Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 8

Happy Easter
How far do you have to run to burn off your Easter candy?

1 peep                                   1/3 mile

1 marshmallow egg                    1 mile
1 Reese’s egg                         1 3/4 miles
1 Cadbury cream egg              1 1/2 miles
1 dark chocolate coconut egg    1 1/4 miles
(my favorite are the coconut eggs!)

This week: (days 54-60)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


A peek ahead to next week: (days 61-65)

Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 2miles
Thursday – off
Friday – off
Saturday – Race Day

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 7

Today is an 8 mile run day.  Why cut back on the miles?  To prepare you for next Sunday’s 13 miler.  It’s the trial run.  Some say you don’t need to get in a 13 mile run before running a half.  If you want to swap that day out for 10 miles, go ahead.  Most full marathon training schedules only go to a 20 miler, but I feel that if you are feeling good then go for it – and time it.  It will give you that much more satisfaction for completing your 1/2 marathon in a couple of weeks AND for setting a new personal best on that day.  The adrenaline, crowd energy, and co-runners will push you faster than you run in your training runs.  Guaranteed!

This week: (days 47-53)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 5 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 13 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


A peek ahead to next week: (days 54-60)

Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 6

Oh no!  I’m late for this post.  What to do when you don’t have a schedule – wing it.
-run your favorite distance
-run your fastest mile
-run your furthest distance
-run your favorite course
-cross train
-do anything just don’t skip a day because one will turn into two, then three and then you’re back on the sofa


This week: (days 33-39)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 10 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


A peek ahead to next week: (days 40-46)

Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 5

The weather is finally breaking – woot woot!  There goes the last excuse for getting off of the couch and getting moving.  Don’t worry if you are not fast.  Fast is relative.  Just move.

If you are a seasoned runner and you haven’t started training yet, but you have been running, there is

still time for you to jump on this schedule and complete a half marathon on April 18, 2015.

This week: (days 26-32)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 3 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

A peek ahead to next week: (days 33-39)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 10 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


Stop Looking For Balance

Often, people ask me “how do you balance it all”? Work, running, parenting, wife, volunteer . . .

Balance?
The truth is, I don’t.
The bigger truth is, I would never want to.
I am sure it is the same truth for you.

Balance means everything is equal.
Most of us don’t want equal emphasis on career and family as other things.  These are the big two. An example from the book reviewed below, which illustrates it awesomely, is comparing fitness to your career.  You don’t need to exercise 40 plus hours a week to maintain your desired level of fitness.  Good news right?  Maybe just an hour 3 or 4 times per week.  Your boss definitely wants more from you in your job.  So are fitness and career balanced?  Of course not.

If not balance, then what?  Great question.
Purpose.
You have to know what you want and how important it is to you.
Will it be worth missing a few soccer games?
Is it worth being passed over for a promotion?
When you know what matters most and why, then you know how to cut up the pie.  You know which activities require more time
and
if you stay focused and true to your purpose,
you won’t be searching
for balance.

Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True SuccessTake the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success by Rory Vaden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I love most about this book is that it reinforces what we all know and that is that hard work, persistence, and sweat equity is and always will be the key to success. There is no magic pill. There is no 4 hour body. There is only self discipline. I love this quote from the book

“Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day.”

The reason I love this is because you can replace the word “success” with whatever goal you are striving for.

“Fitness is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day”.
“Financial freedom is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day”.
“Great relationships are never owned; they are only rented – and the rent is due every day”.
“__________ is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day”.

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