Marathon Cross Training

Happy Friday! I’m excited to have a super long weekend as my mom’s flying in from Boston to visit! She hasn’t seen my new house yet, or met Miguel so there will be quite a few exciting things happening this weekend!

Yesterday I had double workout sessions. I ran 5 miles in the morning, then worked with my trainer in the afternoon.




The run felt great, but man was my training session hard! We focused on upper body to give my legs a rest, and went until failure. Ouch! Each of these were done with 3 reps of 12-15 with a  60 second break. On the 4th rep, take a 15 second break then go to failure.

  • Dumbbell Bench Press 
  • Dumbbell Peck Fly 
  • Free Motion Cable Crossover 
  • Triceps Rope Pressdown
  • Cable Overhead Tricep Extension
  • Cable Biceps Curl

After my arms were jello, we moved onto some core work.

This workout definitely made me realize I need to do more upper body workout. Currently, my cross training consists of a core workout  and IT band rehab but nothing really upper body. When I was just starting to get into racing again last year, I was also participating in a 3 day a week boot camp at my gym so had a total body work out in addition to running. With my marathon training plan I don’t really have time to commit to boot camp again, but I’m definitely going to start adding in at least a day of upper body training.

QOTD: How do you mix in cross training with running?



  1. I think crosstraining is hugely important or else how would we get faster to be better runners ;)
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  2. Ugh I’m so bad at cross training, the most i did was vinyassa yoga…your way ahead of me! I’ll be better at it when I start training again after baby….I hope ;)
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  3. I do spin and elliptical as cross training and al ot of core and strength focus :)
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  4. It’s tough to mix in with running, but I usually try to do upper body twice a week, and add some lunges/squats immediately after a tough run so my legs have some time to recover before running hard again!
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  5. I always do weights at least twice a week and then try and mix other cardio and Pilates in there too. When I just try and run only my legs can get way too tired or too tight so I always have to make sure I cross train and listen to my body.
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  6. It is hard, I took some time and did Stage 1 of New Rules of Lifting for Women which really made me stronger but it was hard to keep up the mileage that I need for running.
    I started working with a running coach and hope this gets easier to balance. I cant be so sore from weights that I can not run like I was before. On the other hand, upper body strength is going really well!
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