I know as runners we often struggle with strength. Sure, we know we all need to do it but it is one of the first things that most of us let go to the wayside when things get busy.
I could only be talking about myself, but regardless sometimes it’s easy to let strength training go to the wayside.
Ever since I started running again I have made it a point to get at least 2-3 days of strength training in a week. Eventually I want to be doing more, but for now I am happy with making sure I get that in every week.
Yesterday I went to the gym for a quick workout. I decided to start making my strength training days on workout days (Monday, Wednesday and Sunday). This makes it easy for me to keep track of and stick to a plan.
Yes I was watching The Price is Right while I was doing the workout.
My workout consisted of: 18 minutes “out” (8:50 pace) followed by 18 minutes “back” which was done as a cutdown (8:30 – 6:53 pace).
I got a late start so when my run was finished I only had about 30 minutes to get my strength training in.
Here was the strength training workout I did:
Even though the workout is quick and simple it is a total body workout and focused on the areas that many times runners are weak in. Make sure to go directly from one exercise to the next in each set of 3. Don’t rest until you have reached the end of the entire set.
If you are stronger in the core than I am then you can increase the amount of time for your planks. My max right now is a minute, but since I am doing three sets of planks I shorten the length of each of them.
Of course, I finished it off with about 10 minutes of good stretching before heading to the locker room.
For some reason after I finished my workout I was craving a Diet Coke bad. I don’t know if I have mentioned my slight addiction to diet soda on here, but I am trying to get it under control.
I went to a local coffee shop to work for a few hours since our house is in a bit of a disarray and even though my craving was out of control I was good and went with a small coffee and water instead.
The longer I go without diet soda the less I miss it. It’s still a work in progress but I am getting there!
I’m off to continue getting some packing and cleaning done. I cannot imagine the fact that I am going to have 10 people in our half packed home in a little over a week. Time to get to cleaning!
Do you have a go to strength routine?
What is an addiction you are trying to quit?.