I survived Week 2 of half-marathon training! (I’ve actually been unofficially training longer than two weeks, and this is the second week of me trying to follow a 10-week training program.) I’m sharing my progress to inspire others to find ways to stay active and to hold myself accountable. While ideally I would run four days a week, it’s not entirely realistic for me as a mom of two who has other obligations to juggle as well. We all have countless responsibilities in our daily lives, and the best we can is try to make self-care a priority. I plan to share each week of the remaining six weeks of training for the Chicago Half in September. I hope these motivate you to start training for a race or keep up with your own fitness goals. Since becoming a mom of two consistency in my workouts has been difficult for me, so if you’re also a mom or a busy person I hope you know you’re not alone in struggling with finding time to work out. I am satisfied if I run at least three days a week during training and I was able to accomplish that this week.
Week 2 recap:
Tuesday: Ran 4 miles on the treadmill. I felt really good during this workout. (As a reminder, I run after my daughters’ bedtime on weekdays, so that’s why my runs are on the treadmill.)
Wednesday: I had scheduled a core workout but I skipped it after a long, stressful day.
Thursday: 4 miles on the treadmill. This workout was difficult because I was physically and mentally exhausted, but I did it. It was a slow treadmill run.
Saturday: Leisurely swim. I took my daughter to a pool party. I meant to do a strength workout afterward but I was wiped after being in the sun for hours.
Sunday: 5 miles on the trail. I was aiming for at least 5 miles and I did it. I had been worried it would be too warm because I could only run after 11 a.m., but the trail had plenty of shade to keep me cool. I even spotted some deer.
Week 2 mileage: 13 miles.
While I am happy to have gradually increased my mileage this week, I need to find the time for strength workouts. I know I have to show myself grace when I can’t, though. It’s difficult to balance mom life with running, so I can’t be too hard on yourself when you have to skip a training run.
I was reminded on my Sunday run how peaceful and replenishing it can be to spend time outdoors. This was exactly the type of workout I needed to feel reenergized and relaxed before the new week. Do you find time to be outdoors?
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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