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Friday, April 4, 2008

Running Update

Training Update
I'm now exactly one month from the next race, the Frederick Half Marathon.  Training has been going very well.  Things got a little crazy and I have been flipping weeks and making changes to the schedule because spring is here and that means that Todd and I are coming out of hibernation and starting to have a social life and plans again.  Plus, I was sick last weekend.  I still have one long run left and one speed workout left before the marathon, but I know for certain that I will be at the starting line confident in my preparedness. 

Running Reading & Yay Karen!
Some interesting reading things about running lately.  I've been a little obsessed with the women on the cover and inside of Runners World.  Abs, mostly.  I know I can't achieve a six pack.  I might actually be physically capable of it, but I'm not mentally able to keep my diet clean enough for the period of time required to get a six pack.  Still, it's interesting to see the crazy abs and muscles of some of these chicks and at least strive to get as close as I can.  I was also interested in an article I read in the latest issue (May's issue, I think) that stated that if you want to lose weight and weight loss is your goal, you should be running half marathons.  People that join a full marathon program with the goal of losing weight drop out more frequently than those only trying to do the distance or that have some other goal.  Interesting stuff.  Another interesting thing I found recently from Runners World is the Running For Two blog, which chronicles a pregnant runner and how she handles staying active during her pregnancy.  I haven't had a chance to really, really read it, but I have to admit it's a topic that interests me. 

Also, congrats to Karen from Fleet Feet, who shocked me by showing up in a Runners World article in that latest issue.  Bravo!!  Karen and Bobby are also preparing to run the Boston Marathon.  Their training has not been without its roadblocks this year, so I'm sending out warm wishes to them.

Another great blog that I found is Josh Hillis' Fitness Blog.  I've been reading through some of the things he has to say and I really like his training philosophy.  It's a pretty simple, no nonsense approach.  In one of his articles, he quotes Neal Spruce, who says,
You must come to accept the factual calories in and out aspect of weight management; otherwise, there's no point in trying to solve for the motivation aspect. Repeat after me: if you're overweight, it's not because of your age, it's not your thyroid, it's not menopause, it's not because you don't eat enough, it's not your parents' fault, it's not the number of fat cells you were born with, it's not that you don't do your aerobic work in your target heart range, it's not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), it's not that you weren't breast fed, it's not your medication, it's not your hormones, it's not sugar, it's not trans fat, it's not saturated fats, it's not carbohydrates, it's not because you eat after 7:00PM, it's not because you had a baby, it's not because you eat the wrong glycemic foods, and, no, it's not the fast food industry's fault if you are overweight and don't like it...

...So let's get past the calorie piece and all the misinformation and boil it down to one simple sentence you can apply to your life right now: "I won't think about anything else except eating fewer calories than I burn until I reach my goal."  Say it again! "I won't think about anything else except eating fewer calories than I burn until I reach my goal".

Pretty good advice.  Josh also advocates The Stripper Workout (kinda fun).  I'm most interested in Josh's recommendations for strength training for runners.  I've come to completely agree with a lot of his fundamental advice on the subject.  My weight training has been present, but I've been focusing a lot on cardio for weight loss and less on the strength training.  Once I get through the Frederick Half and start my Galloway training, I'm going to give Josh's advice a try.  I'll need to think about the kettlebells though.  I don't know a lot about them, but I've heard good things.  However, I don't know how interested I am in investing in some other fitness equipment right now, especially when I am really thinking of buying a bike.

Have a Bike to Sell?
That being said, if anyone has a women's bike that they'd like to sell to me, I'm in the market.  I have a few things I'm looking for.  Basically, I want a bike that is not too expensive - I'd like to stay under $200, but that is negotiable, just an idea.  I would like it to be a women's bike, I don't like men's bikes.  I'd like to be able to ride it on the road and the NCR trail.  I'd like it to be cheap in price, but not embarrassing to ride.  So, it needs to be something at least a little decent.  Thoughts?  Anyone know anything about bikes?


EbethS said...

I really love Josh's program, it works really good for runners, short and to the point, you may also get close to that 6 pack.

Also kettlebells are one of my best investment from last year and those also fit very well in a running program.

Check out this sites for more info
Also Target has the Gofit kit with Sarah Lurie workout DVD.

At you can find and RKC in your area and take a lessson so as to learn proper form.

Good luck on your next race.


Kim said...

I bought Josh's book and I'm going to try it on Monday. We shall see how it goes!

I'm still quite skeptical of the idea that I could have a 6 pack, short of starving myself.

As for kettlebells, I'm still not sold on them as far as cost-benefit analysis. We'll see how Josh's stuff goes and see if it works. If so, kettlebells might be worth a try. I wish I could find some used.

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