Over the past several months I’ve been working SO hard on a project that I’m truly thrilled to finally be sharing with all of you!!!!! As most of you know, running is one of my biggest passions. In the last six years I’ve done countless half marathons, the St. George Marathon and NYC Marathon and I’ve learned so much from each race I’ve completed… so I had the idea to create my very own Running Guide!
My Running Guide ($25) which will be an automatic download and sent directly to your email after purchase, along with this cute GRL PWR tank ($28 – very limited quantities) will launch and be available for purchase on my blog THIS SUNDAY!
I first started working on this in January when my twins were only a couple weeks old. I was still a month or so away from actually being able to run, so in my down time between feedings and diapers I began working on a schedule to get myself back into shape. It had been one year since I had run due to all my IUI and IVF treatments. I wanted so badly to commit and get going again, but I also needed sleep and a little extra motivation. I recognized that I probably wasn’t the only woman out there coming off a pregnancy or wanting to get into shape that needed that extra motivation, because taking the first step and completing that first run isn’t easy! So in making this running guide I am hoping to motivate those that need it.
I think women have an incredible ability to inspire and empower each other! We all come from different backgrounds and in different shapes and sizes. We have all had different experiences but can do this hard thing together. Here is my disclaimer, I am not a super athlete, I will not be winning the next Boston Marathon, but I’m going to do the absolute best that I can, and that’s the fun part! I can promise that the information in this guide will help you accomplish things that you didn’t think were possible and you’ll love it!
My hope is that this guide can be a starting place for those of you who have always wanted to train for a race but haven’t known how or where to begin, or a refreshing reminder to those of you who have a similar love for running but have gotten out of the habit, or simply a new resource to help those of you who are already running races and want to learn something new.
All you need to start are three things:
° A good training plan: My Running Guide is 30 pages long and trains for 10 weeks. It goes in depth on long runs, speed work, cross training, recovery strategies and injury prevention. It has a strengthening section and nutrition section along with race day tips and so much more!
° A good pair of running socks: You may not think socks are that important, but they are!! Feetures are an absolute must have! I won’t run in anything else. I’ve tried before and was so sorry that I did.
Once you have these things you are ready to go!
FIND A FRIEND and make a goal to run a half marathon together. Almost ANYONE, whether they are fit or not fit, can run and finish a half marathon. Running with a friend will make your goal to train and finish a half marathon much easier and a lot more fun! Use each other to stay accountable.
MAKE TIME Training for a half marathon takes a lot of time. Talk to your husband, friends or family and get them on board to support and help you accomplish this amazing goal. It will take up to 10 weeks of your life. There is nothing quite like crossing that finish line. The adrenaline that comes with it makes all the blood, sweat, tears and time worth it.
Write down your GOALS and print off the training guide I am providing and hang it up on your bathroom mirror or fridge. Somewhere you will see it every day.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. You are stronger than you think you are. Yes, you can run 13.1 miles. The very first step out the door is the hardest.
COMMIT. If you can commit and accomplish your goal it can change your life!
I want this to be something that we can all do TOGETHER! The idea is that we each make our own goal and help each other stick with it (I’m personally training for a few half marathons this summer and a full marathon in the fall). This gives you about a week to sign up for an upcoming race and mentally prepare yourself before training starts on Monday!! I will be sharing my progress and I hope you all will do the same. I know that we can learn so much from each other! So commit yourself TODAY. There’s no time like the present!