As I have mentioned
a couple a bunch of times, I am planning to run NYC Runs Brooklyn Half Marathon on Sunday. This will be a very interesting half marathon because I have not really trained at all for it.
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom:
Early in 2022, I thought that I had great momentum for my 2022 resolution of running a half marathon each month and setting up some attainable running goals.
I’m not sure what happened but somewhere along the way I lost my running motivation and did not really care that I was not hitting the street (or treadmill) and logging in some miles. Now, I am less than a week away from running a half marathon where I more than likely will have my worst performance. For NYC Runs Brooklyn Half Marathon, I plan on running 1 mile -> walking run 1 mile -> and repeating this cycle for the 13.1 miles. Actually, I hope that I can run a mile at this point ;). Maybe I should do a cycle of walking 0.25 miles and walking 1 mile for the 13.1 miles.
I guess this will be my rock bottom . . . In other words, there is nowhere to go but up after this week’s half marathon. While I will have a horrible performance on Sunday, I hope this will light a fire under my ass to get back to meeting some of my 2022 running goals especially since NYC Marathon training season is right around the corner.
That said, I am looking forward (somewhat) to running through the streets of Brooklyn. I’m partially excited that the half marathon’s course will take us through (under) Brooklyn’s three iconic (or near iconic) bridges – Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges. I will say that I am NOT looking forward to the middle and last portions of the half because there will be some climbs.
Well . . . Since I pretty much will be walking half of this half marathon, I guess that I will have plenty of photos from the race. 😉
Ok, so I am in the last week of Beachbody’s 10 Rounds, and I need to move one to another Beachbody cardio-esque training program.
While eating tacos, I decided on a few options:
22 Minute Hard Corps
This is an 8-week, 22-minute, 6 days a week bootcamp training program. It looks fun, but I fear that 22 minutes would not be enough for it to “work”. Keep in mind that I do not have a definition for “work”. From my understanding, it’s 22 minutes because there is no warmup. With that in mind, I guess it’s the same length of time as most of the 30-min programs, which contain a warmup. Also, I would need some additional gear for this program: dumbbells (I have those), chin-up bar, a resistance band with door attachment, and sandbags. Actually, I think that I have the resistance bands; I believe that was a random pandemic purchase, which I used once or twice.
Core de Force
This is a 30-day MMA training program that has daily 27-46 minute workouts. While the program has participants working out every day, there is a weekly active recovery day, which I guess would serve as a rest day. I will say that I have enjoyed Joel Freeman’s other programs – 10 Rounds and LIIFT4.
Insanity: The Asylum
This is a sequel to ShaunT’s Insanity, a program that has given me nice results way back in the day. The 60-day program has a combination of cardio, HIIT, and plyometric circuit training (25-60 minutes/workout). Quickly looking at some reviews of Insanity: The Asylum, folks recommend that you have a strong physical base before beginning the program.
What to do?
Based on my limited information, I think that I will go with Core de Force. Normally, when I do two concurrent programs, I like to have different trainers (ie different personalities) to mix things up. That said, Joel is pretty fun so I do not think that I mind doing two of his programs at the same time.
Goals for the week:
I remember that I used to list 3-5 weekly goals for my running updates. Let’s start that again
-Restarting my 2.5-3 mile lunch walks.
-Reading for at least 30-min a day.
-Preparing my workout clothes as soon as I arrive home from work.
-Daily stretching and planking (kinda already doing this).
-Developing a running calendar.
-Boulder at least once a week. Doesn’t make sense to pay for a bouldering gym membership that I hardly use.
Questions of the day:
-Have a pre marathon training plan that you wanna share? I guess this would be a plan to get me into decent running shape before training for NYC Marathon.
-Did you have a nice Easter (or as I call it Welcome Back Jesus Day) if you celebrate?
I don’t really have a “pre-anything” plan but if you want to know what not to do, it’s this: don’t strength train, don’t stretch, don’t hydrate, and don’t eat anything nutritional.
So, basically if you do the opposite of everything I just said, that’s my future plan!
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LOL. Very sound advice.
I have a great half marathon training plan that I used for my last several races but not a marathon plan so I’m not sure that would help you much. Good luck at the race this weekend!
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I think that could work. The plan is go get into decent running shape so I start an actual NYC marathon training program in June.
I like the half marathon plans on half marathons.net. For a marathon plan I used Hal Higdon’s plan last year.
Thanks for the info.
My marathon plan is run a bit longer each week for three weeks then have a rest week till I’m at 23, and go to bed an hour earlier from 3 months out. Hm. Will I do Reykjavik again next August?
And I had a very nice Easter – managed to work half-days on Friday and Monday, had a lovely walk with my husband on the Saturday which might have involved a bookshop (buying for someone else!) and on Sunday afternoon, we watched the brilliant new RSC Much Ado About Nothing which has an all-Black cast (apart from one servant and a comedy police officer) which was filmed and put on TV.
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Go for Reykjavik!!!!