sixteen weeks

A Running Injury Flash Back

February, 2010: Plantar Fasciitis

March, 2010: Runner’s Knee

Last year, I had plans to achieve my dreams of running a Half Marathon.  My body apparently thought differently.

But just as I’ll never let a crumbly piece of cake ruin my day, I also refuse to let a few injuries set me back from my ultimate goal.  I will run a Half Marathon.  And I will stay healthy and injury free in the process.

Today, I finally decided to take the plunge, as I filled up my calendar with key dates and weekly long runs.  This all feels so delightfully official. :mrgreen:

One devoted and supportive running partner.  Sixteen weeks of training.  And one determined attitude.

It all begins on January 29th!!

In an attempt to do all that I can to avoid any lingering, pesky injuries, I’m also adding a regular yoga/strength training routine to each week.  A wise runner once told me that running only works certain muscles.  This can create a muscle imbalance, so it’s crucial to keep the arms, abs and legs strong for pumping up those hills while keeping a proper form, even as the body grows tired.  

Know what else is important?

Sleep.  Never understimate the power of a regular sleeping schedule. 😉

Question: Have you ever set a major goal for yourself?  What were some challenges you faced and what made you successful in the end?

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11 thoughts on “sixteen weeks

  1. I’m definitely aware of being a better runner when I am also strength training. I used to do weights 2 hours a week; now I do 2 sessions of ashtanga in the hopes of reviving my once-useful upper-body muscles!

  2. Hurray! I’m so excited for you! That makes two of us training for a 1/2 Marathon! You could not be more right about balancing running with yoga & strength & stretching. I have begun to incorporate more cross-training into my work-out schedule and notice the difference.

    I’m still working towards my ULTIMATE goal of becoming a registered dietitian. There will be obstacles, no doubt. But I believe my determination & motivation will help me overcome anything I encounter!

  3. I’ve been following your blog for a while, and just wanted to pop in to let you know how much I enjoy your writing style and reading about your cooking adventures. It sounds like you have a very smart plan for your half-marathon. Good luck!

  4. Getting my Masters has been a big goal, and hard working full time, but I will finally be done in May! Woo hoo! You will be done too right? P.S. I gave you a Stylish Blogger Award over on my blog. I know you are alredy famous, lol, but you take the prettiest pictures!!

  5. EEE! I’m so excited for you! I will definitly be following you while you train. I’m looking at starting training myself for my first half marathon and am nerrrvouus.

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