The training continues and I've decided to share my week by week journey with ya'll in hopes of keeping myself a little more motivated, to have some accountability and to answer some questions as they come up. So sit back and enjoy the ride because this is going to be an interesting 16 weeks....
I am currently in week TWO of my "personalized" training plan and we are inching our way closer and closer to my 2nd marathon which will be on January 29th 2017 in none other than beautiful MIAMI. The 2015 Miami Marathon was my first marathon and even through the treacherous mileage and pain on race day, I said I'd NEVER do it again BUT here we are, training for another. NEVER say NEVER because life is FULL of obstacles and challenges are what make us stronger individuals. I was a little injured during that first marathon so I am doing a little different this time around and really monitoring my runs AND eating plan. My goal is to IMPROVE my performance AND completion time. 2015 completion time was approximately 04:34:00 and 2017 WILL BE approximately 04:15:00. It may not seem like much BUT shaving almost a minute off of EVERY 26.2 miles is A LOT in the running world BUT I know I can do this. I am stronger, my training is different and I am READY to tackle this.
My training schedule may be different than others but thats OK, we all do things differently around here and one is not better than the other.
Below is whats on the schedule this week:
Monday: Fit4Lyfe Workout
Tuesday: 3.5 miles at a HIGH Intensity Interval Running Pace
Wednesday: Fit4Lyfe Workout
Thursday: 2.5 miles at a MAX Intensity Interval Running Pace
Friday: 2.5 Mile Recovery Run
Saturday: Savage Race in Dade City, FL---- 7 miles + 26 Obstacles
Sunday: REST (MAYBE---- I rest when my body tells me, not because a schedule demands it.)
Annnnnnnnnnd the eating plan! YES, I am going to give you all a little sneak peak into WHAT keeps this machine going and HOW I fuel myself during these intense runs and workouts. Surprisingly I am really excited about this part of the marathon sharing because its gonna keep me really engaged and focused on staying on track. Its SO easy to fall off when you're not accountable to anyone---- SO this is gonna keep the cake AWAY (well... kinda... sorta... I mean who am I fooling... I LOVE CAKE) and the healthy meals rolling in!
As of right now, I am following a pretty low-carb, high-fat meal plan--- this is what has worked for ME over the past 6 months and I have noticed a HUGE difference in the overall way I feel (Its actually been my saving grace right about now... will share more later about that.). I do NOT count calories or portion sizes or anything like that. I've done that for YEARS and after my history with an eating disorder, competing in the NPC Bikini Division last year and becoming SO compulsive and obsessive with it and going through a SHIT-STORM with my weight and health, I decided that it was in my best interest (and health) to stay away. I just EAT.... EAT clean... EAT whole foods... EAT clean proteins... EAT minimal processed... EAT almost NO fried foods... EAT NO fast food unless it's an apple on the way out the door... and then... I EAT CAKE whenever the hell I want to! ;-) I am not saying this plan will work for you BUT if you have any bad self-talk regarding food and meals and exercise and the way you look, you are PROBABLY sitting EXACTLY where I was sitting--- so I GET IT! STOP the diets and start living!
Below is a little look into WHAT I am eating and its pretty freaking COOL because as the days and weeks go by, you can come back here, click the tab and see the updates (it WILL change week to week and event to event and party to party... haha). This plan goes hand-in-hand with MY training. Its the real deal and unfortunately, may not be too exciting; haha. I do not recommend you just copying and doing yourself. Contact ME... lets chat... lets come up with a plan based upon your needs and your goals.
So yeah... here we GO and its gonna be FUN! I thank you in advance for your support and for reading my updates. I know its gonna be a journey and I truly believe in what they say.... IF it doesn't CHALLENGE YOU, it doesn't CHANGE YOU! If you are on a journey too, I'd LOVE to hear your story. Contact me any time... I plan on being around for a while.