This is the first article of a series on preparation for your first 1/2 or full marathon. One of my clients has just made the big decision to start training for her first 1/2 marathon run. When she called she sounded a little nervous but firm in resolve that it was something she must do. Excited for her I reassured her that with the proper training and preparation she would do just fine. Having been in the exact situation I could totally relate – I had never really done any long distance running before the marathon I completed a year ago. So Sue if you are reading this – this ones for you!
Jim and Patty – This husband and wife team are two of the most dedicated and determined individuals I have trained. When we first started they told me that one of the most important things they wanted to come from this was to have more energy. They would get so run down just by the day to day things that even thinking about a weekend getaway at the beach was exhausting. They wanted a better quality of life.
I can’t tell you how many roadtrips these two have been on since then – the beach, the mountains and to top it off they are taking kickboxing and yoga! How awesome is that? I am so proud of them – they are a part of my gym family and are just downright wonderful people. Overall Jim has lost 75 lbs. In the last two months Jim went from a 53 1/2 inch waist down to a size 48! That is just awesome! Patty has also made phenomenal progress she went from a Size 16 to a Size 10-12!
Here is something I threw together the other night the beauty of this recipe is that its quick simple and can be made with or without the pasta. Its full of flavor and my family loves it when I add in the pasta. All in all this is pretty healthy and low cal obviously with the pasta comes the higher calories but I would say as long as you watch your portions this would be a great midday meal or lunch. It also makes great leftovers for at least another night for a family of 4. Here is what you’ll need.