I have been really wary of registering for races even though I have 2 half marathons on the books in the spring because coming back from the injury and getting my mileage up is a slow process. Therefore I am still thinking about 2017 goals (besides not getting injured) as well as what I want to accomplish outside of fitness. So that post will be later.
There are things I have been doing that I want to continue with as my mileage slowly but surely increases to make me a [harder] better, faster, stronger athlete.
I was always on this blog talking about how I need to do more yoga and how yoga is so great for runners. Finally completing Yoga Sculpt teacher training at CorePower Yoga and then starting to teach at the Harbor Point studio has been a little blessing. It gave me a nice outlet when I was in the boot and couldn't run. Also teaching has made me do yoga more besides the obvious reason. It helps that as an instructor I get free classes at CorePower (which is AMAZING), but it is also easier to practice on my own before or after I teach as well as take other classes when I am already at the studio. Besides the physical benefits, the mental and spiritual benefits for me have been missed and are much needed when I am busy with school and work. It's always good to be reminded to slow down, breathe, and stay present. I am finally getting back into yoga and am loving it.
Stretching/ PT Exercises
This one is kind of a no-brainer, but I need to carve out time at least 3x a week to continue with some of my theraband exercises from PT for my glutes and hips once I am no longer going on a regular basis. I also have been valuing a warm up and cooldown to my runs. For me that is walking a bit before and after a run. Stretching during the week is important to. I mostly stretched well after long runs during this past marathon training cycle, but taking the time multiple times during the week is so important. I like this quick stretching sequence from Runner's World.
I am slowly starting to add more strength training into my life. Having days on my plan where I am not supposed to be running but can cross-train has forced me to get back into the weight room. I forgot how good picking up and putting down heavy stuff can be. I've been doing some killer squats and lunges with weights at PT, but also want to focus on my core and upper body. My upper body lost some definition after strength training took a backseat during marathon training and frankly for much of the year before that started.
|And running. Really too much to ask?|
I miss having more definition in my arms as well as feeling stronger. I also know that it makes me a stronger runner and overall athlete when I am lifting weights. With my future job as an occupational therapist who will have to support and transfer patients, it's also important to be strong. So strength training for the win all around! Here's some good basic strength movements to get started that I often do when I'm in the gym without a plan.
Is there anything you want do more of in your fitness routine this year? What is your favorite way to cross-train?