It’s satisfying to finally get started on half-marathon training. I felt productive and energized. My plan for training is to participate in group training through Lifetime Fitness two days a week, yoga at least twice a week (once at home and once in the studio), Orangetheory twice a week and running on my own (or with my running group) once a week. Let’s see how it goes!
Monday: 3.2 miles with my running group in Uptown Chicago. I picked up my group T-shirt and caught up with running friends. We don’t really run for time — it’s kind of impossible given all the traffic lights we hit on our route. It was 30-something degrees, but it felt good to run. I love cool-weather runs!
Tips and reflections:
- Making plans to run has worked so far to keep me on track. It feels awful to let people down by canceling; avoiding that feeling is a good incentive to sign up for group runs.
- I should have listened to my body. It clearly needed a break Sunday. Take your rest days!
- New gear is a great motivator as well. The cute new C9 sports bra made me feel strong and fit, even though I have a long way to go. The fact that it was a tiny bit snug was inspiration to get in shape.
- Switch up the routine. I like to do different workouts, which is why I love Orangetheory. Keep it interesting; keep it fun! If it’s not fun, why do it?
- Participate in the social media conversation. Use hashtags that connect you to people interested in working out or training for a goal. I have found so much encouragement and inspiration by connecting with runners and yogis online.
How’s your training going? How do you stay motivated?