I am in my 2nd week of training for the Yukon Do It Half Marathon, which is on New Year’s Eve. This year will be my 5th time participating in this particular half marathon!
|In the last mile of the 2014 Yukon Do It Marathon|
My approach for training for this year’s race is much different than it has been in the past:
I am strength training.
I tend to avoid any sort of exercise that requires upper body strength, and my core muscles are problematically weak. I added these types of workouts to my schedule though in hopes that seeing them written down will force me to do them. So far it’s working!
I am logging fewer miles.
Normally running is my only form of exercise. Now that I am incorporating other types of workouts, I am easing back on how much I run (for now). I don’t have a gym membership and winter is approaching. By intentionally planning on running less, I feel less stress about trying to manage long runs in freezing temperatures.
I am eating more protein.
I was a vegetarian/vegan up until a few years ago, so I don’t eat much meat. This coupled with the fact that I have a dairy allergy means that I really don’t consume the recommended amount of protein. Over the past few weeks I have been intentionally adding protein to my diet. For instance, I have been eating eggs for breakfast instead of oatmeal. Just by making small changes like this, I have doubled the amount of protein I get in a normal day.
Here is my training schedule:
I am excited to make progress! I think by focusing on getting stronger, my finish times should improve. My stride length is normally pretty short, and I think this is because I am lacking in leg strength. It will be interesting to see if I see any improvements just by making these few changes, even though I won’t be logging as many miles as I normally do. I will keep you posted!