I know…I know! It has been a millennium since I last posted. The truth is, I just haven’t had anything to say. Any my momma used to say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it in your head until it boils and boils…..finally exploding in a cacophony of rage that…..” Well, you get the point.
Although, this post isn’t about rage.
So, I’ve been in training for the Okc Memorial Marathon on April 27th. This will be my third marathon and my second Memorial. Last year was freakin’ miserable for me. My quads started seizing at mile 17 and that made the last 9 miles a nightmare. I was on pace for a pretty good marathon up to that point. But a PR or any semblance of a decent time went out the window.
This year I’m determined to have a good marathon. I’ve been running well. I’m healthy. And I’ve incorporated some strength training into my training regimen.
Unfortunately, I’ve been slacking lately. I was attending a boot camp about three days a week. But a financially disastrous Jan/Feb put an end to that.
We’re now members at Gold’s; a membership we got through Jen’s work for a great price. But now I’m having problems getting any kind of organized strength regimen implemented. I go to the gym but really have no idea what to do, so I end up doing a few weighted squats and some exercises I learned in boot camp and call it a day.
But that’s about to change.
My friend Gena posted this article on Facebook today so I thought I would give this a try. It looks like a decent series of strength exercises that will work perfectly for my goals.
Feel free to copy/steal/share….after all, that’s what I did!
If you don’t understand the description, Google it! I did and it was really helpful for a few of them.
Keep rest minimal between exercises. Take 1-2 minutes between sets.
1A. Goblet Squat: 4×6
Hold a kettlebell upside down or a dumbbell underneath the weighted end at chest level. Feet should be slightly wider than shoulder-width. Sit down and back as if you’re sitting into a chair until the elbows nearly touch the knees, or 90 degrees. Press through the heels and stand up, extending the hips at the top.
1B. Side Plank: 4×30 seconds
Lie on the side of your body with legs fully extended. Place forearm on mat under shoulder and elevate the body. With body raised maintain a neutral spine and hold position for time. Repeat with the other side.
2A. Dumbbell 1-arm Row: 3×8
Grab a dumbbell with a neutral grip (palm facing in). Kneel on a bench and keep the spine neutral and core engaged. Fully extend your elbow then drive your elbow back until the dumbbell reaches your torso.
2B. Dumbbell Bench Press: 3×8
Lie on a bench with a dumbbell in both hands and feet pressed firmly into the ground. Press the weight out in front over your shoulders and chest. Return under control and repeat.
3A. Step back Lunge: 3×8
Stand tall with two dumbbells in each hand. Take a controlled step backwards and drop the hips until the back knee nearly touches the ground. Push off the back foot and stand tall with hips extended. Repeat for desired reps before repeating with other leg.
3B. Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3×8
Stand tall with two dumbbells held at shoulder height. Squeeze the glutes and press the dumbbells overhead, lockout the elbows and slowly return the dumbbells back to shoulder height. Repeat for desired reps.
1A. Lateral Band Walk: 2×12/side
Choose a low-moderate strength resistance band (often yellow or green). Wrap the band above the ankle and stand with the feet at shoulder width. Bend the knees into an athletic position and take a lateral step with the right foot, followed by the right foot. Maintain tension and hip level during the exercise. Perform all reps with one leg then repeat on opposite side.
1B. Plank: 2×30-60 seconds
Lie prone on with the body propped up on the forearms and toes. Feet should be placed together and elbows positioned underneath the shoulders. Raise body upward into a straight line, maintaining neutral spine. Hold position for time.
2. Single Arm DB Snatch: 3×5
Start with an overhand grip on a dumbbell in between your legs, your feet about shoulder width apart, and your core engaged. Bend your knees and hinge at the hips, keeping your back straight. The dumbbell should be about knee height. Explosively extend your hips, knees, and ankles while shrugging your shoulder at the same time. Catch the dumbbell overhead with your knees softy bent and your elbow locked out. Stand up tall and slowly lower the weight before repeating.
3A. Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift: 3×6-8
Start with a dumbbell in both hands and feet planted firmly on the floor. Slightly bend the knees and hinge at the hips, pushing your butt as far back possible while keeping the shoulders retracted. Go slightly below the base of the knee and return to standing by fully extending your hips and standing tall.
3B. Pushups: 3×6-8
4A. Barbell Glute Bridge: 3×8
Load a barbell and slide your hips underneath. Consider using a mat and position the bar in the crease of your hips. Lie flat on the floor with hands on the bar at shoulder length. Drive through your heels and extend your hips fully. The weight should be supported by your upper back and your heels. Slowly return the weight to the floor and repeat for reps.
4B. Inverted Row (bodyweight): 3×8
Position yourself underneath a secured barbell or TRX suspension trainer. Horizontally facing the ceiling with extended arms grab the barbell and pull your chest to the bar while keeping the core braced.
- Record and chart all exercises and weights used. Progressively overloading the body is vital to obtaining both long and short-term training benefits.
- Improving strength with multi-joint strength movements is a missing link in training for runners. Strength training will delay the onset of muscle fatigue, decrease the loss of energy during stride impact, and increase the ability to generate force for sprint speed. Two days per week, 45 minutes per workout will help you build a faster, stronger, more resilient body to improve your running performance.