I’m currently doing a plan for getting in shape for my upcoming half marathon on February 15th. Last week Heather and I started running with the Running Room Marathon Training Clinic and it was really the kick in the ass we needed to get serious again about running 5 days a week.
To really take things to the next level without over stressing my body I’m also adding some upper body workouts to help strengthen my core and arms. That includes doing 50 full range sit-ups and about 20 push-ups every day. A strong core is key to having a biomechanically efficient run.
In addition to the workout I’m also very focused on my diet. I’m cutting carbohydrates out of my diet because that approach helped me lose 20lbs last year. Ideally I would like to weigh between 150 and 155lbs for the Seattle Marathon in July – That’s 10 to 15lbs to lose for me. Every pound of fat lost translates to a minute of time less in a full marathon.
Last Sunday we did a slow 13Km run, 50 sit-ups and 20 push-ups.
Monday – no running, 50 sit-ups and 20 push-ups
Today – 6Km tempo run, 50 sit-ups and 20 push-ups
I’m not sure that the Running Room approach to training is going to get me in the best shape in the least amount of time. It’s geared at being a social event, where people enjoy coming and chatting while slowly getting in shape. The real strength of the Running Room approach is that it provides some accountability and motivation to stick with it. It’ll be another few weeks before we’ll get into the hill training and fartleks that will really push the speed, and get some results.
I will probably be adding in some HIIT days to my schedule next week.