m a slacker and don’t follow any training plan – I just do my own thing!!!
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  4. I’m currently training for my first full and trained to 20. I can’t imagine training only to 16….that scares me!
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  5. Did the blog hop – visited Fairytales & Fitness

  6. Training plans keep me much more focused….
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  7. I am on week 4 of Hanson’s marathon method. I am loving it so far…although the meat of the training doesn’t kick in for a bit. Getting used to running 6 days a week was a change for me (I typically have only done 5 max), but the varying paces make it doable.
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    • Are you nervous at all about only running 16 & not a couple 20′s?
      That what may play with my psyche.
      When’s your marathon?

      • Marathon is May 4th. I am a little tentative about it…but I know I can cover the distance. The more I read into the book, the more the concept made sense. It’s not about how far you can run in ONE day in training…it’s about the aggregate of all your running. That 16 miles scares the shit out of me only 2 days after a 13 mile run (10 miles at tempo plus the three for warmup cool down). According to the advanced plan, when you add in the warm up and cool down miles…you will running 7 weeks with 3-4 days of double digit numbers towards the end of the plan. That is WAY more than I’ve ever done! I think that more than makes up for 2 – 20 mile runs..
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  8. I would like to try the Women’s Blue Racerback Tank Top With Race Bib Protector Pocket

    (Side note: I liked the facebook pages from my running page, Once Upon a Run, not from my personal page which you have to use to log into rafflecopter)
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  9. I visited all the stops on the blog hop!
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  10. I’d love to try the chia seeds in the apple cinnamon pecan oatmeal!

  11. Maryalicia Verdecchia says:

    Training Plans for sure! and I will be sure to leave you a comment on Fit Running Mama :)

  12. I am doing the couch to 5K program right now and am running my first 5K at the end of February. I am new to running to I would love to try anything. Interested in calf sleeve, I hear they help with shin splint which are thanks to 14 years of soccer from when I was younger!
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