Mighty Mommy Monday – Training Week 1

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year AND run a half marathon in October! Join us!


Monday morning and today is the first day of my official 1/2 marathon training! I’m not sure if I’m excited or overwhelmed, but either way, I am 12 weeks out from race day and it’s time to get serious! I am following the Hal Higdon plan for novices. 3-4 days of running, 2-3 days of cross training and 1 rest day. Up until now, I’ve been running times a week, not usually going much over 2.5 miles. I’ve been working to build the consistency and speed for the last 3 weeks, so I’m hoping it pays off!

This week:
Monday – “stretch and strengthen” I plan to use this as my yoga and weights day. According to the plan, Sundays are long run days so I think I’ll really enjoy the low impact workout!
Tuesday – run 3 miles {my current goal pace is 12 min/mile… I’ve been working hard to get it down to that time and I still have a little bit of work to do}
Wednesday – Run 2 miles or Cross Train. If I run 2 miles, I’ll do speedwork, but if it works out for me to attend a fitness class instead, I’ll do that!
Thursday – Run 3 miles + strength {either weight routines or a 30 minute kettlebell session}
Friday – REST!!!!
Saturday – 30 minute swim
Sunday – 4 mile run

That’s this week’s plan. I’m being very conscious about my eating since the last few weeks I haven’t been and my joints and digestive system have been angry, angry, angry. I’m also continuing with my evening routine of heading to bed by 10, reading for half an hour and lights out NO LATER than 11. Lots of water and making sure I’m getting plenty to eat. All this work isn’t going to mean a thing if I’m hungry! My birthday is this week and I know we will be out of town, so that day I will just have to be more mindful about getting my run in and staying hydrated.

The closer the race date gets, the more people I discover I know who will be running the same race! So it’s good to know that there will be familiar faces along the route!

What about you? What’s the longest race you’ve ever participated in {or are training for}?