13.1 Training – Day 1

Three years ago, I was SUPER active. I didn’t think twice about doing triathlons, marathons, 1/2 marathons, etc. But then, life took a turn. I gained two step kids, one biological kid and about 75 lbs.


Over the weekend as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw this post about a 1/2 Marathon in March 2017. It was only $30!!! That’s a fargain-bargain! Usually they’re at least DOUBLE that.

So, I did my research. If I signed up for it, I would have 12 weeks to train for it. I asked my Idiot friends for advice to see if they thought I could do it. Of course, because they’re Idiots, they said I could. So…I signed up for it.

This will be my first race in quite some time. Well, I did do the Holy War 5k a few months ago, but before that, I had done a race since 2014.

I’ve got some personal training background, so I’ll be training myself. Yesterday was day 1.

Oh boy have I got work to do. I live in a small apartment complex, so our gym there only has one treadmill, one elliptical, one stationary bike and a BUNCH of weights (yay!). I went to the gym and someone was already on the treadmill, so I hopped on the elliptical.

When I was actively training a couple of years ago, I despised the elliptical. I felt like I just wasn’t getting a workout. Well, last night was COMPLETELY different. I guess that goes to show how out of shape I am.


I think this will be a good intro to running again for me though. If I get on the treadmill, I feel like I have to be able to run a 10 min mile like I used to. That’s just asking for an injury. So, I think for the first couple of weeks I will stick to the elliptical and slowly introduce the treadmill.

Tonight I’m going to go do weights. I definitely need to work on my core. I know that will help with my running too.

What races do you have planned for 2017? If you could only choose between the elliptical and treadmill, which would you choose and why?


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