On February 18th, the TWISTed Sisters completed a half marathon and proved why strength training is such an important part of half marathon training. We each have a bit of a different story, with different goals and training styles, but all three of us trained at TWIST 2-3 days a week and we all accomplished the goals we set for ourselves in this race!
TESS: This was my 5th half marathon, the first one I ran with my mom when I was 18 for her 50th birthday. The next 3 I ran in 2013 all in one year, my best time was 2:41, and my training consisted of running my ass off and 2 days of body pump class at a big box gym. This time around was completely different! When we started training for the race, I had been at TWIST for a year and a half. Being TWIST Trained allowed me to immediately kill it up the hills, when I would have walked before, and also gave me more confidence in my running. Before I would run/walk, and thought that was the only way I would ever be able to do it. In the past, I would try to run more often and longer distances, but could never run more than 3 miles without walking. After training at TWIST consistently, I was running 4-5 miles without stopping right at the start of our race training, making it much more enjoyable. So my goal was to run the entire 13.1 without walking this time around, and I did it!My time was 2:34 and I felt GREAT!
ANDREA: I have been going to TWIST for two years in the adult fitness classes. I run some on the side, but I didn’t get serious about training for a half marathon until six weeks prior to the race. I have ran a half marathon before (best time was 2 hrs 15 min) and this time the run training was so much easier! There is no way I would have been able to train for a half in six weeks if I hadn’t had the TWIST training under my belt. The main difference is I notice I am much stronger and can tackle hills easier. This half I completed in 1 hr 59 min. That is a big time difference and I owe it all to my TWIST training.
KARIS:When Tess suggested we do a half marathon, my first thought was, "no way, I'm not a runner." Then I paused, and my second thought was, "wait, I am TWIST trained, I can accomplish this!” Being part of the TWIST family gave me the confidence and strength to tackle my first half marathon and feel great while doing so. The race was a huge success, I finished in 1:51, and now I look forward to more. TWIST has enabled me to say, "I am a runner, and I can do it!"
Sample Training Week:
Monday: TWIST Complete, run after (2-4 miles)
Tuesday: TWIST Move
Wednesday: Run (3-5 miles)
Thursday: TWIST HIT
Friday: Sprints, 10x100 yards or 10x30 seconds on the treadmill
Saturday: Long Run (6-11 miles)