About two months ago, I wrote the first Fitness Friday post. It was a pretty big hit, so I wanted to bring it to you again! Since the first post, I’ve had a few questions so here they are answered along with a couple random fun facts. I’m always willing to answer any other questions you may have, so please feel free to comment on this post, email me, or comment on my facebook page with any questions you want answered in future fitness blog posts.
What marathon or half marathon training tips or programs do I use?
I should preface this by saying I have only run one full marathon, but multiple half marathons. I am NOT an expert. For my full marathon, I looked at both Jeff Galloway’s and Hal Hidgon‘s intermediate marathon training schedules. When I ran the marathon in 2008, I was relatively “new” to long distance running having just come off of playing collegiate basketball (I had only raced in 5k’s before I jumped right into the full marathon – I suggest maybe stepping up slowly such as do a half first and see how it goes for you) but had a good base of around 30-40 miles per week so I used the intermediate versus the beginner. I took what I liked from both of their schedules and what worked around my work and social life and made my own.
As for half marathons, I have run quite a bit in the last 5 years that I just do what works for me now. I know what I feel comfortable with (ie. how many miles per week, speed workouts, etc). When I sign up for a race, I map out my training schedule about 2-3 months prior (or depending on my fitness level at the time) and that seems to do it for me.
(If you have specific questions regarding this, please send me an email and I will talk more in-depth.)
I did a racing tips post a few months ago. You can read it here.
What training tools do I use while running?
I use a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch. I love it. I would eventually like to update to a newer model but for now it works and does what I need it to do: pace me.
Who is my favorite professional runner?
Kara Goucher. I follow her in all her major races she runs. I love that she’s a mom and even though she’s a professional runner, she still finds an adequate amount of time to be a mom at home with him. She has a facebook page if you want to follow her on there.
Current workout play list:
Be Somebody (Kings of Leon)
The Cave (Mumford & Sons)
Every Once in a While (Blackhawk)
Gangnam Style (PSY)
Goodbye Says it All (Blackhawk)
Ho Hey (The Lumineers)
Just Dance (Lady GaGa)
Midnight City (M83)
My Body (Young the Giant)
One Love (Bob Marley)
Stubborn Love (The Lumineers)
That’s Just About Right (Blackhawk)