battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise

Gearing Up to Train for the Half Marathon

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, before you start your 12-week half marathon training (or whatever training you choose to follow), you have to be at a certain level of fitness.  Some training programs recommend that you be able to run 3 miles, others recommend that you be able to run for 30 minutes straight.

For me, I’m aiming for the latter.  I can definitely run/walk three miles, but at my current fitness level I struggle to run for 30 minutes straight.  It’s time to condition my mind and body to focus and work up to being able to run for a full 30 minutes straight!

I started my pre-training training this Monday with a 40 minute treadmill workout consisting of 30 minutes of running with 10 minutes of walking breaks interspersed.

Choose a run/walk speed that is comfortable for you.  I’m on the slower side so I walked at 3.5 and ran at 5.5.

I plan to continue doing this and similar exercises until I can slowly remove some of the walking breaks, and then all of the walking breaks.  I have until June to work on this, so I’ll keep you updated with my running as I make progress!

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Author: tofubelly

I’m an attorney living in Southern California. I’m vegan, recently married, and am a proud mother of two misbehaving orange kitties. I love to cook and eat good food. I also love to exercise and to look and feel great. At times, it feels like these two passions are at odds, but I’ve made it my lifelong project to combine my loves into one super-healthy awesome lifestyle. I’m a huge advocate of calorie counting. My husband and I successfully lost 40 and 20 pounds just by restricting our caloric intake and burning extra calories with exercise when we could find time. I am constantly experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with fresh, healthy, and *countable* recipes. In effort to become more active, I’ve trained for and completed two races — Nike’s 10K Human Race (Sept. 2008) and the Disneyland Half Marathon (Sept. 2011 – photo on the right). Running is my project (read: I suck at it, but I will not let it defeat me). Yoga is like having a religious experience. Whatever the workout, if I’m at the gym, I’m always in a fabulous mood. As I leave, I always make a note to myself: self, you love going to the gym. That’s not to say that I don’t fall off the wagon all the time. Like in the photo above, with some *delicious* vegan mac and cheese at the 2011 Vegan Beer Fest. Or like every other day, when I convince myself that it is acceptable to park my butt on the couch and watch three hours of television before bed instead of changing into my gym clothes and fitting in a workout. Without all of my falling off, I wouldn’t be able to boast my tofu belly. But more important than the falling off is the getting back on. With this blog, I’ll share with you my constant struggles with myself to get to the gym, to drink more water, and to make healthy and low-cal food choices. By sharing, I hope to keep myself more accountable while also showing others that it is entirely possible to live a healthy, albeit busy, life one day at a time. Here’s to firming up my tofu belly — with a little help from you!

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