I did it! I made it through another week of Jillian Michaels. Did I tell you she rocks?! I am really loving this 90 day body revolution. I continue to get stronger and my measurements continue to change for the better. Workouts 3 and 4 were not as scary as I had anticipated. Thank goodness. I think having a good head start (running program) has helped a lot. Each week I continue to make myself proud with what I have accomplished. Now I do have one confession….I did miss one workout this week. I didn’t do the JM cardio on Wed. I had an appointment Wed morning and decided to put it off until evening, well that didn’t happen. But as promised in my last blog, I wasn’t too hard on myself. Wed also happened to be a scheduled running day off so I did NOTHING as far as exercise goes that day. And you know what, I am alright with that. Because in addition to JM I also started my official Rock n Roll Half training schedule. The half is in Sept.
As far as training goes, I have decided to follow the “Train Like a Mother” half marathon “Finish It” program along with continuing the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Program. I looked into the “Own It” Half Marathon Version, but just didn’t see that happening with the hubby away and because I really want to continue JM. This way I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds. So in a way its kind of like my “Finish/Own It” program. I also have been concentrating on my running form. When I first started running I apparently was a heel striker (hey at the time I had no idea). This lead to shin splints. I don’t even want to talk about that! So I forced myself to become a forefoot runner. I switched to a very light minimalist type show and it worked for a while, but my feet always felt tired and sore after any long runs, even after months and months. Then in December I developed PF. I switched to a more supportive yet still fairly lightweight shoe (I had been running in Saucony Kinvara 2’s now I am in Asics Gel Excel 33’s) so I could make it thru my scheduled (and PAID for!!) 3 half marathons. What a HUGE difference! I visited a reputable running store and the man spent lots of time with me to find the right shoe. My feet were very thankful and I have never looked back. In the end I actually did 4 half marathons Feb-May instead of the scheduled 3. 🙂
My goal now is to become an efficient midfoot runner. I am really concentrating on all the Chi Running techniques I have read and slowly introduced since July of last year (it takes most people quite a while to learn) and I know it is finally paying off. This week I did a 6 miles with an average pace of under 10min/mile. I had never sustained that before. And the great thing is I never got tired or fatigued during the entire run! It was an AWESOME feeling. I know the weather contributed a lot too. We had been having some really cool/comfortable running weather recently. But hey I will take it!! The rest of this week has been HOT and humid, I was glad to have already gotten that 6 miles in.
So my goals for this upcoming week will be to continue to work on my form, stretch a lot, and try to keep up the schedule.