• Joanel B.

Shelter in Place Half Marathon training

Updated: Mar 27


With everything that's happening in this crazy world today I realized that I feel the most at peace when I am working out and focused on getting stronger. So when Tony Forte, one of my favorite Barry's instructors, said that he wanted to start a Shelter in Place half marathon training team I signed up right away. The funny part was I signed up without realizing/remembering that a half marathon is 13.1 miles! Once I realized it was took late, I had already DM'd Tony confirming my interest lol.


Fast forward to this week, my first week of training! Monday was 2 miles at my base pace which was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. I've always wanted to run the Embarcadero and took advantage of a quiet morning. I was really surprised by how easy it was to run 2 miles, not that it was easy but that the time flew by. If you're looking for a quiet place to run with a view, I highly suggest anything around that area because it's flat and you can practice social distancing really easily.


Tuesday we needed to do some cross training and that's when I realized how much I miss sitting my behind on a Stages bike just like the ones in SoulCycle and Equinox. I was able to teach myself through my own Cycling class with my own playlist just like I was teaching my own class of invisible students. I also realized that I needed to grab some different weights I only had 3s and 12s+ at home so I grabbed these from Target along with these sliding discs for a low impact workout. I was annoyed that they didn't have 10lb dumbbells but these plates will do just fine.


Wednesday called for a 3 mile run with interval sprints or hill climbs. It was raining on and off so I decided to run where it was sunny at the moment and picked the Bay Trail. I used the Tabata Pro app to help me with my intervals along with the Nike Run Club app. I woke up a little sore but I attribute a lot of that to my heavy arm/shoulders workout from the day before. I will say those sprints really got my mind in the right place and running without music really interesting. Tony says that running without music can help you run faster and I can see how that's true, especially if you tend to run to the beat of the music.


Today was my last day of training before a rest day. I was tasked with running another 2 miles at the same pace as I did on Monday. I ran it and talked on the phone for a little bit but this time my pace was slower than Monday lol. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's recovery day. I'll post all of the items I'm using to help restore my muscles in a new post.



 

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