GOOD MORNING! Or good afternoon! I guess it depends on where you’re reading from. It’s still technically morning here in Chicago so we’ll go with that. I totally forgot to share my workouts last week but I’m back. Although, I don’t have much to share because I barely left my apartment last week, ha!
If you’re out of the loop, Chicago went through an awful freezing cold polar vortex spell last week. We’re talkin’ nearly -50F with the wind chill on Wednesday and Thursday and we even got snow on Monday. It was terrible and so many things were shut down and cars were stalling all over the place. I had to work at the hospital on Wednesday when we were going through the worst of it – luckily, my car started for my drive home. Can I move yet?
On another note, my training for the Illinois Half Marathon officially starts today! I’ll be following a modified Hal Higdon Novice 2 program this go around so my first official run isn’t until tomorrow. (When I say modified, I mean I’ll be incorporating more strength training.) When I made the decision to drop out of the Chicago Marathon in September, I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to run a distance race again. However, I’ve been really working on my fitness and losing weight (I’ve lost 8 pounds since mid-December) and decided I wanted to give it a go.
I really love the half marathon distance and I think it’s perfect for someone like me: a hobby jogger who enjoys a bit of a challenge. At this point in my life and my fitness, I don’t want to spend too much of my time running. With the half marathon, my longest training run will take me around 2 hours (whereas my longest marathon training run would’ve been 3+ hours). And bonus? The Illinois Half is my favorite race to date – there’s something so special about running around the UIUC Campus! My friend Kerry is running the race, too, and we’re going to make a weekend out of it and hit up all of my old favorite spots after the race!
Here are my goals for 2019
One of my goals for this year is to run 2 half-marathons. Well, I’ve already signed up for the Illinois Half in April so I just need to find another race to do. Ideally, I’d like to do a fall race but I can’t settle on one just yet because Matt and I are still finalizing other plans for later on this year.
I also set a goal to get back to a healthy weight this year. I’m down 8 pounds since mid-December and I’d like to drop another 5 in this month. It’s definitely doable, especially with where I’m currently at. Will report back 😉 The number on the scale isn’t as important as how I look and feel so I’ve been taking monthly measurements and progress photos. Maybe one day I’ll share them. Maybe.
Another goal of mine for this month is to get 9 blog posts up. My ultimate goal is to blog 3-4 times per week but baby steps!
- Monday: No workout. I babysat for 2 different families on Monday and slept in. LIFE.
- Tuesday: Nike Training Club workout
- Wednesday: No workout
- Thursday: Intervals on the treadmill + back workout
- Friday: 3 miles on the treadmill
- Saturday: 3 miles on the treadmill + legs at the gym
- Sunday: 3 miles on the treadmill + a sauna session – not technically a workout but it did feel GREAT!
Hope you’re all having a great start to your week!