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Monday, March 7, 2011

Running and Cross Training

During my monthly update, I talked a lot about running and went off on a tangent about races.  I didn't feel you in on what has been going on with my non-running activities, so here it is!

Weight Training
As of when I left for Indonesia, I was just starting the third mesocycle for Cathe's STS.  That was for upper body, anyway.  I started lower body STS about four weeks after upper, so I was somewhere in mid-mesocycle 2 for legs.  Of course, I lost some strength when I took nearly a month off for vacation.  Plus, I didn't start strength training for a couple of weeks after I returned from the far side of the world.  Total time off was almost six weeks.  I decided to backtrack and start mesocycle 2 over again.  I'm on week 3 of mesocycle 2 now, but I have yet to start on lower body again.

Right after getting back and starting running again, I was having no trouble with my running.  However, while out on a short run on February 24 (my fourth run since returning home), I noticed a tightness in my hamstrings.  No biggie, it wasn't affecting my form, so I continued on.

The next night, I was doing an STS workout for back and biceps - my first Back and Biceps workout since getting back - and while doing deadlifts, my hamstrings suddenly CRAMPED.  I stopped with the deadlifts, since I don't care that much about doing deadlifts and I think my hamstrings get plenty of exercise.  I kept feeling a little bit of tightness in my hamstrings on subsequent runs, but nothing major.  My running continued with no issues.  However, I decided to avoid doing any lower body weight training until I'd been back to running for longer.  This week, I hope to start with mesocycle 2, week 1 of legs.  We'll see.

Cycling
Uh...  I haven't been on the bike in weeks.  It's almost months.  Before going away, I was incorporating the bike (on its trainer) into my lower body weight workouts, doing spurts of cycling between sets.  This was working out nicely because as it turns out, I think that riding your bike on the trainer is one of the most boring activities ever invented.  I mean, I should have known.  At the gym, I've always hated the stationary bike.  I avoid it like the plague.  Why would I think I'd like riding a real bike in stationary form?

It's not quite warm enough here in Maryland to really get out on the bike, but since I bought my bike in late March last year, I figure that I'll be out on it again before too long.  In the meantime, I'll start biking during my lower body weight training sessions and see how things go.  No matter what, I don't think I'll be trained enough to do the bike ride in June that I had really hoped to do.  I mean, maybe.  I have time (about 12 weeks), but can I really do all of that, and train for my half marathon, too??  I still have never ridden my bike on a road besides in my neighborhood.

Yoga
UGH, Yoga.  I don't like yoga, but the main reason I don't like it is because I suck at it and I haven't ever taken the time to get better.  So, yesterday, I finally broke out my Rodney Yee beginner Yoga DVD.  I'm hoping this will help with the hamstring issue I've been having, too.  I can't touch my toes, and I would very much like to be more flexible.  I generally feel like I don't do yoga because I don't have time, but let's see if I can manage to do a workout or two a week...

4 comments:

Kandi said...

Have you mentioned which half marathon you're training for? If so, I think I missed it.
Sounds like you have gotten back into the swing of things pretty nicely. Hope your hamstring loosens up.

Kim said...

I'm training for the 500 Festival Mini-marathon in Indianapolis on May 7. We'll see how it goes!

marathonmaiden said...

i hate yoga too. but i kind of like weight training and probably should start doing it again. hopefully it'll get nicer out for you to go biking outside soon! fingers crossed for spring!

misszippy said...

Yes, yoga will help the tight hammies! I would give them a break from the lifting too...

Cycling days are not far off!

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