Hey guys! Happy Sunday, I hope everyone has been having a great weekend so far. The weather here in Dublin has been so nice and makes training for the upcoming half marathon much easier. I just wanted to give a quick update on how training has been going. I mentioned in this post that it was really hard getting back into running again. My running fitness had seriously declined after taking a break after running the Berlin marathon. And although I still don’t feel I am at my fittest, I am much stronger than I was 6 weeks ago. There are a few things that have been helping me get back into running shape, read below!
Adding HIIT workouts. I feel this has been so important to get my strength in my legs and core back. There are so many hills in a lot of the races in Dublin that I really struggle on. Since adding HIIT workouts 3x a week I have felt stronger and I also feel my posture has gotten better! Running is so much about the core and with a strong core your posture becomes that much better and you also lessen the risk of injury. I do 28 minutes of HIIT/strength work 3x a week.
Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts. I know I have mentioned podcasts before but I just cannot rave enough about how much they help me on long runs. I started listening to S-Town (probably late to the party but I just heard about it) AND OMG. It is so addicting (similar to how addicting serial was!). I listened to the second (and third) episode of S-town today during my long run and the end threw me for a turn, my face literally dropped. I’d say anyone who saw me in Phoenix park thought I was insane. Some other podcasts I love listening to are: The Balanced Bites (modern take on real foods) and the Tony Robbins podcast (super inspiring).
Adding in races. Shorter races are a great way to test fitness levels. I rarely am able to push myself during runs on my own, even interval workouts I find it really hard to push myself. During races you’re more inclined to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself. Also, the atmosphere during and after a race is really great and super motivational. If you’re training for a marathon or half marathon I recommend finding a few 5k and 10k races to include in your training plan.
Stretching. I have a mini yoga flow that I do either before or after runs. I incorporate a lot of stretches in areas of the body where running injuries are most common. It’s nothing too strenuous or timely and I feel so much better after. I also try and include an hour of yoga at least 2x a week.
The half marathon is only three weeks away so I still have a bit more time to get my strength up, and hopefully finish S-town 🙂
Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!