I'm starting up this blog again to keep track of what I do for the second half of 2018, including keeping up with Crossfit, training for a half marathon, two lifting cycles, and a mini-cut that starts today!
So you can see why that's a lot to keep up with. ;)
Over the past 6 months, my proficiency in Crossfit has improved dramatically! I got my first toes to bar, kipping pull-ups, and double-unders all within a short period of time. I also improved my squat form and hit a 133-lb front squat, a big win for me!
But I've had a (road) half marathon on my to-do list for years now. I've only run two trail half's, and they were certainly two of my favorite races! I planned a few months ago to run the Good Life Halfsy in Lincoln, NE, with my sister. The Lincoln Marathon was my favorite marathon because of the awesome vibe, the most helpful volunteers, and the post-race FOOD! I hear the Halfsy is great in all the same ways, so I'm very excited to make this my first road half on October 28.
I've decided I want to dedicate only 8 weeks to half marathon training. Considering my current level of aerobic fitness, this should be adequate. I still have lingering foot pain from when I injured it in 2015, so I specifically do not want to risk over-training. My goal for this training is to get to the start line feeling 100% - and I feel that's something I can actually control. My time goal is sub 2:00, so a 9:00 pace. On Christmas day, 2016, I ran a 19.4-mile training run for the Sedona Marathon (my most recent marathon), and over the course of that run I hit a 1:53:30 half marathon. This was well after my injury and before I started Crossfit, but I was in good running shape. All this to say, sub 2:00 isn't lofty, and will be a good challenge without ruining myself.
During my 8-week half marathon training cycle I plan to continue Crossfit 3 days per week (sidenote: most likely I will go my gym's Fitness Programming which is more like endurance Crossfit and without barbells - it's more anaerobically intense and there's no throwing heavy barbells around), as well as supplemental weightlifting as I feel like it. I'm only going to run 3 days per week, because historically this is all my body can tolerate. Funny, because I can Crossfit 10 days in a row before taking a rest day and I feel great. If I run 5 days in a week, everything hurts and I'm sidelined with some overuse injury or another.
Right now I am thinking of the following schedule:
M - Burgfit (Crossfit without the weightlifting)
T - Easy run + Weightlifting
W - Burgfit
R - Tempo/Fartlek/Interval Run + Weightlifting
F - Burgfit or REST
S - Long run
S - REST & Active Recovery (Weightlifting, Napping, Paddleboarding, etc.)
I merely thought of this last week when I tried Burgfit for the first time. Considering I'm never going to be a competitive Crossfitter (I'm 32 and I can still hardly clean my bodyweight -it's just not going to happen), I can spend more time in the gym if I do bodyweight movements combined with muscular endurance and gymnastics skills into a long WOD on a different day than I lift. So I'm going to be experimenting with that approach.
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