Half Marathon Training

by Kitchen Ladies

IMG_6185My training route over the Rickenbacker Causeway from Brickell to Key Biscayne

Three and a half months ago, had someone told me I would be running a 13.1 mile race all over downtown Miami and South Beach I wouldn’t have believed it, but now, in less than five days, I’ll be competing in my first-ever half marathon (http://www.ingmiamimarathon.com/). I’ve always been a moderate runner, but living in South Florida, where people are constantly outside exercising, I started to push myself to work out harder, not only for the physical benefits, but also because it is a great way to connect with new people.

A handful of my friends are running this Sunday as well and a few of them have run full marathons in the past. Prepping for this event took me approximately 14 weeks (thanks to Maggie’s training schedule): running five times a week with two days that I either took off or went to a Bikram yoga class. What has been the most important thing for me, up to this point, is hydration. I make sure to get at least two liters of water a day. My diet consists of a Green Drink in the morning, followed by two eggs and wheat toast and then for the rest of the day I abide by the paleo guidelines with my exception being vanilla Greek yogurt from time-to-time (I have an insatiable sweet tooth so if there is any sort of sugar in my house I’m in trouble).

Similar training program (click here)

Wish me luck! Kirsten

IMG_6190My running essentials.