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My Half-Marathon Mantra

I went outside of my comfort level to try the latest CrossFit studio in NYC. (Photo courtesy of CrossFit212)

Week one – done and done! I have to say that the first week of training went surprisingly well. I can't tell you how much it helps to have a good training program to follow. It was truly my saving grace last week by keeping me on track with my runs. Even though I usually run four times a week, it's amazing how different it was for me to basically run every day. Not to mention having a plan that dictates your mileage!

For the most part I did stick to the plan. Due to traveling, I switched two days around but managed to get all the miles in regardless. Even as I write this, sitting on a plane headed to the West coast, it feels great knowing that I got up extra early this morning to run. Just like I said, “done and done” was my motto for the week. I’m also happy with my choice to follow the beginner plan, because although I feel like I'm in good physical shape, I am very much a beginner as far as racing goes.

For my strength training last week I chose to go with CrossFit. This decision was two fold. First, I've been dying to try it. Second, Bob Harper swears by it and has been encouraging me to do it, so I figured there was no better time than the present. I went to a new box that opened in Tribeca called CrossFit212. It was my first workout and I am already hooked! I was terrified, but everyone there was so encouraging and the coaches really took the time to make sure I knew what I was doing. I think it's going to offer not only amazing strength training, but also a great mix up to all the running I’ll be doing.

On top of all the physical training I did this week, I also set some goals. I will admit that I'm a complete nerd when it comes to this kind of stuff. I got all wrapped up into setting speed and time goals that I was already feeling the pressure. I decided that instead of crunching numbers and constantly worrying about my pace, my goal is to finish strong, no matter what that looks like. I want to be faithful in my training and approach this race as prepared and ready as I can be. I want to enjoy the day and finish, despite what my time may be. Sounds good, right? It does to me too.

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