weight training for runners

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First time posting progress photos on here…these photos are 3 months apart the first one was February and the second one was just a couple days ago. Looking at these two photos makes me extremely proud to know that I worked my ass off and am getting results. 

I really loved this yoga program that I tried out today! 🙆

I’ve always liked yoga, but found that classes I took or videos I followed were always either:
1. Way too hard and isn’t yoga supposed to be relaxing
2. Sleeping on the ground the whole time not getting a workout at all
3. I can’t follow what you’re saying because I don’t speak yogi! And what’s with all the candles and chanting?

But I know that I’m not flexible AT ALL and that’s one of my biggest weak points. Plus, I’m a runner and stretching is hugely important to runners and something that most of us don’t do nearly enough. 🏃

So when I tried out a video from 3 Week Yoga Retreat, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s marketed towards beginners, but it’s still challenging enough to feel like a workout even though it’s “just yoga.” I felt sufficiently strengthened, stretched, and relaxed by the end. 🌻

If you want to try it out (especially my runner friends!) let me know! 😊

April 12
Forgive me for this weird ass pose, I see people with actual arm muscles doing it all the time and idk I think my butt looks cute. So. There ya go.

I think we may have found a winner for half marathon shirt; it’s big, a nice color, not cotton, doesn’t chafe, and doesn’t show my sweat. A good contender for the moment. Of course I have like literally 5 months to figure it out lololol.

Yesterday was chest / back / triceps and a short 2.25 miles. For some reason, even though I started pretty early, I felt very rushed to get through the last couple sets because I wanted to finish in time to catch the train that gets me downtown before RTM closes at 6. Literally having your fresh grocery place closing at such an early hour SUUUUUX so much. I barely had enough time to get back and stretch after my run, even though I ran faster than I was expecting the day after Afterburn.

I’m starting to get frustrated because of the lack of weight loss I’ve been experiencing these last few weeks, despite the rigor and variety of my workouts. I’m eating well, sleeping well, taking vitamins every morning, changing up my routine all the time… I legit don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I feel better about my runs I guess, but it’s still annoying to be working so hard and doing everything you’re allegedly “supposed” to do, and still not seeing any results. If anything, I’ve gained weight. Wtf. Over the summer when I was doing T25 ONLY, I was slimming down so fast. I know it takes time, but I’m spending so much time on this and I’m very committed, so it’s just very discouraging to see not even a damn pound off.

I think it may have something to do with how quickly I can eat after my workout. I know I used to hear all the time if you don’t eat pretty much immediately after your workout, you might as well not have done it. Part of the annoying thing about working out at work is having to commute home afterwards, which is not a small amount of time. I also usually have to rush out of there in order to catch the damn train so I’m not home at like 7:30 and have no time to make dinner. So it’s not like I can hang out and like have a smoothie or a meal or something. Idk.

Do we know how much time you actually have after a workout to eat before you risk not fueling right? I’ve heard anything from half an hour to 2 hours, and that’s a big difference… Does anyone else experience a plateau because of improperly fueling? Any advice on protein bars I can buy, or something quick I can prepare as part of my late lunch that won’t be a bitch to do in the morning? I just bought Luna Protein bars yesterday to hold me over until I can find a good solution, but I’m not a big fan of how much sugar is in them. Bleh.

Chest / Back / Triceps
3x each

15 reps lat pulldowns w/ machine, 60# resistance
15 reps chest fly w/ elevated legs, 10#
15 reps lawnmower pulls, alt. sides, 10#
15 reps bent over wide rows, 10#
15 reps bench press machine, 30# resistance
20 reps cobra late pulldowns
15 reps dumbbell pullovers, 10#
15 reps bent over back fly, 6#
15 reps chest fly machine, 30# resistance

2.25 mi
9'33" min / mi

Listening to: “Power” by Little Mix

Fartlek run today! 👟

I love playing around with paces, and it certainly makes the time go by faster. ⏱

4 miles clocked today. ✔

Overall a good run. Had a little bit of soreness in my feet. Not sure what that was all about.

Oh and I just love this shirt so I had to show it off! 😛

5/22 workout and food

- 1 hour walk
- 5 x 400m (1:35-1:45) with 0.5 mile warmup/cooldown
- Dirty 30
- Pilates Fix

Breakfast: chocolate shakeology, chocolate graham cracker, almond milk
Lunch: romaine, red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, parmesan, croutons
Snack: veggie chips
Dinner: beef stew
Snack: birthday cake Halo Top

I’m feeling sentimental today, as I picked up my bib for my second half marathon.

On the left is a photo from Halloween 2013, the right is from last month. In 2013 I saw that costume and thought it was cute, and a little badass. However when I tried it on I looked- well… pregnant. Seeing as I was not with child I decided I had 4 weeks to drop a few pounds. And I did!

A few weeks after this photo was taken I fell in love with running. I gained a passion along with the loss of pounds and low self esteem. I didn’t just look better; I felt better too.

In each photo you see a smile on my face. Both genuine. But you can see in the one on the right how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learned to love my body- because it can do amazing things❤️🏃🏽‍♀️

So here it goes on Sunday another chance to push my mind, body, and soul!