Thursday, 30 August 2012

Back to the Drawing Board

Every once in a while in running, as in life, it's time to go back to the drawing board.  To take a long, hard look at what works and what doesn't and to make the necessary changes to get better results.  And for me one of those times is right now.  

Baby Girl is now six months old and, according to the clever people, relaxin (the hormone that causes increased elasticity in your joints during pregnancy - not relaxin' as in chillin'...) should now be something of the past.  In other words any and all pregnancy related excuses for plodding along and slacking is now officially old news.

One of the things I've neglected until now, is strength training.  As a new mom with a full-time job, making time to go to the gym (on top of running a few times a week) is just hard (do I spy an excuse right there...?).  My current strategy is clearly not cutting it - hence the drawing board.  My solution?  Hills.  Or stairs.  Once a week.  Until my lungs hurt.  Bam!  Running and strength training in one.

More of this.  Less slacking.

The second thing I need to work on, is speed.  Until now I've been plodding along like a one pace pony.  No intervals; no tempo runs - just cruise control all the way.  And that needs to change.  How?  One speed session a week.  Fartleks, intervals, tempo runs.  Love.

Weekends will pretty much stay the same, running wise, except that the mileage slowly needs to increase over time.  Why?  There's this beautiful little off-road half marathon on a wine estate in Cape Town early in December...

I'll keep you posted!

3 comments:

  1. I love stairs and they do make you strong. I use stair training for mountain race training. All the best in getting things balanced out again with training...but the family always comes first. :)

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  2. Get it lady!!! :)

    I can't believe it's already been 6 months since you had her. WOW!

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  3. 6 months already??? Stair training is awesome for mountains. Let me know how that goes from a strength conditioning standpoint!

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