February 23, 2012

Strength training plus marathon training

Yesterday's workout: 1 hour of slow track walking, machines for arms, push-ups, 2 min. plank, lunges and squats. I'm trying to not run until at least Friday, even though I'm itching to start back. The old joints need a rest. 

My soreness from the marathon was gone, but now that I actually did strength training for the first time in forever, I'm more sore than I was after running 26.2 miles. Something is subtly telling me that I don't do strength training enough. That something is every muscle in my body. 

So now one of my goals is to strength train, especially with two hilly races in Tennessee coming up. I know I need the glutes, quads, and hamstrings to be ready to fire on those hills. So I'm going to do at least one day of upper and lower body strength training a week. When I write that out, it sounds slightly pathetic, but if you knew how little I was doing the last few months, you would be impressed by my upgrade from zero. 

I'm missing Arizona today. Being in Arizona for the race meant that I got to spend time with my awesome family who lives there. 

Aren't they cute? And there are even more of them not pictured. We are related to lots of people in AZ.

We did stuff like this.

Is this for real AZ? I didn't even know they had water.

My sister and me.

Running with the saguaros. Cause that's what you do in AZ.

Then this morning, I missed them when I ate some of the delicious grapefruit from the tree in their backyard. Those lemons are from the same backyard. And guess what? The grapefruit doesn't need any sugar. It is perfectly sweet. 

A bowl of AZ.

I got another treat in the mail this week from twentysixtwo.com, a forum for marathon runners. And you can get a stickery treat in the mail too. All you have to do is join the forum! 

Guess who's behind the sticker.

How much strength training do you do when you are marathon training?

Do you like grapefruits with or without sugar? 

When was the last time you visited your family?