Sunday, June 24, 2012

Half Marathon Training (plus a recipe!)

This is the time of year when:

Graduations are commencing...

Graduated with honors! vacations are occurring...

My family goes to Hilton Head, SC every year!

...fireworks are bursting in the sky...


...and when I get antsy to sign up for a race.

I love training for a half or full marathon in the summer since I can wake up early and beat the heat and once race day comes, the weather is not terribly hot since it's usually a brisk autumn day.

The first step in training for a race is to find one that is of interest and sign up for it! Research shows that those who sign up for a race and pay to register are more successful than those who train without a goal in mind. Another perk of registering early for a race is that you'll most likely get the Early Bird fee which means the cost is cheaper! After picking and paying to partake in the race, training begins. I personally follow Marathon Rookie's program and have been quite successful with the half and full marathons that I have run in the past. The only thing I would add onto the weekly schedule is that on one of the off days take a nice long bike ride to help cross-train and also strength train. An easy way to help become stronger is to add these simple moves to your workout routine 3 times a week.

I'm thinking that my next race is going to be the half marathon at Presque Isle in Erie, PA. Now you're probably thinking, you want to run in Erie? Why in the world would someone choose that race?

The answer is simple: my extended family lives there and I plan on running the half with my aunt.

Cooking Easter dinner with Aunt Sandie!

I consider my aunt to be one of my role models in life. She is a marathon runner, a registered dietitian, and an amazing cook. In a way she has shaped me into the woman that I am today. She sparked my interest in running marathons and adapting healthy cooking practices in the kitchen. I know that by running the race with her I will definitely achieve my goal of breaking 2 hours.

Now comes the first step in the training process: signing up for the race and beginning the 10 week running schedule on July 8. It's going to both difficult and fun all at the same time. I can't wait!

And what better way to fuel up before a long run than with a hearty bowl of oatmeal?!

Blueberry and Walnut Oatmeal
1/2 cup Old Fashioned oats
1 cup water
Splash of vanilla extract
2 tsp brown sugar
Handful of blueberries
1/8 cup walnuts, chopped

-In a small pot, bring the water to a boil.
-Add the oats, give it a quick stir, and reduce the heat to low.
-After 2 minutes add the vanilla and blueberries. Stir.
-Cook 3 more minutes and right before transferring the oatmeal to a bowl, stir in the walnuts and brown sugar.
-Top with more blueberries.

Blueberry and Walnut Oatmeal


Question of the Day:  

What goal are you currently striving to achieve?

As I mentioned above, I want to break 2 hours at the Presque Isle Half Marathon. With hard work and dedication we can achieve all that we come across!

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  1. That is wonderful and the recipe sounds great, too! We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Please come back again really soon! Thanks! -The Sisters

    1. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best!