Over the last 5 years I have tried to become a runner. For me it has become a great release and a great way to stay in shape. Until the last few weeks I have run only 3-4 miles at a time and I have run several 5k’s. In the back of my mind I have always thought it would be “fun”, or at least an accomplishment I would like to have, to try to run a 1/2 Marathon. (And I thought it would be great to have a 13.1 sticker on my mini van!) But, then I would think, “that is such a LONG way!” Well, about a month ago my husband and I decided we would run a 1/2 marathon at the end of November. Since I was already running 5k mileage, my husband made up a 5k to 1/2 marathon training schedule. This is a 13 week schedule and has been working well for me. Sunday for me is a total rest day. Wednesday and Friday are the days that I practice Yoga. For me Yoga is a game changer. I always run a little faster and I feel better during my runs on a day after Yoga. It is important to rest your body and also cross-train. Your muscles and bones need a change of pace to stay healthy.
I like to do my runs in the morning. Usually I will drop the kids off at school and then go for a run. After my run I always do about 10 minutes of stretching. You MUST stretch you muscles well to maintain your health and be able to walk the rest of the day! NEVER skip stretching! I hope you enjoy training for your 1/2 marathon!
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