We talk a lot about getting stronger and running faster…and focus little on how strength training will help us burn more calories.
Reality check! If you want to lose weight, lose inches, fit into your clothes better, or just slim down a bit… throwing strength training into the mix will give you that extra calorie burn long after your workout is done!
We’ll never stop running, but throwing some iron in the mix will help you reach those side goals Crew!
Day 25 exercises: Legs / Stability – 4 sets of 15
- Lunge Squats
- Plank Donkey Kicks
- Booty Boxes
- Split Squats
- Bedtime Plank
Bonus: #Hip Strength – 2-3 sets of 10
You’re going to see these exercises and more hip strength in next months challenge so learn to love them!
- Clams knees together
- Clams feet together
- Side lying leg raises
Speed Work: Mile Repeats – ****Repeated from Monday’s Post****
Last week we did a “mile test run” to see where we were at. The workout was intended to be one fast mile after warm up and cool down. This week we are doing 2-3 of those miles, but not at your fastest speed. You want to be at about 85%-90% of your 5K race pace. Think of it as a “tempo pace”. Your tempo pace should be a little faster then the time you would be able to hold during a half marathon. For example, my fastest half marathon is just under 2 hours (average 9:10/mile), so my tempo pace for these mile repeats would be around an 8:55. Never ran a half? That’s ok! I know the numbers are a little daunting to some, but don’t stress. Reach out to me by PM here and let’s chat. I will help you figure out where you should be.
- Warm Up – 1 mile (or more)
- Mile Repeats – 2-3 miles – No walking during your mile repeat. Run 1 mile then rest for 2 minutes. Stand there. Breathe. Do not walk. Start your watch over or hit that “lap” button before each mile. After you get your breathe back (don’t wait too long, 2 minutes is enough recovery time) then do another mile. Repeat 2-3 times.
- Cool down – 1 mile (or more)
- Total of 5-6 miles
- Stretch! – 7 Key Stretches for Runners
Lots of exercises today…I know it will take a little bit to get through them. But hey, if you want something bad enough, you make the time!
Excuses are easy…will you take the easy way out today? Or will you make time to do the work?
Make it a great Tuesday Crew! 🙂