Now that summer is coming to an end, fall is right around the corner, and half & full marathon prep are about to really kick into high gear, I’ve also been transitioning in my training habits and preferences. Call it boredom, or burnt out from the summer heat (literally), but I’ve really been enjoying switching things up, and varying my day-to-day workouts. I know I still need to focus on getting my milage in, but I also know that if I’m being honest with myself, I will enjoy this training cycle much more if I keep things interesting. And not only that, but I remember last year during marathon training how beat down my body felt, and I really think it’s because the only training I was doing was running. So this go-around, I am making a bigger effort to strength train, and switch up my cardio more so that I can build a stronger base, and not have to rely so much on such strict milage, which we all know can burn you out faster than anything! I think to be a stronger runner, you have to be strong in other areas too, and not ignore those muscles that you may not feel working when you run.
Diversifying my Workouts: Biking and Strength Training
Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to keep myself entertained and motivated, but still in shape.
Biking! Or cycling. Who even calls it cycling? Maybe I’m the weirdo that calls it biking.
We’ve been taking full advantage of the trails in our little suburb and I’m going to be oh-so sad when the time changes! Our bikes were each other’s wedding gifts to one another two years ago, so it’s about time we get some more use out of them.
And more biking. If Little Rock does one thing right it’s their trails. The River Trail is the perfect bike ride – safe, beautiful, along the river, no cars, and always full of other active people.
Aren’t these Nike’s adorable?! I can’t WAIT to review them and tell you all about them! It was love at first sight.
We also recently joined a new gym! It literally cost next to nothing to join, and is only $10 a month. TEN DOLLARS! The gym is super nice too, has tons of awesome equipment, and plenty of cardio machines for those cold winter months or rainy evenings! My husband joined with me, and we’ve got big plans to go together in the mornings before work. I’ll let you know how that goes. But at least we are finally members of the same gym! He was previously paying more than 3X’s as much for the gym at his employer, so we nipped that in the bud and got us both a cheaper gym membership combined.
Strength training at the gym, and wrestling with medicine balls forces me to get in a more full body workout, and improve my overall muscle tone. I think sometimes I forget that I need to workout more than just my legs! The gym also offers yoga, piyo, and zumba classes – woohoo!
So, here’s to a STRONG training cycle, and spicing things up a bit! Half marathon #7 in 7 weeks!! AH!
What have you been doing differently lately? When you aren’t running, what are you doing? When is your next big race?