March In Review: Fives weeks of half marathon training + my thoughts on BBG thus far

 

Before I get into the past month, I have an announcement to make: I decided to re-introduce animal protein into my diet. I’ve been struggling with low energy, fatigue, and meat cravings. So, I’m going to slowly start eating meat again.

JK. Happy April Fool’s Day :) Still a happy vegan!

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Sakura plate for spring :)

Anyway… March absolutely flew by. I started training for the Brooklyn Airbnb half marathon (currently on week 5), and this morning I completed week 4 of 12 of Kayla Itsine’s BBG workout program. My total for March came out to around 84 miles of running and 38 miles of biking.

It was a sort of a counter-intuitive month for me in terms of the volume/balance of workouts. Since I’m training for a half marathon, you would think my mileage would increase, but this was actually one of the lowest mileage months I’ve had in a while.

I ran about five days a week, which is more than I’m used to, but the mileage was also less than what I’m used to so it balanced out. My program (Hal Higdon’s intermediate) only calls for around 20 miles of running for the first few weeks, so it’s been pretty easy to manage. I had minimal knee issues (something I’ve struggled with on and off for a while), and the speed workouts weren’t so bad. I did most of them on the treadmill because it’s easier to control my speed that way. I hate the treadmill and prefer to avoid it, but the workouts were only about 3 miles– which falls just under my treadmill tolerance threshold of ~4 miles– so they were totally doable. I may switch to running outdoors when the speed workouts get longer.

My workout schedule was pretty consistent this month:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday included a shorter cardio workout, followed by BBG, finished off with 10 minutes of stretching (a little over an hour total). Tuesday/Thursday included a speed run (3 or 4 miles) and a quick stretch. On Saturday or Sunday I did my long runs (between 6-8 miles) with a quick stretch. This came out to 6 days of workouts, 1 day of rest a week.

I included the amount of time I stretch because I think it’s so important! Stretching is often overlooked as something supplementary, unnecessary, or time consuming. I only do a proper stretch routine on days that I go to the gym, which probably isn’t the best but still makes such a difference. First of all, stretching feels great and is super relaxing. I love having it to look forward to during my workouts– I’ll often think to myself, Just get through this next round. You’ll get to sit down and stretch in 10 more minutes! It helps make the workout that much easier to complete. It also helps reduce soreness for the next day and reduces the risk for injury. And, it’s fun to see my flexibility improve as the weeks progress.

Tomorrow I’m running the Scotland 10K in Central Park, which I’m excited about. It’s been a few weeks since my last race so I’m feeling refreshed and ready for this one! I’m going to tack on two miles before the race to make it my 8 mile long-run scheduled for this weekend.

So far so good on the half marathon training front. Now onto BBG.

My first thought on BBG is: Wow, it is much harder than I thought it would be. I was under the impression that the workouts wouldn’t be so challenging since they’re targeted to the everyday lady wanting to get a little more in shape, toned, or slim. I mean, it’s called the Bikini Body Guide… can you blame me?

But MAN! Kayla does not joke around. When I do my own strength workouts I usually sweat a fair amount, but I am DRIPPING sweat after every BBG workout. Like, drops falling onto the mat, clothes drenched, must-shower-immediately level. I’ve been sore after almost every workout, and since I do three of them a week, I’ve been sore most days of the week for the past four weeks… :O The workouts are definitely challenging, but not impossible (EXCEPT COMMANDOS! WHY! They are the devil), so I am really enjoying them. Well, I don’t enjoy them while I’m doing them, but afterward I always feel great. I weighed myself the other day and I gained about 3 pounds since I started the program four weeks ago, so I’m hoping that means I’m gaining muscle…! Crossing my fingers. Most likely just some flab though. Or water weight.  -___-

T-7 weeks until the half marathon! I have three other races scheduled between now and the half (Scotland 10K, City Parks Foundation Run, and Japan Run), so it should be a busy and fun April.

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