One aspect of training that I know I lacked for my last marathon was strength training, specifically legs. It was always the exercise I wouldn’t do if I was feeling lazy, tired, etc. I am throwing that out the window this time around and I am really going to challenge myself in the weight room. Not only am I going to commit to lifting weights three times a week, but I am actually going to do full body workouts each time, instead of just arms to keep my legs fresh. I know I will get stronger by lifting legs, and it starts now! To kick it off, I have an awesome full body workout to share with you that I completed yesterday morning at the gym!
Each of the colors is a different super set, so I completed each color 3 times before going on to the next one. All of the weights are listed to use with dumbbells. So for 10 the 10lb weights, I had 1 10lb dumbbell in each hand. The yellow exercises are abs, which I did just one set of each time. Follow me? Ok good!
I wanted to keep the weight relatively light, knowing it had been an incredibly long time since focused on my legs. I am sooo glad I did! My legs were like jello following the workout, and this morning on my run – ouch!! The first mile or so was pretty rough as I loosened up, and the entire 5 mile run was a bit slower than usual. I am happy to get as much of the soreness out before I start training for Chicago! I am almost 100% done perfecting the plan I am making for the Chicago Marathon, and I can’t wait to share it with you on Friday. Let’s just say its going to be an intense summer!
How often do you lift legs? Do you put an emphasis on lifting legs while training for a race, or do you skip legs all together? Anyone else have a training plan for Chicago?!