80 Days to Train for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon

Wednesday was the day. After weeks of little exercise and a lot of Halloween candy, I finally started to run again.

I’m beginning to train for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January and I really want to do better than I did for the Disneyland Half Marathon (which was just slightly faster than walking).

Wednesday was the perfect day to start training because I had time and the weather was beautiful. I ran for 45 minutes and felt great. Iwas sure that I was ahead of the game as far as training.

But then I actually looked at the Tinkerbell online training manual from marathoner Jeff Galloway that’s on the Disney Wild World of Sports website. The training manual had runners start training in September. Uggh. I’m behind again.

But I am ahead on one way. The woman I always turn to when I have nutrition/dieting/weight loss questions, Amelia of Eating Made Easy, said that if I want to lose the weight I gained doing the LA Marathon earlier  I have to make a change. She said that after a woman turns 40, it’s crucial that she include strength training into her exercise routine.

So I started a weight routine this past weekend that is really challenging (I hope the kids don’t want anything from the high shelf in the pantry because I can’t lift my arms). I’m hoping that losing that 10 pounds will help my running time improve.Ten extra pounds is a lot for a 40-year-old woman to carry around while trying not to trip over Tinkerbell. And a lot to lose, but I have 80 days to do it!

Do you have a strength training routine you love? Bar classes, power lifting, yoga?

CorePower Yoga, CardioBarre, and Jillian Michaels

Running has been my go-to form of exercise for years. Whether I’m training for a race or just need a little exercise, it’s convenient, fast, and I generally feel good afterwards. But the downside to having your only workout be one where you primarily use just your legs is that the rest of my body suffers.

This came to my attention after looking at several summer pictures of my arms. After untagging myself from pictures on Facebook, I thought I should probably do something about the extra weight on my upper body. It’s not only unsightly, but it’s very unhealthy for women to carry extra weight around their middle.

It was about that time that I got two invitations to try new workout studios in Los Angeles. Plus I bought a workout video at Target called Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones.

The first studio I tried was CorePower Yoga on Granville and Wilshire in West LA.  I like Yoga and feel that I should do it more often. I don’t like that I feel like I need to another form of exercise because I didn’t get enough of a cardio workout. Not so with CorePower Yoga. I went to a Hot Power Fusion class where the room was heated. It made the class more challenging and I definitely felt like I was getting a workout. I was sweating buckets and my heart rate was up. Absolutely no need to go for a run before or after. And I felt great.

Next, I tried CardioBarre in Beverly Hills on Robertson. It’s a take on the barre ballet-type workout classes that are so popular right now. I tried a barre class before, but it was like yoga where I felt like I wasn’t getting enough of a workout. This class was barre on steroids. It was fast paced with weights, barre exercises, and a lot of cardio. It was fun and I definitely felt like I got a good workout. Frankly, it kicked my ass.

Both CorePower Yoga and CardioBarre offer a free trial class. It’s worth it to try it out and see which one works best for you.

My favorite workout of all was the one I did in my own home. Another reason I love running so much is the convenience. I can just get up and go. The few times I did Jilian Michael’s video I had planned to go do a class outside in the world, but there was too much work to make the time. Instead I popped No More Trouble zones in the DVD player and got a great workout. The goal is to eliminate “muffin tops, love handles, and wobbly arms for good.” It’s a really tough workout and the week I did it consistently, I feel toned and strong.

If I did all of these exercises, I would be superfit. But like everything that’s good for you, it’s all about making the effort. Let’s hope I do.