Sunday, January 24, 2010

Getting ready for the ATX Half

I have 20 days until my next half marathon! I like to use the Smart Coach over at Runner’s World to figure out my training schedules, but this plan only has me running 3 times a week. I’m not sure why I’m complaining.

Every week looks the same with a 2 mi, 5 mi, then 6 mi run. There are no longer runs. I know that when I train for my next half I will really need to focus on long runs in the range from 10-12 mi because that is where I really started to slow down and cramp up. However, I’m going to just stick with this plan and just go out and have fun when I run Austin!

I’m also glad that they’ve added more spin classes at the gym. I was reading my Fitness Magazine yesterday and one cross training tip for runners is to do spin classes. I totally believe it. I used to be a spin class junkie when I lived in Waco. I would go 4 times a week. The resistance really does help build up your quads and hamstrings, and when I ran Houston those are the muscles that started to fail me towards the end.

So my workout plan for the next 20 days looks like this:

2 mi run
Jillian Michaels ‘No More Trouble Zones’

Spin Class

5 mi tempo run

Spin Class


Jillian Michaels ‘No More Trouble Zones’

6 mi run

And I’ve been very bad about not eating meat like I said I was going to. I need me that iron and protein! I also haven’t been to the grocery store in 2 weeks and keep living off of oatmeal or weird leftovers. I’m going to sit here and work on a meal plan and grocery list for the week.

Are there any staples you always pick up from the grocery store for the week?


Meredith said...

spinach, bananas, milk, cereal, chocolate, clementines (or other citrus fruit), apples, bag salad for dinners, grapes, Greek yogurt

Lindsay said...

Fage (nonfat greek yogurt), clementines, kashi 7 grain crackers, frozen blueberries (for oatmeal or smoothies)

rena said...

fruit is always a staple, everything else depends on my meal plan for the week

Vic said...

Looks like a fab plan! I'll see ya there in less than 3 weeks (eek)!

Staples are peanut butter and oatmeal and fruit for me.

TX Runner Mom said...

Have fun in Austin - that's agreat race and a fun course! For me...lots of fruit, sting cheese, Kroger "Carbmaster" yogurt, almonds, spinach (for smoothies), chocolate milk (for after my long runs)...