I have to admit that I'm a little bored with my training right now. The weather is warming up a little, but the roads are still a gamble at times. So, for the most part, I'm still trucking it out on my treadmill. I did get one 4 mile run outside last week, and my hamstrings weren't super happy with me. But I expected that. It takes a few runs for them to get back in shape.
In the mean time, I've been adding some cross training into my routine. I mentioned how I've started doing Yoga for Runners on my rest days. I really think that's been helping with my flexibility. Except yesterday I started suffering from some strange tightness in my sciatica/upper glut. I ran this morning, which made it feel better for about 30 minutes and then went right back to feeling tight. Who knows what's going on there.
I read a brief article (from where exactly is escaping me at the moment) about core strength being important when running a marathon. When you hit that wall after XX miles, core strength helps to at least keep you upright and in good form.
I started doing this 15 minute strength routine for runners from Nike. Not only does it include a bunch of core exercises (hello side planks, who knew you were so difficult!?), but it also has some hamstring/glut muscle and upper body exercises. It really only takes 15 minutes, and definitely kicks my butt.
I'm toying with the idea of signing up for RunnersConnect, after hearing a running friend sing it's praises. He was training for a marathon last fall, and shared some of the workouts they gave him with our running group. I wasn't able to make any of them due to
RunnersConnect has two different options: a custom training schedule for $40-50 a month, or personal training for $169.95 a month. Personal training is a bit out of my financial reach, but I'm thinking of doing the custom training schedule. They still provide feedback and support, and also offer tips on strength training, nutrition advice, and you have access to their chat forums to talk to other runners.
I've put together a training plan that seems good to me, but having never trained for a marathon before - what do I really know? If this service can help me be successful, then I think I'm willing to dish out the dough. I have a few months to decide, and until then I really don't even need to start officially "training". It's all (boring) maintenance miles until then.
Fingers crossed for an early spring!
What are you training for right now? Have you ever used a custom training service before?
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