Over the last month, I’ve done more strength training than I had previously done in the last 6 months.
I tell my runners to keep up with their strength training (bodyweight exercises, ie: pushups, squats, lunges, etc, core and ab work, hip and mobility, etc, etc… Yet, hardly ever “found time” to do it myself. There is a disconnect between my runner-self (doing strength work) and the coach (telling myself to do strength work). I know how valuable it is for me to do it, yet couldn’t pull myself together to actually do it with any kind of regularity. I choose an easy run over 20 minutes of strength. Blah! That needs to change.
Strength training is something I’ve needed to incorporate into my weekly routine, but never really had any desires to figure out how and when I’d make it work. Not only does strength work improve my running form, my running economy, and my overall ability to run faster, but it is also something I need to continue doing as I get into my mid-30’s.
This lack of effort, or, better put, lack of stringing together days and weeks of strength training has recently changed. I’ve been able to do my strength training with a group – and that has helped tremendously. I get my 3-4 mile run in, then head indoors to work out with the kids I’m coaching.
As it stands now, it looks like all I needed was some accountability and a reason to stay consistent. Maybe that’s all it takes for anything to get done?
Here are some of the routines I’ve done. If you do any, snap a pic and tag it with #TrainwithMarc.