Over the past few weeks of not running due to: injury, my overall Ragnar recovery, and studying for my Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) exam, I’ve been doing some reflecting on my past training. I’ve been thinking a lot about what led up to last year’s half-marathon (post-kids) PB. (As an aside, did you know that there’s a difference between a PR and a PB? My friend Axel from the blog Iron Rogue explained it wonderfully at the Epic Canadian Fitfluential meet-up that I attended this past weekend: A PR is a Personal Record ” the fastest you’ve ever run a particular race/course, while a PB is a Personal Best ” the fastest you’ve ever run a particular distance on any course.) And I’ve also been thinking about what led up to this year’s injury (and weight gain).
EAT CLEAN, LIFT MORE
When I ran strong last year, I was also strong. I was going to BodyPump twice a week, and had just returned from maternity leave during which I had spent the year doing the Nike Training Club workouts with my two oldest daughters because they weren’t always interested in riding their bikes while I ran. I was also attending a core strength class twice a week. I was strong ” especially through the core. The strength (muscle) helped me to keep my weight down to a point where I wasn’t pulling more weight than my delicate joints can handle over long distances, and my running was very efficient.
Over the past year I’ve been drifting away from the strength training, and have been running more and more, thinking that will make me faster. Unfortunately the additional running has helped to increase my appetite (for junk) and I’ve been trying to out-train poor nutrition. This training technique never works for me and has led to every other injury I’ve ever gotten. Too much distance, too much running intensity, not enough strength training and not enough healthy eating. When will I ever learn?
So this summer, I ‘m declaring it the summer of strong. More strength, more lean protein, more fruits n veggies and less junk.
Admittedly this inspiration has come from meeting two awesome people: Kierstin Fu of the blog CandyFit (go check out her blog because not only is she incredibly entertaining, but her training for her Physique competition is seriously inspiring), and meeting a new-to-me blogger, Phaedra of Blisters and Black Toenails, and listening to her story of becoming a very accomplished triathlete and a much faster runner (hello 3:16 marathon PB!), by dropping a good 20lbs from increasing her strength training, and eating healthier. (Light bulb!)
Now as much as I want to dive head-first into my new plan, I have this exam-thing to study for and an injured ankle that needs to heal, which means that for the next week and a half I ‘ll be on the elliptical sweating it out while reading my CPPB prep guide:
(In a week from now I’ll write my CPPB exam and hopefully my 10 year journey towards certification will be over!)
So I’m starting slow – eating cleaner, and doing some core work after my elliptical study sessions. I also haven’t had a baked good, white sugar or bread in over a week! Starting the 15th of May, my next training phase in this marathon of life, is to increase my strength, focus on eating cleaner, and learning to balance my training, blogging and life. You’ve heard it here first folks! (I ‘m a total believer in the Ã…”The more people you tell your goals to, the more likely you will make it happen Ã‚Â philosophy.)
- What are your summer goals?
- Who inspires you?
- How do you study for exams?
PS -please check back here on Thursday for a fun guest post from my friend Alexandra who co-writes a healthy living blog for Boom Chicka Boomers called Fun and Fit