Ok...here we are with no real training cycle...so where does that leave me on posting....and furthermore do you really care? I don't know, but I do know that most of you peeps have been doing a better job than me posting...so I here is what I plan on doing...talk about maintenance training...the kind of stuff that most endurance athletes neglect...or don't do very much...or don't let others know they are doing this stuff. Let's start from the top...of why...
I get done with Palo Duro 50 Mile Ultramarathon last October burned out...totally torched. Second I decided in December to run Bataan Marathon Heavy...with pack. Those two things caused me to review my training. After completing Palo Duro, I vowed to get myself in better "OVERALL" shape. In November I changed my training regiment up. I needed a change...running 6 days a week with an occasional spin thrown in through the summer months just whipped me into submission.
I began attending 5:00 A.M. boot camps twice a week, working overall body and core. I also attended a strength/flex group exercise class every Monday evening. Throw in speed work, long runs and maybe a spin class every once in a while and I began to drop weight 7 lbs to be exact...and more importantly body fat.
Why do I feel this is so important? Multiple Reasons: First, It breaks up my training regiment, keeps up my cardio (intensely I may add) and the Marine in me likes the hardcore approach. Second, a strong core is paramount in the long races...50 milers and further. Also, it helps with balance and being a trail runner that loves the technical stuff...well yeah...you need some balance. Stronger body...less injuries...let's not forget that one either. Let me add as well that I also started watching my diet...maybe too much. My wife said that I began to live like a disciplined monk....watching carb to protein ratios....eating for the training...every two hours watching calories and what kind of calories...it's a sickness...I have lightened up a little...but after a bad day of eating...I try to get back.
Next post I will cover some core exercises...we will start with the following plank...ok...maybe not...;-)
A challenge...me holding a plank for a minute and then into a push up....it sucked...just sayin'