I love to run. But I don’t really fall under the category of ‘running is enough’. I think that you should have some cross training or weight lifting if you so desire. It’s not for everyone, but some people are into that type of thing. I am not an expert, nor do I have a degree in this. All opinion.
A couple of years ago when I was more just running and not doing any races, I got this book for Christmas:
I actually started to do the workouts, but it was right before we moved from Alabama to Seattle. So that ended quickly. From time to time I would go into the gym and lift some weights. The funny thing is – I really enjoy it!
For the past 6+ months I have been reading Meals and Miles. Meghann has embarked upon this program and succeeded greatly! Seeing her progress with the program while training for a half Ironman and marathons is so inspiring! The book doesn’t say much about long distance events and extensive running, so I was a bit scared.
So about 6 weeks ago, I picked up the book, reread it and laid everything out. I had a couple of work trips sideline me, so I essentially started the program 3.5 weeks ago.
With my running schedule I decided the best option for hitting the gym 3x a week was 5am. Yep. So I have been going at 5 am to the gym 3 days a week. Its been fun! I feel so much better throughout the day when I am there early and get my workout going! In the mornings I don’t feel that I even need coffee!
The gym may scare some people but I think it is fun! It is fun to be in there with all the guys. Please don’t let this scare you!
Why am I doing this? Well for several reasons:
Strength I want to be stronger
Running – Strength will help my running
Lose weight – yep. Its true. I know this isn’t the solution, but it helps.
I know my weight starting this but I didn’t take measurements before I started. Maybe for the next stage. I feel some progress already, but I’ll recap at the end of the stage! The program is ~6 months long and I am excited to see how it progresses!
Off to the gym!!
**Happy Feb 29th! So crazy for this one extra day!! **