According to an article on active.com, winter time is a good time to work on the trifecta of running for better performance: Strength training, Joint mobility, and Running technique. Strength training is an area I’ve struggled with for several reasons. I decided to focus on it for the next 2 months until I start training for a half marathon in the spring.
The CoreBody Reformer I won at BlogHer 2012
Why I Struggle
- I don’t belong to a gym with access to weight machines. I don’t have the budget for most gyms, and I don’t have the time. It’s at least 10 to 15 minutes to a gym, plus I would need childcare which adds on time, too.
- I have a limited amount of time as a mom of 5 kids who blogs, volunteers, and runs a home. Yes, I live by my schedule, and I need to be mindful of my commitments.
- I’m not sure what to do. What strength training activities are going to give me the most bang for my buck with my limited budget and time constraints.
- I find it hard to schedule workouts outside of my normal 5:15 am and 7:30 pm sessions. I may need to team up with a friend for one of my strength/cross training workouts.
- Use what I have. I already have a CoreBody Reformer, arm weights (5
), ankle weights (2 sets), T-Tapp, and 30 Day Shred.
- Record my workouts in a paper calendar. I find it hard to record strength workouts in mapmyrun without doing a lot of playing around. I don’t need to know calories burned. I just need to see myself actively strength training. The free and very cute paper calendar from Run Pretty Far fits my purpose. I keep it by my bed with a gold pen since I do a lot of workouts in my bedroom.
- Continue my free weight routines because they do work. When I do my leg lifts, I see the results in my pace within a few days.
- Team up with a workout buddy. I’ve already sent an email to a friend who works out with kettle bells at a place 5 minutes from my home. I think the charge for the sessions is $10, well within my budget. My friend is a positive, encouraging person, definitely someone to hang out with.
- Use whatever means necessary to get myself to do the CoreBody and 30 Day Shred workouts. Maybe if I treat myself to a new running top or piece of equipment if I complete a certain number of workouts, I’ll be motivated to stay on track.
What are your fitness goals for the winter?