The posts are not as frequent as I'd hope I could offer but it is simply because I am figuring out a new world. Well...a new to me world. The world of weight lifting. Not quite sure which instance made me think about this more...
A. The mud run obstacle courses where I could barely lift my body threw the obstacles...and totally bypassed the walls.
B. I could not prove to my husband that I could do ONE pull-up. Just one. It was shameful.
Either way, weight lifting and various strength training became a thought in the back of my mind. I began last year after the back to back marathons with Insanity Max 30. The program was awesome! And good golly...I was sore from it. After that, I continued on with Kayla Itsines's Bikini Body Guide. By week nine, I had to stop though because I was already into Marine Corps Marathon training on a very intense plan.
My running ability had skyrocketed after those two rounds of strength building. Last year, pushing a double stroller through the heat of North Carolina for 50-65 mile weeks... I was tired but I beasted those miles. Finished the year with 2,400 MILES! After Old Glory Ultra though, I questioned what would happen if I altered everything to strengthen my body even more.
I began going to a local gym and playing around on the weight machines after a run. Also, I turned up the intensity of my daily routine. By Christmas break, I was doing full on routines that I had researched that went well with marathon training. I was home-bound at this point though due to potty training the littlest, so the hubby and I brought in his old weights and bench from the garage to help not derail my progress. Since that moment, I have been on a full on weight lifting schedule taking up 4 days of my week and running 4 days also with one full on rest day.
- Monday - Upper body lift
- Tuesday - Mileage run
- Wednesday - Speed run & Lower body lift
- Thursday - Rest
- Friday - Tempo run & Upper body lift
- Saturday - Long run
- Sunday - Lower body lift
This may not be "perfect" but it has been working wonderful for me. I have not felt nearly as drained as before. My runs feel cleaner and stronger. So my thoughts lately...if I feel stuck, it's time to go find something heavy & lift it.
Day my life changed: 8/3/2012
- Highest weigh-in to date: 243.5 lbs on 3/11/2008 (Wore 18/20 & 22/24 for a gown)
- As of 8/3/12: 208.6 (wearing size 16/18)
- As of today: 151.2 lbs (wearing size 4-6, XS-S & 26-27 jeans)
Body Fat Percentage
- As of 8/3/12: 46%
- Body Fat %: 21% (Only re-doing every 15th when I take new measurements)
- 134 lbs
- 18% body fat
- Building & toning muscle
- Furthering my yoga practice
- Running with Charity Miles 🙂
- Next Race: Shamrock Half
- Stroller Warrior “Run the World” Campaign restarted for 2016!
- Morning routine: Run and Weight lifting
- Nightly routine: ITB stretches, crunches, leg lifts, hip extensions, donkey kicks, squats, tricep pushups, pushups and plank
- Welcome to join Will Get Fit…for Cake Fitness Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/566678520087780/
- Still logging in my MyFitnessPal! I hit a 1,050 day streak!