Runners by default get their cardio in, but usually need to do more strength and core training. I heard that if a runner strength trains, it will help with their running. It sounded good so I wanted to see if it would work for me.
All things in life need to be balanced for us to see all the benefits we desire. If you love apples and only eat apples you would have some problems and not be well nourished. Apples are good for you, as a part of your diet but not as your diet. If you eat a balanced diet than you will see the most results from all your work. The same goes for exercise you need to do more than one thing do be the best you can.
I decided to see if adding strength training would help me get faster. Who doesn’t want to get a new PR.? I sure wouldn’t mind. So I revved up my training in areas I had ignored for too long. I was already running about 21 miles a week, and a Zumba class at my church twice a week, after which we would do either abs or the Thirty Day Shred. So I started to do Yoga X and Plyometrics once a week and Cardio X four times a week, and doing several other exercises for leg strength. I was sore a lot and wanted to stop, but I decided it was in my best interest to stick to it and see if it would work. Remember what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Last fall I was getting out the winter clothes out of the attic, for our family that is a real big job not to mention the boxes are really big. To make this short I hurt my rotator cuff and was in lots of pain for quite a while. It still gives me trouble from time to time. Before that I could do pushups pretty ok , now it hurts afterword and I can only do a few normal ones then have to do them om my knees. But I am improving with them each time.
So if you have trouble with an area like I do with my rotator cuff, just do what you can when you can and you will see improvement. It may be slow but it will help you to improve, you may want to talk to your Doctor first to make sure it will be ok or at what speed you should progress. You don’t want to slow down any healing your body is working on, or cause more damage and pain.
After all this work and pushing myself to see if it would help me reach a new PR, I was excited to accomplish just that this past weekend. We ran 11 miles but at the 15k mark I was at 1:30:10 which was 3 min and 16 seconds faster than my Hot Chocolate race. It worked for me; maybe you should give it a try too.
The Yoga helps with overall strength and balance which is great for everyone. I used the BEACHBODY P90X program.
Plyometrics helps with cardio, leg strength, great for runners or anyone. I used the BEACHBODY P90X program.
Thirty day shred is both cardio and strength awesome for all. It has three levels; you can find it on YouTube, program by Julia Michaels.
Zumba is fun, good for all ages. Find it on YouTube or better yet find a group in your local community. I attend one at our church; two of my daughters go with me.
You can find other exercises on YouTube. Or you may already have some, which have collected dust on the shelf. Just do something, anything will help. The more you move the healthier you will be.
I Chronicles 16:11
Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.