I haven't done one of these posts in about forever so I figured now that race day is on Sunday then now would be a good time! Lol! One thing that I always strive to do...and please know that I am in no way perfect at this...is to balance strength training and running. I find that this has kept me relatively injury free for the past 16 years that I have been running. Even as a catcher for many many years I have focused on strengthening my legs to prevent any injury to my knees, so transitioning this into running injury free it made sense.
Train Like a Mother book. Now I'm not certain I am going to "own" Sunday's race but I really like the intensity of the plan! For strength training this month I have been following the workouts from my BeFit calendar (stay tuned for a giveaway next week!). I feel like I go through waves with workouts. I try to vary them but I am much better when I have a plan to follow. After this race I'm planning on cutting down my miles (for a bit) and focusing more on strength and speed work. Here is what last week looked like for me (It was my last week before tapering for this weekend's race):
Monday: 3 miles easy...Did these on the treadmill at the gym and then added in Dynamic Strength for two rounds
Wednesday: I rode the bike for 20 minutes to warm-up (actually wake up I mean) and then Cardio Extreme for 2 rounds.
Thursday: 5 mile ladder workout...I had forgotten how much I love ladder workouts! Added bonus is that it helps make the miles fly by!
Friday: Another bike session to warm up and then Total Body Shred for 2 rounds.
Saturday: 10 miles...I met up with my friends at Marathon Sports on their "field trip" to my area to run! I LOVE running with others especially when I have had a lot of solo long runs! I can only talk to myself so much!
Do you work in strength training into your week? How often? What does it look like?
I also wanted to share that I was featured on the Fit Mom Strong Mom page as today's Strong Momma! I'm excited to be a part of this group! They were so cute in sending me a fun good luck charm for this Sunday's race!