Spring ahead to a half marathon

It’s a Sun[ny]day here in NYC and I can barely move my legs because of my 11 mile training run to the George Washington Bridge yesterday. I am gearing up for the MORE/Fitness Women’s half marathon on April 3rd and praying that the weather cooperates, unlike last year’s 40 degrees and pouring rain.

Always wanted to run a half and don’t know where to start? Well, it’s time to move our clocks ahead and a great chance to move our feet with them. Here are my top 10 tips for gearing up for a new distance:

1. Just do it!

Sign up for the race (there’s no turning back now!)

2. Plan of attack

Mark your training runs down on a daily visible calendar. Use this great training calendar from Fitness Magazine to help you get started.

3. Get rockin!

Download some new tunes to get you motivated. My top picks right now include:
–  Lady Gaga, Born this way
–  S&M, Rihanna (sorry, Mom)
– Marry you, Bruno Mars

4. Big gulps, huh?

Start drinking more water to help keep you hydrated as you push your body to new limits.

5. R&R.

You need to make sure you are getting enough sleep each night to give your muscles adequate time to repair themselves from that day’s training run but you also must make sure you schedule in your rest days where you take the day off from running. Many running injuries are a result of overtraining: too much intensity, too many miles, too soon. It’s important to go easy when adding mileage or intensity to your training.

6.   Namaste.

A regular stretching routine can go a long way for injury prevention. I recently attended a “Yoga to the People” class in Midtown for only $5!

7. Here little piggy.

Be sure that your shoes aren’t worn out and that you have the right model for your feet and running style. Go to a specialty running shop where you can be properly fitted.

8. Carbs + protein =  A dynamic duo

It’s important to increase the percentage of carbs in your diet from about 60 to 70 percent to ensure you’re giving your body enough fuel to enhance your workouts. Protein is also important to add to your post-workout meal because research has shown that the protein enables the carbs to move more quickly to the muscles. A good post-run meal is rice and chicken (heavier on the rice).

What to eat before a run? Whole grain toast with peanut butter and a banana for extra potassium!

9. Dress the part!

Stop by your favorite athletic apparel store and buy a new outfit for race day. It always gives me that extra pep in my step to show off my new gear. Make sure you do one training run in it to test it out and make sure there are no discomforts.

10. Game day!

You’ve put in the miles, got the gear, fueled your body: Now, it’s time to be proud and go after it!

Hope to see you out there on April 3rd!

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Blog debut and March-ing orders

Hello world! This is my first official blog post and I feel an introduction is in order. This is Daisy. My two-year old cockapoo. She helps get me up for my morning runs and her favorite wedding flower is a pink ranunculus and, ironically, not a daisy. My blog will chat about hot topics in both the fitness and wedding worlds. I will throw in current events and reality tv on some occasions.

Daisy, meet the world. World, this is Daisy.

There is no time like the present, so let’s dive right in. Spring is in the air and you may think that the 40 degree weather is still too nippy for an outdoor trot. Did you know that your body temperature actually warms itself up to make it feel up to 20 degrees warmer than it actually is? Have you ever noticed when you are late for work and rushing around that, by the time you reach your office, you can’t get your coat off fast enough? You have actually warmed up your body temp. No more excuses…let’s get out of hibernation and hit the park!

Warm up in that brisk March weather with this 30 min. outdoor workout:
– Jog for 5 minutes to warm up.
– Alternate lunges (keep those knees in line with your ankles) – 20 steps total.
– 9 minute jog with a 1 minute sprint.
– Walk for 1 minute. Stop at a park bench and do tricep dips. Two sets of 10.
– 9 minute jog with a 1 minute sprint.
– Walk for 1 minute. Final set of alternate lunges and trip dips.
– Final 3-5 minute jog to get you back home.

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