Weight training has always been something that I love to do. When I started running more and training more for races I always wondered when and how I should work my weight training into my running. I had exactly 90 minutes each day to fit everything into my workouts. Ninety minutes because that is how long the child care in my gym lets you stay.
Every minute after that they charge you a dollar per child per minute! I’m sure I have looked hilarious sprinting across the gym, hurdling over weight benches and people doing pushups so I wouldn’t be late. Believe me, with how many kids I have those late charges add up to millions of dollars fast:) So I found myself in the dilemma of how do you fit in weight training and long runs into 90 minutes??? What I found to be most effective for me was this.
I would always set aside thirty minutes of weight training at the beginning of my workout, before my runs. I would split up my weight training into leg day, arm day, and chest and back day. Everyday I would do core strengthening too. On each of those days I would try to completely fatigue those muscle groups then right after jump on the treadmill for my 50 minute run, followed by 10 minutes of stretching.
As you can imagine leg days were the worst!
For me, starting my runs on already fatigued muscles was a great way to train for longer races without having to put in the long run time which would take away from my weight training time (this is how I trained for half-marathons… my favorite race:) So when I went into race day, my longest runs were about 7-8 miles, but since I was used to running with pre-fatigued muscles the 13.1 miles on race day were easy. Did I just say easy? Ha! Better description would be, I found myself alive and able to still walk around and take care of my kids after the race.
Just so you know the whole training regiment I just described was pre-back surgery. Now I am working on slowly rebuilding the muscle and endurance I have lost. Believe me… if I were to try to run on the treadmill now after leg day the ambulance would have to be called. I don’t even trust myself to walk down the stairs after leg day now. But I am hoping to get back to that training regiment one day. (PS you can find some of her workouts here, here, here, here, here and I posted one on Monday of this week)!
And a picture Janae took of me running on the treadmill when she lived at my parents’ house:
Now for random holiday pictures!
We were so blessed to be able to go to Southern California for a week and go to a family wedding.
I seriously could have stayed on this beach forever. The kids loved every minute.
A pic of three of the kids at their cousin’s wedding!
Knott’s Berry Farm. It rained most of the day. But we stuck it out. So by the time the rain stopped at 4 pm, we basically had the park to ourselves.
Anniversary dinner with the love of my life!
From Janae… I decided to add a few pictures of my sister and I when we used to get professional pictures done together. I truly think we should go back to doing that again:
How long do you spend each day working out?
What time saving tricks have you found to fit more into your workouts?
What goals are you working towards right now?