The GISG + Half Marathon training
Before starting the GISG’s 12 week bikini guide, I remember asking Kyra if I could do her program AND train for a half marathon. She replied with an enthusiastic,”Heck YES!” Silly me for even asking……….
I was already 6 weeks into training for the Top of Utah Half Marathon and the thought of adding intense circuit & HIIT to my training sounded
painful and delusional like a great challenge!
If you missed my post on how I survived the first week of Kyra’s plan, you can read it here: http://beafitfox.com/2012/07/29/surviving-week-1-of-the-gisg-bikini-guide/
Rest assured that
my sex life got back to normal extreme soreness did eventually go away and I was able to enjoy the first 4 weeks of her program. In order to keep with my half marathon training, I axed 2 of her cardio workouts (usually elliptical and stepmill) and replaced it with 2 long distance runs. 1 long distance run consisted of 4-6 miles and the other (ran on Saturday) was anywhere from 8-11 miles.
For the 4 weeks leading up to the Top of Utah Half, I didn’t skip a beat. I ate extremely well, I silently cursed the GISG every time I had to do a pull up, and I welcomed those crazy HIIT sprints on the treadmill. All the while, I actually worried that I wasn’t running enough. I wasn’t getting in enough miles. How was I going to manage running 13.1!?!
Then came Saturday, August 25. My husband and I stayed at a hotel in Logan, Utah and I took the shuttle at 5 AM up the canyon to the start of the race. I ate a small banana on the way up and at 6 AM, I ate a wheat sandwich thin with 2 tbsp peanut butter and honey drizzle and sipped on water. The canyon was a flippin’ freezing 52 degrees and all of us
idiots brilliant minds were standing around in our racer back tanks and shorts/capris.
I found the 2:00 pacers and huddled close to them and nearly jumped when the gun went off at 7 AM. I ran hard but comfortable. I chit chat with the 2:00 pacers and enjoyed the cold breeze. I thought about how sweet my neon orange Nikes looked on the black pavement and questioned if I really REALLY had to pee or not. Before I knew it, I was still running with 2:00 pacer group and we had just passed the 7 mile marker. My breathing was consistent and I felt strong! Amazing!
I kept going and going and going. We passed mile marker 11 and my hip flexors started nagging me so I fell behind. For the last 2 miles, I could see the 2:00 pacers sign bouncing up and down as they ran and it pained me not to be with them. I still finished strong with a 2:03 half marathon time!
My PR before that was a 2:17 at that exact same race. I shaved off 14 minutes! What???!!! How???!!!
I’d like to say it was because of my Nikes and the amazing peanut butter I consumed before the race but it wasn’t. It was because of the consistency at which I trained and also, more so, because of those 4 weeks with the GISG. The circuit and HIIT training kept my heart rate up for an extended period of time (an hour to an hour and a half each workout). It got my body used to running at an increased speed. The inches that I lost in my legs after the first 4 weeks was astounding. The leaning out of my quads and development of my calves all aided in my successful run.
So, if you’re wanting to lose weight, get fit, tone up, or even run a half or full marathon, I would recommend the GISG’s 12 week bikini guide. It’s not a polite guide, it’s an in your face-you’ve-got-to-push-yourself kind of workout and I would expect nothing less from the GISG. You can find her guide here: http://5ec712tlrj51bmdpjdl6x49x0h.hop.clickbank.net/
I’m making it through week 5 now by reapplying my deodorant halfway through the workouts. You do what you’ve gotta do.