Wednesday treadmill hangout going down over here in Utah. My gym is helping me to start my adjustment to summer running by turning the heater on and making sure it is extra stuffy inside. Running in the hot temps this summer is going to feel like a breeze thanks to my gym;) I’m being a little dramatic but that’s just what I do (you should meet my family… dramatizing our stories just runs in our blood).
I did 8 miles @ an 8:10 pace. Running is feeling good again on my legs. Running when your body isn’t feeling right and worrying about if it is going to get worse takes out a lot of the fun in running. I’m very glad I took a lot of last week off (thanks to my mouth problems) because running is feeling fun again.
Brooke’s really into walks lately which I’m loving after my run each day.
After our walk she got her run in for the day too. She probably got in a few more miles than I did with all of the sprinting she did around the gymnastics gym.
I sat and stretched out (another big reason my legs are feeling happy again) for most of the time she had class. Stretching, men, eating too much junk… you’d think I’d learn my lesson once in awhile with these topics;) I am really committing myself to spending time each day to stretching this time around.
We made sure to stop by Costco today to get some rotisserie chicken and these were on sale so we had to pick them up too. The perfect afternoon snack—> crunch + some sweetness!
Bleu cheese on salads always makes me happy.
And so does jicama… I forgot that I had some until I had already taken a few bites and then I grabbed it out of the fridge and chopped it up to put on my salad too. A very underestimated vegetable in my opinion. PS did you know jicama has protein in it? Fun fact from the internet that I’m sure you really wanted to know today;) PS peeling jicama isn’t my favorite.
Here’s the thing about strength training and me—> I don’t actually enjoy it that much unless I am doing it with somebody else. My sis (below—> look at those guns of hers) loves it and would choose to strength train over cardio any day of the week. I on the other hand would do years of cardio over strength training. BUT I try to include strength training each week because I love running so much. I do it because I know it will help me to be faster, injured less and a more balanced runner.
You can find her favorite arm workout HERE!
Some of the ways that I try (not an expert but these are just my thoughts…) to include strength training with my running:
*The more at home things I can do the better. I’ve got limited time at the gym or when I go out for a run so if I can do my strength training workout at home, I am a very happy (and much more likely to do it) camper. Before bed, while Brooke and I play legos on the ground, in the early morning… much easier to squeeze in if I can do it at home.
*I used to be SO afraid that being sore from strength training would ruin my running workouts but not anymore. I view running with some tired or sore muscles during my next run as a bonus because it makes it that much more difficult which makes us stronger in the long run. DO make sure that you give yourself proper recovery after your strength workouts but don’t be afraid to be sore. I usually do most of my strength training right after a hard workout because I have a day or two of easy running before doing another hard workout.
*When I am in heavy training for a races I’m not sore very often (if at all) from my strength workouts because I am in a maintaining muscle mode more than a building mode. When the mileage increases and I’m focusing more on key running workouts I end up doing more strength work just with my body weight to keep up with the muscle I built during my off season from running. When I am not training for a race then I am hitting up boot-camp a lot more which means I am sore a lot. When I am in peak weeks of running training then I am sticking to focusing on core/glutes/squats without weights and that is just what works for me.
*Toss the all or nothing attitude. If you can get in just a few minutes each day, that is AWESOME and better than nothing. I don’t think this has to be a huge chunk of your day but doing something each week will help you out so just because you can’t dedicate a lot of time to this shouldn’t stop you!
*Just like with stretching—> going to a class, having a video to do at home, having a buddy to do it with makes it much more enjoyable for me and I don’t quit after 12 seconds.
*Remember you aren’t superman. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all of the things I should be doing (even just typing ‘all the things I should be doing’ out gives me anxiety) that I have to remind myself that I’ll do what I can with all of the running stuff BUT my top priorities (Brookaroo) are what matter the most.
How do you fit in strength training with your running?
Do you enjoy strength training or do you do it because you know it will help your running?
What was on your lunch plate today?
Last thing you bought at Costco? Recommend it?