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Happy Monday!! Today I wanted to give you a two week update on my Half Marathon Training! As many of you know if you saw my posts from last week that I started training for a half marathon! This is the training guide/program I’ve been using! Since I’m not a runner (at all), I decided to start with the most novice program to really take my time and work my way to the full 13.1 miles.
I’ve learned a few things about running over the last two weeks. 1. I really have enjoyed the training when allowing myself enough time. 2. (This is so random) I have to run with jackets with zipper pockets. 3. What did I do before my Fitbit?
1. I really have enjoyed the training when allowing myself enough time.
If you had asked me 2.5 weeks ago, I would have told you I hated running. Although unfair, since I’ve never really run before, I just never thought I enjoyed it. Turns out, It’s actually kind of fun. Giving myself enough time to run has been the most enjoyable part. I’ve been going as slow as I need to, and it’s been REALLY nice. I’m not concerned about pace right now since I’m just really learning how to run longer distances. I’ve also been taking Bull with me on every one which has been wonderful. It helps make the miles go more quickly having my little buddy with me. When he stops, I just run in place. It’s not a break per say, but it’s nice just to go slow. On my longer run days, which by the way, he recommends doing your longer run days on the Sundays, (which has been great!), I’ve really enjoyed running in the morning before breakfast. It’s slow and steady and really gets my mind in the right place before taking on the day. It’s also just so nice not to be rushed. During the week it’s so hard with everything going on!
2. (This is so random) I have to run with jackets with zippered pockets.
My mom got my a Nike jacket for Christmas that has zippered pockets and it’s amazing. I can’t run with a jacket that doesn’t have zippered pockets! I haven’t been listening to music while I run, I just haven’t had the desire to, so having my phone in a zipped pocked, and my key in the other has been awesome. It’s nice because I don’t have to worry about holding those things, or about them falling out of an open pocket, etc.
3. What did I do before my Fitbit?
I know people have had Fitbit’s for years. I get it…I’m sooo late to the party. But man, I’m glad I finally got on board! Having a Fitbit has been sooooo nice for this training. It’s easy to read, easy to use and I love knowing how far I’ve gone with two taps! It holds me accountable, and is seriously an awesome tool to have for training. If you’re thinking about training for any sort of run, I would HIGHLY recommend getting a Fitbit!
Happy New Year!! My Plan to Stay Healthy This Year isn’t going to be complicated! I couldn’t be happier that the New Year is here and I get to get started. If you’ve listened to any of my Podcasts, you know that health and wellness is important to me…but as a woman in her twenties…(or any age really) it’s kind of complicated to figure out. Should I do this diet, that diet, eat dairy, or not eat dairy? Am I gluten free? Should I be? All the things. For some of you, you may be wondering if you should drink nonfat milk instead of whole because you’re worried the whole milk may “make you fat.” Trust me. I’ve been there…in fact, some days I still struggle with all of these questions. Is this normal? Well, a lot of girlfriends I know struggles with the same type of questions. So, although it may be “normal” in our day and age, it’s definitely not healthy. This year, my goal is to really find a plan that works best for me. And by plan, I mean listening to MY body, and figuring out what’s best for ME, not anyone else.
So, what am I going to do this year to get on track, the right way…and what makes sense for me?
The answer is simple. Meal prepping, sticking to my gym schedule and holding myself accountable. For the next month, I’ve decided to take a break from Alcohol, and have decided to meal prep as much as possible. Why do I keep harping on this? Because it’s when I don’t have anything in the fridge to eat, that I eat something that’s not the best option, or I have to eat out (and I don’t know what’s in th
e food), etc. Meal planning/prepping seams so easy, buy why has it been so hard? Mostly because on the weekends I just want to spend time with my husband, horses, and Bull. Yep. That’s it. It’s just that I don’t prioritize going to the store and planning ahead for the week. How hard is it to plan ahead? NOT HARD AT ALL! There are so many amazing healthy food blogs out there and Pinterest is full of a ton of amazing ideas. I’ve pinned a bunch of amazing Healthy Paleo Recipes HERE and then Paleo Dessert Recipes, HERE! Be sure to follow along, as I’m always pinning and trying new ones! It’s not hard, it just takes about 10 minutes of prep.
Personally, I like to actually print out the recipes I’m going to make. Having them on my phone or computer is just annoying and then while I’m cooking, I’m getting my electronics dirty. Not my fav. Today I’ve printed out three dishes I’m going to make TODAY to prep for the week.
Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf – I’ve made this before and it’s excellent!
I’m also planning on sticking to a pretty aggressive exercise regimen. I’ve never really stuck to one for longer than a few months, and I’m excited to see how my body changes this year. I’m going to continue doing my weight class 3x per week, and then I’m training for a half marathon. I started last week, so this is my second week! It’s definitely something I’ve never done before, and I’m ready and up for the challenge!! What are you doing this year to challenge yourself? Comment below and let me know!!
Here are some of my favorite activewear items of the moment! If you haven’t tried high waisted Zella or Alo leggings, you need to…they’re a game changer!!
Happy Thursday! In today’s video I’m rounding my drug store beauty swaps, some favorite products, make up tricks, skincare + some health favorites!! Enjoy! xo