Well 2 weeks of our 20 week marathon training plan is done. You’d think 20 weeks is a very long time but it will be over before we know it. It was a good week. We accomplished 5 miles of hill work on Monday, 4 miles on Tuesday, strength training on Wednesday, 4 more miles on Thursday and 3 easy miles on Friday with strength training. The weekend called for 8 miles on Saturday and strength training on Sunday. Our plan doesn’t call for runs on Fridays but we can say a little peer pressure got me last week. But I have to be smart and follow the plan. That is what it’s there for.
The added strength training during the week is so important. Some people are just blessed with the ability to run everyday with very little other exercise. But if you’re anything like me I’ve learned the hard way that strength training has to be done on a regular basis. I am not a fitness coach and I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. I’ve dealt with a few major injuries and still have one that rears its ugly head when training gets serious. Is it easy to just say I’ll do it tomorrow? Yes! Why is it so hard to get motivated to strength train or stretch?? I don’t know but it has to be done if I ever want to do this marathon. I’ve added a good article about running and strength training and it lists some basic exercises that are really beneficial and easy to add to your routine. I hope you find it helpful. And I can’t say it enough, the hips and core are so important! You build those up you will run better!
I truly hope I can help at least just one person with this blog. I want to motivate and make people realize you can do what you set your mind to. And you don’t have to be perfect or the best to do it. Just happy running!