My Road To My First Half Marathon

My Road To My First Half Marathon

Running and living a healthier lifestyle has helped me turn my life around in so many ways. I used to hate running and now I can't imagine living without it! l hope you will join me as I journey on this road to my first half marathon! I started running, about two years ago. Trust me when I tell you I know what it's like to start and the frustration of being winded after the first 30 seconds of running! In 2015 I ran 2 5k runs, but I was still smoking cigarettes up 'til then and still hard a hard time running more than 4 miles. After 15 years of smoking I finally quit on Nov. 1, 2015! As of the start of this half marathon journey I have demolished numerous negative habits and cycles in my life that were literally killing me and holding me back from any progress and personal growth. Now I am ready and eager to take my running to the next level. Join me as I go up a mile a week until I get to 13.1 miles (half marathon) and run my first legitimate half marathon! Thanks for joining me here and I hope you continue to follow my journey and more so I hope you venture on a journey of living a healthy and fit lifestyle of your own! Scroll all the way to the bottom to see my First Half Marathon Run and how this healthy and fit lifestyle has transformed my life!

Week 1!

So from lifting 5 to 6 days a week I have cut down to only 4 days a week, however from running 3 days a week I am now running 5 days a week. This is necessary to get my body conditioned for the grueling (in my opinion) 13.1 mile long run I will be facing on April 9th! Also, I have reduced the amount of beef I am eating and am eating more fish and chicken, and a lot more vegetables. Five meals a day, a lot of vegetables to fill up the stomach and make me feel full.

Lifting Routine: Monday - Legs | Tuesday - Chest | Wednesday - Shoulders | Thursday - Biceps/Triceps

Running Routine: Tuesday - 3 miles | Wednesday - 4 miles (treadmill) | Thursday - 4 miles | Friday - 3 miles | Saturday - 7 miles

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Week 2!

So for week 2 I am going to pretty much continue what I have been doing for week 1. If you watched the recap of week 1 I felt great and ran the long Saturday run with little trouble. The only concern I did see is my legs are getting tired towards the end of the week. I'm going for around the same calorie count per day, however I am going to incorporate more carbs than I usually do as I feel it will give me more energy especially during the end of the week. Saturday I am shooting for 8 miles, and this will be the first time I will ever run that distance.

Lifting Routine: Monday - Legs | Tuesday - Chest | Wednesday - Shoulders | Thursday - Biceps/Triceps

Running Routine: Tuesday - 3 miles | Wednesday - 4 miles (treadmill) | Thursday - 4 miles | Friday - 3 miles | Saturday - 8 miles

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Week 3!

So for week 3 I am going to pretty much continue what I have been doing for week 2. I'm increasing my carb intake early in the morning however I am eating more greens and vegetables in the evening. The physique is looking better, thinner and more cut. At the same time I feel as though my stamina is becoming stronger by the day. I completed my first 8 mile run at the end of week 2 and so will be going for 9 miles at the end of this week 3

Lifting Routine: Monday - Legs | Tuesday - Chest | Wednesday - Shoulders | Thursday - Biceps/Triceps

Running Routine: Tuesday - 3 miles | Wednesday - 4 miles (treadmill) | Thursday - 4 miles | Friday - 3 miles | Saturday - 9 miles

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Week 4!

So for week 4 I have to take care of my body better. Need to make sure I am resting a full 8 hours every night. Furthermore I started taking soaks in epsom salt and bath water for about 15 minutes at least twice a week, to relax the muscles. My long run on week 3 was a rough one, and you can read about it here. The physique though is looking good, losing a bit of muscle mass, but the midsection is looking much better than usual. I am going to give 9 miles another shot this week, rather than going up, as I had such a difficult time on my first 9 mile attempt. I am a month and a half away from the run, so I'm quite ahead of schedule, and I do not want to risk injuring myself.

Lifting Routine: Monday - Legs | Tuesday - Chest | Wednesday - Back/Biceps | Thursday - H.I.I.T. Jump Rope | Friday - Shoulders/Triceps

Running Routine: Tuesday - 3 miles (treadmill)| Wednesday - 4 miles | Thursday - 4 miles | Friday - 3 miles | Saturday - 9 miles

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Week 5!

So for week5 I have to switch up my schedule. I have friends coming over and I'm also heading out of town!!! I did my long run on day 2 and it was a huge difference. Legs did not get tired until around mile 8, I suppose because I had not done my leg day yet at the gym plus all the training has conditioned the body to handle these long runs better. I can feel my body progressively get more and more ready, and I am confident by race time on April 11, I will be ready!

Lifting Routine: Monday - Chest | Tuesday - None | Wednesday - Shoulders | Thursday - Legs/Back | Friday - Biceps/Triceps

Running Routine: Monday - 3.5 miles | Tuesday - 10 miles | Wednesday - 6 miles | Thursday - None| Friday - None | Saturday - 4 miles

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Week 6!

So for week 6 I am on vacation! I am loving it, but I am missing my normal gym/running routine! As of this post I have yet to run all week! I am definitely eating more than usual and working out less than I'd like, however I'm on vacay and I will and AM enjoying myself! I'll be back with a vengeance next week!

Lifting Routine: Tuesday - Chest/Legs | Thursday - Shoulders| Friday - Back/Biceps

Running Routine: Monday - 4 miles | Thursday - 6 miles| Friday - 6 miles| Saturday - 9 miles

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Week7!

So for week 7 I am back to reality and it feels so good to be back after a week long break. Now that is mostly because of the week long break, as a much needed rest and relaxation has recharged me and got me pumped and excited for my upcoming half-marathon! I'm going hard this week and for sure next week, as I will be tapering off by April!

Lifting Routine: Tuesday - Chest | Thursday - Shoulders| Friday - Back/Biceps

Running Routine: Tuesday - 4 miles | Wednesday - 4 miles | Thursday - 4 miles| Saturday - 13.1 miles

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Week8!

So for week 8 I am starting to taper down. Only 3 runs for the week, however I will do a 13.1 mile run for my long run on Saturday. Then next week will be a true tapering down of my routine

Lifting Routine: Monday - Legs | Tuesday - Chest | Thursday - Shoulders | Friday - Back/Biceps

Running Routine: Wednesday - 6 miles | Thursday - 6 miles| Saturday - 13.1 miles

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Week9!

So for week 9 I am in major tape down mode. Only 3 runs for the week, however I went hard, I mean hard on leg day! Then next week will be no leg day, as that is the week of my FIRST HALF MARATHON!!! WOOHOO!!!

Lifting Routine: Monday - Legs | Tuesday - Chest/Back | Thursday - Shoulders | Friday - Triceps/Biceps

Running Routine: Wednesday - 4.5 miles | Thursday - 4.5 miles| Saturday - 11 miles

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Half Marathon Week!

So I have made it!!! I am extremely excited, and fired up to run my very first HALF MARATHON! I am listening to my body, resting up real well, and am supremely confident in the training and the fact that my body is conditioned and ready for this 13.1 mile run!

Lifting Routine: Monday - Chest/Back | Wednesday - Shoulders | Thursday - Triceps/Biceps

Running Routine: Tuesday - 5 miles | Wednesday - 4 miles| Thursday - 3 miles | Saturday - You already know how many miles!!!

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Half Marathon Day!

So I DID IT! My First Half Marathon, and I could write a book, or at least a blog(lol) of the entire experience! It was insane, extremely fun and although I'd like to put more words down here to explain how I felt throughout the entire experience I believe this video will do a better job!

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Running Towards My First Half Marathon Gallery

Follow my training gallery as I prepare (and hopefully survive) for my first Half Marathon!

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Also, join in the discussion, whether you have ran numerous half or full marathons, whether you've never ran one at all! I could use all the help in the world and your input is extremely valuable to me! fellow-runners