Cross-Training

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m all signed up for the Walnut Creek Half Marathon next month on December 8. This will be my second half marathon and it’s been 2 years since my last one AND…since I have procrastinated my training this time around, I needed to come up with a short-term training program ASAP. 
So, after some internet perusing, I found this training schedule. The area in red marks today, so I have approximately 5.5 weeks until race time.
(the schedule below has been modified by increasing the mileage a bit to match my current intensity level):

Beginner
Program
Week
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
Sun.
1
Rest
2-mi EZ
30-min XT
2-mi EZ
Rest
30-min XT
4-mi LNG
2
Rest
2.5-mi EZ
30-min XT
2.5-mi EZ
Rest
35-min XT
5-mi LNG
3
Rest
3-mi EZ
30-min XT
3.5 mi EZ
Rest
40-min XT
7-mi LNG
4
Rest
4-mi EZ
30-min XT
4.5-mi EZ
Rest
45-min XT
8.5-mi LNG
5
Rest
4.5-mi EZ
30-min XT
5-mi EZ
Rest
50-min XT
9.5-mi LNG
6
Rest
5-mi EZ
30-min XT
5.5-mi EZ
Rest
55-min XT
10.5-mi LNG
7
Rest
6-mi EZ
30-min XT
7-mi EZ
Rest
60-min XT
11-mi LNG
8
Rest
4-mi EZ
Rest
3-mi EZ
Rest
Rest
Half-
Marathon

KEY
EZ
easy run
XT
cross-train
LNG
long run
SPD
speed-work
TMP
tempo run
PC
race pace
RC
race
I wanted to share 2 DVDs that have been my go-to workouts when I don’t want to run and when it’s not a soccer night (since I’m supposed to be “cross-training” twice a week, these are perfect substitutes).

Here’s the first: 
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian….????? Who knew, right??! I didn’t jump on the Jillian Michaels bandwagon until just a few weeks ago when I discovered this DVD at the library. She’s amazing. I love that she’s not another annoying fitness instructor trying to be cute and sexy and pretentiously relatable to her audience. She’s all business and her dialogue (especially at the end during cool-down) is genuine and refreshing…or at least I think so!

The Six Week Six Pack workout is great because it’s CARDIO-BASED. It’s not just a bunch of crunches, but rather, has fast-paced dynamic movements that give you a full body workout including core-focused exercises that are integrated throughout the routine. 
Highly recommended!
The next DVD is:
Bob Harper: Yoga for the Warrior 
Bob Harper is known as “The Biggest Loser” tv series trainer. This is another DVD I found on the shelves at the library and decided to give it a try…and I’m glad I did! I’m VERY picky about my yoga…it can’t be too slow, too long of a routine, too WEIRD (AKA too meditative/all about earth-wind-fire-water, etc.). I love that yoga has a detoxifying/spirit renewing philosophy, but that’s not why I do it. I do like to use it to relax and meditate, but only for a couple of minutes…not the entire session. The reason I do yoga is to stretch my muscles/ligaments and gain flexibility & strength, which definitely renews my body to better enjoy the other recreational and sport activities I participate in.  

So those 2 DVD workouts are my cross-training strategies for this half-marathon training thingy…oh and playing soccer when I can…like when Little C and Daniel are already asleep 🙂
(and Daniel is willing to be on baby-call for a couple of hours despite having to wake up super early for work! Thanks, babe!!!)

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