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Incorporating strength training

Posted Aug 10 2009 4:33pm
I started the week yesterday with a short 1.75 mile run around Bear Creek Trail. The weather has been fantastic with temps hitting 90 the past two days. I love it! 90 degrees here doesn't feel like 90 at all because of the lack of humidity. I left the apartment wanting a pace under 11 minutes and I made it with a 10:57 pace. Amazing what you can do if you just think you can.

Today I hit the gym to get a strength workout in this week. I have mentioned before that I need to incorporate more cross and strength training so today I made the extra effort. The rec center I go to has a large selection of machine weights that is sufficient for the training I need. I did a full circuit hitting all the major muscle groups - 2 sets of 12 on each exercise - and finished with 50 crunches. I left the gym with fatigued arms and a great feeling.

I need to get back into a routine so here is my "on paper" commitment:

Monday: Short run
Tuesday: Weights
Wednesday: Medium run (or speed work)
Thursday: Power Workout class
Friday: Long run
Weekend: Cross training

If I can stick to the Monday-Friday schedule, I think I will be doing good. Now, you guys are reading this which means you must make me accountable! Feel free to bust my behind - I work better under those circumstances anyway.
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