Even though I’m dying to get back to running, this week has been a good excuse to get back into some cross training, which I actually think is an important component to a normal training schedule.
Cross training helps prevent injuries and works some different muscle groups than running, which I think helps make for a stronger runner. Since I’m injury prone and trying to take special care of my IT band after it acted up towards the end of the marathon last week, cross training will be a key component in my weekly schedule for a while.
Here’s the plan for next week:
- Monday: XT – spin bike/elliptical combo (total 50-60 mins), lifting, core work and stretching
- Tuesday: easy run – 4-ish miles
- Wednesday: XT – spin bike/elliptical combo (total 50-60 mins), lifting, core work and stretching
- Thursday: easy run – 5-ish miles
- Friday: XT: vinyasa yoga (50 mins)
- Saturday: easy run – 6-ish miles
- Sunday: easy run – 4-ish miles OR XT on the spin bike/elliptical
Since, let’s face it, cross training at the gym is BORING, I like to break up the workout on the spin bike and elliptical. The lifting usually consists of some arm work (triceps and shoulders), combined with planks, ab work, lunges, etc. I’ve always made core work a part of my training routine, and I think this really helped me stay strong towards the end of the marathon.
Another great strength builder – yoga!
Saturday morning I dusted off my yoga mat went to a class at my gym for the first time in FOREVER. Before class I fueled up with some oatmeal, blueberries, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg with a dollop of peanut butter and almond milk.
I usually stick to a few yoga DVDs I have at home, but going to classes is a great way to mix things up and try some new poses. The morning was gorgeous as I walked to the studio (remember what was happening on this street (First Ave.) just 6 days ago??).
I am super out of yoga-shape – my legs felt like jello after a one-hour class!
Lunch was a favorite of mine – caramelized figs, walnuts and raisins over Greek yogurt (recipe here!)
Most stores don’t carry figs anymore during this time of year (sad face), but I’ve discovered that Eataly has a pretty steady supply to feed my addiction – win!
I’m off to set up shop in Starbucks for a long day of studying, but because I still can’t stop talking/thinking about the marathon, below are some of the “official” photos from race day.
Near Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem (mile 22-ish)
So happy 🙂
It’s a gorgeous day in NYC – hope everyone enjoys!
Question: Do you practice yoga?