Zoe Is Running The New York Marathon: Training Time

I am a true party girl and I’ll run if I need to catch a celebrity before they leave a nightclub or if a barman shouts ‘last orders’, but I wouldn’t say that I am a fitness fanatic. However, I am trying now as I am about to run the New York marathon! The race is on 3 November so I don’t have long.

If I’m truly honest, I signed up to the race because I really want to visit New York again. Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and model Christy Turlington are running the course too and while I’m in the city there’s a big YouTube party that Lady Gaga is performing in. Ok, the Gaga gig may be the day after I run the marathon (26.2 miles) but I’m training a bit now so that I can recover quickly afterwards and get some gossip from the gig in New York, New York.

Training has been a massive learning curve, so I wanted to share some tips that have worked for me in case you want to do a marathon yourself. If you do, I have details about how to sign up at the end of this blog post. Firstly, it’s all about strengthening the legs so that you don’t get an injury while you’re running on the hard roads. If you have some muscles then it absorbs the shock of the ground so I’ve been in the gym doing some leg workouts as well as training outside. Do you like my pink workout gear? When I don’t feel like going to the gym then looking at my pink trainers and pink top in my bag makes me smile and I truly think it makes me feel more motivated!

Secondly, it’s all about building up slowly so you don’t shock your body. The marathon course is 26.2 miles and you can’t expect to do that overnight. What works for me is doing two average length runs a week and building up the distance on Sundays. This meant that when I started I ran 5K on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. The week after I did 5k on Monday and Thursday and 5 miles on Sunday. The week after that I did 5k on Monday, 7K on Thursday and 6 miles on Sunday. By building it up slowly I’ve increased the length of my Sunday long run to 18 miles and I do about 10 k on a Monday and 13-15 K on a Thursday. It’s not at all easy – especially as I get up at 6am to squeeze in the Monday or Thursday runs – but I told myself if I can run the distance the Sunday before then I can do it again with an extra mile or two or top.

Third, people often ask me if I’ve been bored running for 18 miles and I’ll admit that it can be quite lonely running for about 2.5 hours on my own. But I always listen to music when I’m running on Sundays so you’re not really alone if you have Beyonce, Katy Perry and Azealia Banks power ballads on your iPod are you?

Fourthly, I was also told to work on my posture so I’ve been going to an aerobics class that concentrates on exercises for the core. I’ve never done so many sit-ups! I’m in the middle in the photo below.

As you can see I’m wearing pink again! The Adidas Essentials Three Quarter Length Tights are similar to mine. Pink power! You also need to brighten up your life with some new shoes. I’m wearing Asics.

The final thing I want to say is that shoes are vital for the workout. You need to have a pair of trainers that you wear in the gym and a pair of trainers that you run outside in as your feet moves in different ways in the gym and on the road and needs different levels of support. Personally, I normally wear Nike trainers in the gym and Asics outside as Asics have more air cushioning. Without cushioning, runners are more at risk of knee, hip and ankle joint strain so the right pair of trainers is vital in preventing injuries.

I’m very nervous about the race but I do have two targets – I just want to cross the finishing line before Pamela Anderson and I want to recover in time to see Lady Gaga in New York. Fingers crossed!

Love Zoex

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3rd November 2013
Written by Zoe Griffin

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