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Training for a Half-Ironman

One way I like to support my healthy lifestyle change is to have a big goal to work on. Right now I am signed up for the Racine, WI Half Ironman on July 20th and my training program is in full swing!

I started training back in December and have a very detailed schedule that I live by. I have an amazing coach who writes a tailored plan for me and holds me accountable. I look at training like it is my job or school. Not going is not an option!

I have a variety of six workouts a week including cardio, weight training, spinning, yoga, running drills, cycling drills, and much more. Nutrition is of course a big factor as well. I have to eat a nutritious and balanced diet to obtain proper energy for fueling my workouts.

As a supplement to my training I’ve also put together a “race schedule”, signing up for a variety of races throughout the year to prep for the big day! I’m very motivated by goals and having small milestones along the way is crucial for me.

I am doing the Earth Day half marathon on April 18th, the Gear West Duathlon on May 18th, and finally the Tour de Cure on May 31st, all leading up to the half Ironman!

But one of the most important parts of my training is something you might not usually think of: SLEEP! I’ve learned that not only is a good night’s sleep important for everyday health, but it’s a must when your training for an athletic event.

Having a time-bound goal by signing up for a 5K race in your town or a marathon in a city you’ve always wanted to visit can be extremely motivating. And you’d be surprised how much you might like the routine of a structured training program.

I’m not sure how or when it started to happen, but I found myself pulling out my training schedule and planning my day around my workouts, not the other way around. I love living this life devoted to health and wellness, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Keep an eye on this blog for updates on how the training is going and lessons I’ve learned along the way. See ya at the finish line!

SunShine Hampton

About SunShine Hampton

SunShine Hampton was a contestant during the 2010 season of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser," during which she became a fan and frequent user of NuStep. Today, SunShine uses NuStep in her Ironman training regimen, and her celebrity status to help educated others on the value and importance of exercise and nutrition. SunShine Hampton is a NuStep spokesperson.

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