In addition to being a nerd with my studies, my weekend crafts, and successful and unsuccessful recipe attempts, I consider myself an avid runner. This is me, sweaty, cherry red, and out of breath after my most recent run into Beaver Stadium:
I set a PR of a 7:47 mile and finished the 5K at about 24 minutes. I think the atmosphere of the run helped a little, of course, because the run finished on the field of Beaver Stadium. WOO! At the beginning of this year I decided to start training for a half marathon (basically to keep up with my sister because if she’s doing something I have to be doing it, too). After some research online I found a great training program built for all levels of runners, whether you plan on walking the half, or setting a record. If any of my readers are runners and considering training for a half marathon, I HIGHLY advise you use Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Guide. I actually doubled the length of the training program because I wasn’t planning on doing the half until September and had plenty of time to do so. Currently I’m at the 6-mile weeks and I’m loving it! I see the changes in my legs and in my body and it’s only been three months. I can’t wait to see what this program does for me over the summer! And if you aren’t running already, check out the Couch to 5K program that’s all over Pinterest. It’s a great way to start if you’ve never been a big runner. After a lot of pressure from my sister and me, my mom started to run about a year ago and since then I’ve done a few 5Ks with her, and she loves it! Aside from the runner’s high you get, you’re also helping your body out more than you know. And if you’re like me and you love food, it means you get to eat a little bit extra to keep up with the extra work that your body is doing. If you do decide to start running, be careful–you just might get addicted!
Hope you all have a lovely week and enjoy the spring weather that has finally arrived to the northeast! (Yay for no longer having to run on the treadmill!)