training for a half marathon | week 1

Fitness Files. Fit Fridays. Friday Fitness. I mean, there are actually a lot of titles I could have used for this series but it was just too cheesy. I decided to keep it simple instead of inventing some catchy series. I opted to go with the obvious and boring title. 
As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I started training for a half marathon. It’s been over 2 years since my last half and I basically became a couch potato during that time. Needless to say, I’m pretty much starting over on the fitness front. Nothing like an expensive race with a deadline to kick my butt into gear. I’m loosely working off of this 12 week plan mostly just to keep some sense of accountability and remind me what mileage I’m on. Over the next several weeks, I’m also going to try to document my “journey” here so that you can follow along.
|| Monday ||
Ran 3 treadmill miles (3 min run / 2 min walk).
While watching House Hunters and Pioneer Woman…It’s super hilly where we live and since I don’t really know my way around, I’ve been running on the treadmill to save some energy. I plan on doing longer runs outside on some of the awesome trails.
|| Tuesday ||
Barre Strength at the gym.
It’s basically Pure Barre but I really liked the class as something different. Kind of wondering what you have to do to become an instructor…
|| Wednesday ||
60 min Cycle class with C. 
Within 5 minutes of the class starting, I always hate myself and wonder why the heck I signed up. It was a butt-kicking workout but I felt good about it since this was supposed to be a “run” day but I cross-trained instead.
|| Thursday ||
30 min FitStar Yoga at home
C needed the car so instead of lunchtime yoga at the gym, I just did a class at home. I like this app a lot especially for quick and easy yoga on the got.
|| Friday ||
Rest! Yay! (Oh and travel to Michigan for Becca’s wedding!!)
|| Saturday ||
4 miles which I will probably try to run at the gym at the hotel or somewhere outside before Becca’s wedding.
|| Sunday ||
Rest and travel home from Chicago!
Overall, I think this is a great first week especially since I need a little hand holding as I ease back into a regular workout schedule. 
PS. You NEED one of those water bottles. It’s the water bottle to end all water bottles (truth. I got rid of all the other ones I own!!!). It’s from Swell and it keeps cold stuff cold for 24 HOURS and hot for 12 HOURS! I tested it and it REALLY works even in a hot car! 
(I was not paid to say this…I purchased the bottle with my own money and I’m simple obsessed.)
Are you signed up for any races this fall? Do you listen to music or podcasts? Suggestions?

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