As I have started training for my next marathon I am still trying to incorporate strength workouts when I can. I’m no longer taking body pump classes because I feel like they are pretty tough on my body and take up a little more time than I would like. I’m trying to focus everything on running during this training cycle, which means cutting out some of the other stuff.
On the day of a short run I have been doing some kind of at-home strength workout. The one I am sharing today took me just over 20 minutes to complete. I think this is perfect for others like me who have gotten more busy as the school year started up! (Or for anyone who is trying to add a little bit of strength training into their routine without taking up too much extra time.)
In other news, I think I’m finally getting a little smarter with listening to my body and making smarter training decisions. As I noted in my training plan, Fridays (the day before my long run) would be meant for rest, swimming, or an easy run. Since I had been feeling so good through Thursday I planned to get out for a couple easy miles on Friday morning to shake out my legs from Thursday’s speed work. At some point in the middle of the night I woke up and realized I was sore from the 800s and decided to take a rest day on Friday. Instead of running I got an extra 30 minutes of sleep, did some core work, and hung out with my favorite foam roller. Hopefully smart decisions will pay off:)
Have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone!
What are you doing this weekend?
How do you incorporate strength workouts while training?
Are you good at taking a last minute rest day when you realize your body needs it?