Training Schedule Implementation!


Good morning everyone! It’s a little chilly here, but the blue, cloudless skies and bright sunshine are more than making up for it! Tomorrow I think I’m going to take my camera with me on my morning mom walk so I can show you this enormous lilac bush we pass by every morning – you can smell it from like 100 yards away – LOVE it!!

I started this beautiful Monday morning out with a bowl of tropical oatmeal!


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup each of milk and water
  • splash of vanilla and ALMOND extract!
  • cinnamon
  • sliced banana
  • toasted coconut and almonds
  • 4 dried apricots
  • drizzle of sugar-free syrup


The addition of the almond extract was SUCH a delight – I only used about 4 drops but I could definitely taste it!


Of course, I portioned out my oatmeal, toasted my almonds and coconut, cut up my fruit and measured out my milk and water last night!


This was awesome!! Such a unique blend of flavors – I could taste each and every one. I loved the addition of the almond extract too, I’m thinking about adding in some sugar-free coconut syrup at some point!

For lunch I packed:


I squeezed some leftover Corona limes over the fruit salad so the apples and bananas wouldn’t turn brown – worked like a charm!


Here’s a random fact about me: I love cutting corn off the cob to eat it. I love it even more when the corn stays in whole strips! I don’t know why…I just do! I like to eat the strips whole too, instead of breaking them all up…random!





It’s supposed to stay beautiful for the whole day, so I’m hoping I can get out at lunch time to take a walk! Crossing my fingers!

On Exercise:

I’ve been thinking lately that I need to get on some sort of work out schedule instead of just randomly running 3-4 times a week. In general I do better and am more consistent when I have a something that tells me exactly what I should be doing each day in the exercise department. Something that I can mentally “check off” for the day.

Last week, my friend asked me for the half-marathon training schedule I used last year and I thought, BINGO! While I may not have my sights set on running another half-marathon at the moment, the schedule seems like a perfect way to keep myself on track. The one I used last year, and what I’ll be using again, is the Hal Higdon half marathon schedule. This is incredible easy to alter in order to accommodate your schedule, your fitness level, etc – and is 12 weeks long. PERFECT!!! 

Speaking of altering to accommodate schedules – I will be running Saturday and Sunday’s distances, today and Friday, because I have some prior engagements that won’t be allowing me to run this weekend. So today, according to the training schedule/level that I chose – I’ll be completing Sunday’s 5 mile run! I think the program is more about total distance run per week and maintaining a consistent level of activity, than following the schedule exactly to a T. Last summer I was super busy and out of town a lot, so I had to modify the schedule a lot – and my half marathon turned out fine! Here’s what’s on tap for the rest of the week:

  • Monday: 5 mile run
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run (may bump that up to 4)
  • Wednesday: 5×400 5K pace (may bump this up to 10×400)
  • Thursday: 3 mile run + strength
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: strength

I’m planning on doing my Jillian Michaels Shred DVD for strength. Here’s to a great 12 weeks!

Do you guys like being on a training program/schedule to be held accountable for your fitness and workouts? Or, do you prefer to go at it alone and at your own pace?

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  1. fitbecca 05.11.2009

    That oatmeal looks delish as usual! Yes, I love having a training schedule, I am a very to-do list type of person, so having that down in writing is a must for me!

  2. Run Sarah 05.11.2009

    I think I prefer some routine, but lately I haven’t had one at all. When I sign up for a half I will be trying to stick to a schedule though.

  3. Love your oatmeal! I’ll have to try that one of these days. :-) And I’ve been CRAVING corn on the cob! Yum.

    As for training schedules, I like to have some routine. Since summertime is unpredictable, I try to run every morning, anywhere from 3-5 miles. My husband has every other Friday off, so if that’s the case, I’ll take the Friday morning off from running. Weekends are usually spent doing yardwork, so if we’re busy with that, I don’t usually run. Sometimes if I’m up really early I’ll get one in, but if I know we’re going to be working hard, I don’t mind not going – I just get back into routine Monday morning.

    Personally, I like getting my running out of the way in the morning. I’m not a morning person, so it’s been helping me get out of bed in the morning AND to be in a good mood (the husband likes that I’m not cranky anymore!). That way, too, if something comes up in the evening I don’t have to worry about exercising OR I can just sit back and have a relaxing night!

    Other than running, I have spinning during the week (1-2 classes) and sometimes hit up drop-in classes as well.


  4. lindsmm 05.11.2009

    I LOVE cutting the corn off the cob too! Crazy! I think it stems back to when I was kid that’s how my mom used to make it for us. I love eating it in chunks like that too. That is so funny!

    I thrive off of lists. So, yes, I like to be on a program when it comes to training. I always have a different goal. I wrote about my goal today on my blog too! It must be a good monday for planning!

  5. Valerie 05.11.2009

    Your oatmeal always looks so good! I have a question though. Is the real oatmeal that much better than the instant packages of plain oatmeal? I’ve never tried it before but I’ve heard that it really does make a difference when you put the effort into the steel cut oats versus instant. Just curious! I love your blog!

  6. Jess 05.11.2009

    I do my own thing unless I’m training for a race over 5K then I use Runner’s World to customize a training plan. It works great!! I adore exercising, but if I am REALLY not in the mood…I do whatever I want!!

  7. Lauren 05.11.2009

    I laughed when I saw the corn ..because I do the same thing… Is that a kid thing or somthing?
    Anyway, your pictures of fruit always look so fresh and delicious.
    Have a great week!

  8. runningwithin 05.11.2009

    I like to have a mix, a basic idea of what I’m doing, but room to modify it if needed. I’m always so busy with school, work and everything else that I don’t like feeling stuck to a regimented program but I do like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with “checking something off” like you said.

  9. Lindsay @ Foodrun 05.11.2009

    I’m a HUGE schedule person and also very visual, so I love writing and planning out workouts. If I see it written down I’m a lot less likely to get back in bed when the alarm goes off at 5am!

  10. Kristie 05.11.2009

    Corn on the cob without the cob. I like it! And I’ll bet there’s a lot less corn in tooth annoyance with that eating method as well haha.

    I don’t really make any kind of exercise schedules ever but I’ve been in a bit of an exercise rut lately, especially now that I’m into summer and don’t have to work exercise in around school and school work, and I’m thinking I should probably start some kind of workout plan. I have a feeling it would be much more motivating and drive me to do better more consistent workouts than just doing whatever I feel like whenever I feel like. The no rules plan just hasn’t been working out all that well for me lately. I need some structure!

  11. Alison 05.11.2009

    I love eating my corn like that too! There’s way less mess that way!

  12. Holly 05.11.2009

    I also find I’m a lot more consistent with workouts when I have a plan – must be that accountability thing :)

    My friends and I love your blog – you definitely get the most clicks via my blog to yours on my blogroll!

  13. Elizabeth 05.11.2009

    I had corn for lunch today (cooked it last night), and cut it off the cob, too!!! It was absolutely delicious sweet white corn. Sometime I need to try it with the snap peas…

  14. Kristin 05.11.2009

    Fitbecca: I know – I am so visual, it helps SO much when I can look at something and know exactly what I have to do!

    Run Sarah: When you do start a program I highly recommend the Hal Higdon program!

    Kristilyn: I definitely agree that getting running completed in the morning is ideal – you’ve got your whole day free and clear after that!!

    Lindsmm: Yes! My Grandpa cut his corn off the cob and I always loved that :)

    Valerie: I actually use old fashioned rolled oats – the kind that come in the big canister. And YES!! they are so much better than packets! I won’t completely knock packets though – they are definitely convenient, but everyone should try making stove top old fashioned oats it least once! Steel cuts are EVEN better – but they take a ton of tim to cook. I’m just not that patient!!

    Jess: that customizable program sounds really interesting – I’m going to check that out!!

    Lauren: I know – cut corn off the cob is DA-bomb!

    runningwithin: Totally – having a strict regimen is definitely not for everyone – whatever works for you!!

    Lindsay: I agree – I LOVE crossing things off! Check!

    Kristie: YES! No gnarly corn chunks in the teeth!

    Allison: Totally – and you don’t get it in your teeth, blech!

    Holly: Thanks so much – I’m so glad you like it!!

    Elizabeth: mmmm isn’t it delish?!

  15. Island Girl Eats 05.11.2009

    It helps me if I am working (or running!) towards something. I love the early morning runs and preparing for the big event. It is very exciting and so rewarding when I am done.

  16. […] Kristin inspired me with her training implementation and that is just what I am going to do, only slightly motivated for my beginner self. And since I have been talking about wanting to run a 5K, I am just going to go for it! I am going to use Hal Higdon’s training for a 5K – novice. So, in 8 weeks, I will hopefully be running in my first (real) 5K. (I say real because I think I did run in one back in like the 5th grade or something, ha!) […]

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