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.

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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?

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  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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