It’s been a HOT minute since I’ve posted but I promise it’s for good reason. I’ve been working on something SO FREAKING EXCITING and I can’t wait to share it with you in the next month or so.
To give you a hint: There’s going to be SO much newness at HH|HH. So get ready!
Another new thing that I’ve been doing is training for a half marathon. I had been going back and forth on whether I should run on for a long time now. But it wasn’t until one of my clients kept pushing me (thank you, Chandler!), that I decided to go for it. I have a little less than a month left of training and so far I’m up to 9 miles. So I think I’m on track!
To sum it up, Aaptiv is an on demand fitness app with thousands of pre-recorded workouts by kick ass fitness trainers.
Treadmill, elliptical, stair master, outdoor running, yoga, strength training…you name it! Aaptiv has it.
This app has been a regular part of my workout routine for some time now! I love it especially for outdoor running and work outs. Having someone guide me through a workout (even if it’s pre-recorded) makes me feel like I’m not alone in this sweaty misery I call cardio.
AND YES, sometimes personal trainers need personal trainers too! So it’s been perfect for me.
But you wouldn’t believe how absolutely ecstatic I was when I found out Aaptiv had a half marathon training program.
I DIE. I AM LITERALLY DEAD WITH HAPPINESS.
Like the fact that I wouldn’t have to trudge through 13 miles in pure boredom was motivation enough for me to start training. Aaptiv made it really easy for me to prepare for my 12 week long training program. It laid out each and every day of the program, including my strength training and recovery days. So there’s no surprises.
Plus my girl Rochelle totally kills the playlist game. Every workout had the best music to keep the pace while running!
As a new-ish runner, I literally knew nothing about proper long distance running form, stride length, pace regulation, or how to drink you freaking water while running (UGH). So it was nice having someone in my ear to remind me of all that stuff WHILE I was actually running.
Here are a few things I learned from listening to Rochelle while training:
+ Keeping a moderate pace is SUPER important. At first when I started training, I would punch out a 7.5 minute mile for like the first 2 miles. But after my distances started getting into the 5 and 6 mile range, it was nearly impossible to maintain such a fast pace. It took me awhile, but I finally learned how to slooowwww down and keep a steady pace. Rochelle would remind me to keep my pace about 90 seconds slower than my fastest mile, and it works every time!
+ Avoid heel strike! I didn’t even realize how big of a deal this can be until I had CONSTANT shin splints for like days and days. But heel strike is no joke. When running, don’t lead with the heel by flexing the foot each step. Instead, lead each step with a softened ankle so that you land more flat footed. My babe Meagan shows a good example of this HERE.
+ Drink water while you run. This was sooo difficult for me to get used to because I HATE having crap in my hands while I’m running. I don’t even hold my phone in my hand! I literally run with a mini fanny pack around my waist and don’t touch my phone the whole time. So getting used to having a water bottle in my hands was definitely a struggle, BUT definitely worth it. I noticed a huge difference in my runs. I had more energy, I didn’t get over heated, and I didn’t have to stop during my run to drink from a water fountain!
+ There’s something called cadence?!?! So Rochelle kept reminding me of my pace but also she would remind me of where my cadence should be. And at first, I honestly thought those were the same thing, buuuuut I was wrong. They are both equally important though! So basically, your cadence is measured by the number of steps you take in a minute, while your pace determined by how long it would take you to run a mile. The key with your cadence is to keep your stride lengths at a moderate distance. Meaning, don’t try to leap like a gazelle with every step but also don’t take steps that are inches apart.
I mean WOW…who knew there was so much to learn.
But I am staying super motivated during my training and having my amazing HH|HH babes supporting me really keeps me accountable. So much love!
My half marathon date is July 9th so I have a little less than a month before the real deal. So I’ll definitely keep you updated and give ya a little recap afterwards.
Have you ran a half marathon or are wanting to?! Comment any tips or questions for a beginner runner such as myself.