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Life Ain't a Track Meet

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Fun Week!

Posted by ccira Aug 26, 2008


First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far! You guys are the best!



My training is going quite well. On Thursday and Saturday I did strength workouts. I wrote myself two very tough workouts that I alternate, so Thursday was an endurance strength day and Saturday was a power strength day. Each workout took over an hour to complete due to the sheer number of moves I included - I like to hit the muscles in a variety of ways, so I usually do at least two moves for each muscle group. I also added new stability work (one-legged squats on a wobble board, to name one move!) and updated my ab circuit to be positively ridiculous...but my training motto is, what does not kill me will literally make me stronger!



Sunday was amazing - I did a long walk of about 9.5 miles in preparation for my September 6th half marathon. It felt great! I kept a fantastic pace and it felt super-easy! It didn't hurt that the weather was gorgeous. I love the weather in Waterloo/Cedar Falls...although I must confess that the wind is a bit much on occasion! Then yesterday (Monday) I rode my bike to the rec center, did a fitness class that I'm going to begin teaching tomorrow (excited about that!), then rode back home. Today I am SORE! That fitness class didn't fool around. Hopefully I can keep up the very-difficult tradition!



I'm totally psyched to begin workouts with the team. My life as a runner/walker has been quite solitary, and I look forward to feeling a camaraderie with others who have similar goals. In the end, it's just your body and the road, but at least there are people who can help you push through mentally. That's what endurance sport is all about - put the miles on the legs, yes, but it's primarily about mind over matter. That's one reason Team in Training is so great. When I did the 2008 WDW 1/2 marathon, I constantly saw the "purple people" on the course and on the sidelines, and everyone was cheering each other on. I'm sure that's a big reason of why so many people are able to finish the races, even if just 6 months earlier they hadn't run a step. There's a lot to be said for motivation, both in terms of  the fundraising and altruistic aspects, and with the crowd and team support.



I may need to take today off from workouts to let my legs recover from all the squats and lunges of yesterday's fitness class - I smell a high-protein-intake day ahead! 




Gotta Start Somewhere!

Posted by ccira Aug 21, 2008

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my blog. I'm extremely excited about training for my first-ever marathon in my favorite vacation destination (this will be my 11th visit in 20 years!), and being able to help raise money for the LLS while doing it! 


Since this is the first entry, I'll put down where I am right now. As a personal trainer, it is extremely important to me to be in shape. I try to work out every day, either with a 60-70 minute strength session or with cardio (preferably over an hour). I am currently training for my 4th half marathon (well, I suppose the training is my 5th half marathon training, since I trained for a half marathon in June that got turned into a 10-miler due to flooding!), which I will be walking. I have run/walked two half marathons - the 2007 Sturgis Falls Half Marathon in Cedar Falls, IA (which was my current PR of 2:50) and the 2008 Walt Disney World Half Marathon (2:54 - it was humid and hot down there!). I walked the Park to Park Half Marathon in 2007 in Waterloo, IA, with a time of about 3:17. I'll be walking that race again this year on September 6th, only this time my mother will be joining me! She smoked for forty years, quit cold turkey shortly after her 56th birthday and has not wanted a cigarette since - so I roped her into doing a half marathon!




Since this upcoming race will be walked at a slower pace than my others, I haven't been training for it in a traditional way. Instead of long walks going up to 10 miles, this time I am simply walking to and from work once a week (roundtrip of 8 miles).  I also get in a couple of other walks during the week of 5-6 miles. Strength training is about 3-4 times a week, and I usually throw in a bike ride of 60-90 minutes.




Nutritionally I tend to do well. I count calories, but I don't restrict them. Calories are, as any endurance athlete knows, extremely important! Especially carbs - if anyone else on my team is reading this, please do not fear carbs! They are your friends! I drink a minimum of a gallon of water a day - on heavier workout days I'll drink up to a gallon and a half. I recommend copious water consumption to anyone training for an endurance event. I make sure to eat small meals throughout the day and I always eat within 20 minutes after a workout.




Main concerns going into marathon training:




1) Short periods of laziness. Sometimes I have a week where I don't feel like doing much - low energy. Hopefully having the support of walking with new friends will help!




2) Fundraising! I am a bit scared that I won't make the minimum. Hopefully my friends and family will help me out by recruiting others to donate!




3) My shins. Due to biomechanical defects in my feet and shins I am extremely prone to severe shin splints and stress fractures. Currently my shins are at a point where running would be, well, very unwise. I take many precautions to ensure that I am able to continue exercising, and I'm not worried about not being able to complete the marathon - at this point, I remain hopeful that I will be able to run a portion of the course! If not, I will be fine with walking it in its entirety.




That's it for now. I hope to update this blog at least once a week with training updates. If you have any questions or comments, let me know! Thanks!