I just finished the first week of half-marathon training. I really like having a clear goal to focus on that’s only 14 weeks away, as opposed to The Big Hike that’s a year away. I don’t think there’s any way I could stay focused on food and fitness for a goal that’s a year away.
My long walk this week was six miles, which I ended up doing here around home and the neighborhood. I typically prefer going to a more scenic place for the long walks, but it turned out to be nice to do this one here locally. It’s always interesting to me to see how far six miles actually is.
I have already had to tweak my training plan to accommodate a few things. Thursday nights are date night with Max, my grandson. I’m definitely not giving those up. And the training plan originally had my long walks on Sunday, but I moved those to Saturday. I much prefer doing my long walk on Saturday morning, and saving Sunday for church and afternoon yoga. I read that it’s okay to re-arrange the days like that, but the most important thing is to make all the walks.
For strength training, I’m doing Jillian Michaels’ DVD workouts. The workouts I’ve been doing are about 30 minutes long and they definitely kick my butt. I start out saying that I’m going to do two of her workouts for a good hour-long workout. I never make it. They are good hard workouts, and I sure hope they fit the bill as strength training. While I’m training for the half-marathon, I think they’ll help me a lot. After the first of the year, I may need to look for other strength training to help me prepare these legs, knees, and hips for a 10-mile hike up a canyon wall. Gulp.