My Insane Training For Tinkerbell Half Marathon Schedule

January 11, 2013

Training for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon

Hey Tink- I’m ready for you!


I got a few questions on Twitter about my training for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon that’s coming up in *gasp* 10 days. As I write this, I’m a bit tired as I cranked up my workout schedule to insanity (well at least for me) levels, that included a bit of a diet overhaul and additional cross training.

Last week, I started a new session of Kaia F.I.T. (crosstraining for women) Bootcamp, A.K.A. the “BRIK” session.  It involves 4 1 hour sessions each week, one week of detox to “eat clean,” and a running day on Saturday.   I am both exhilarated and tired at the same time.  Not only is the BRIK/Bootcamp session kickin’ my tush, but I’ve been amping up my mileage as well, why?


Having an inhaler has made running so much different for me.  I ran for 6 months and logged over 250 miles with great struggle- I’d get a few blocks and have to catch my breath.  Now that I have an inhaler, I can tackle hills, go further and I don’t feel like my chest got pulverized after I do a long run- it’s like night and day.  For all you other asthmatic runners out there, I’m giving you a high five.  Nobody wants to have an “illness” or “problem,” but being able to manage my asthma effectively has changed my life, really!  Plus, there are a ton of other asthmatic runners on Twitter who have come to guide me, so I feel like I’m in good company.


So, this is my training schedule:

Sunday: Rest or 2 miler (depending on health/recovery)

Monday:  Kaia F.I.T. 1 hr.

Tuesday:  5 miles run

Wednesday:  Kaia F.I.T. 1 hr. +2 mile run.

Thursday:  Kaia F.I.T. 1 hr.

Friday: Kaia F.I.T. Yoga Day 1 hr.  (and no, it’s not easy yoga, it’s like pilates!)

Saturday: Run Day (mileage varies with the group)



Training for TinkerBell Half Marathon

I finally got my AFSP packet for the Tink, thanks to everyone who donated to my Tinker Bell Half Marathon fundraiser -you rock! My detox week (modified to include carbs) for Kaia F.I.T. went pretty well and now, all I have to do is plan my outfit (ordered a cute sparkly skirt, now just need some wings!) and I’m totally hankering for a new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 15’s are my “Cinderella running shoe” but this new model matches my blog’s colors- isn’t it a match made in heaven?  I will probably get these after the Tink (so I’m not running in new shoes) but dude, seriously, I have to have these new Mizunos!  I spotted them at a run shop in central California and have been lusting over them ever since.  I seriously need a shoe fairy to magically make them appear!

Normal half marathon training normally isn’t this crazy- I assure you, normal people don’t get diagnosed with asthma, enroll in a bootcamp, go on a nutritional detox and have to plan travel, outfits and meetups all crammed into the 3 weeks before the half marathon itself- this is just my life and how crazy I’ve been.

If you’re in crunch time for a half marathon- try not to do what I’ve done and put too much on your plate- but I found that with some sleep-in time, epsom salt baths, proper stretches and cute workout outfits, I’m handling the adjustments alright so far.


Alright- who will  I be seeing at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon?   Please let me know, I want to say hi!

12 comments so far.

12 responses to “My Insane Training For Tinkerbell Half Marathon Schedule”

  1. desi says:

    This was my question 🙂 Thanks for answering it. I mostly wondered because I like to train hard – 6-7 days a week, but so many blogs make me feel like it’s overtraining or that I don’t let my muscles rest very much. So even if that’s true – at least I feel like I’m not the only one killing my body.

    • Shannyn says:

      It really varies person to person- this new 6 day a week schedule is kicking my tush…I used to run 5-6 times a week, but I would do like 1-2 miles…I didn’t include cross training, weight lifting and longer hillier runs so holy hell, it’s kicking my tushie in a good way!

      Right now, during BRIK I know I need to go full force and after the first two half marathons and my move to Chicago I may not have this much time to train so I’m going to kill it while I can! Go you!

  2. Good luck with the run!!

    • Shannyn says:

      Thanks doll! I’m so ready… just ordered my stuff from Team Sparkle and need to get some lime green compression socks and I’m good to go! Huzzah!

  3. Lacey says:

    Wow, I’m happy you found out it was asthma because now you can manage it. Go get ’em!

  4. Sandi says:

    I will be at the Tink Half — not running, but cheering on my little sister. I am running the Neverland 5k on Saturday though. Hoping to run my 1st half this year! Good luck!

    • Shannyn says:

      I’m glad you got tickets to the 5k and you’ll also be there to cheer on your sister! I wish I could do the 5k but the tickets were completely wiped out by the time I got to register. Good luck on your first half, you can totally do i!

  5. I’m sure you’re going to knock the half out of the park!! I think balance while training is really hard–besides running I also love strenth training and yoga and I refuse to give them up, even while marathon training. It just takes some schedule tweaking and guts to take it all on!

    • Shannyn says:

      Ya, balance is out of whack for sure..but I guess anything worth doing requires that kind of arrangement. Like when you’re in school, you spend a ton of time studying and not with family or friends, or when you’re remodeling a house, you shift your priorities. I don’t know if mine will ever go back to “normal” though.

  6. I’ll be there. BFF and I ran it last year, returning to conquer this year!! We are so excited!! It’s such a great race!!

  7. Kim says:

    Good luck!! After my baby is born (soon!!) and the doctor gives me the go ahead, I’d like to slowly start running. Nothing this serious, but I’ve gotta start somewhere I guess! (fb)


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