If you’ve ever created a training plan, you know that puzzle can contain quite a few links. Not all of them are necessary corner-pieces, but the more you add the bigger your picture and results will be.
Every race I’ve trained for has presented a new challenge – maybe I’ll aim for a PR, or a new distance, or a harder course, or Irun two races in one day, or decide to run through rain and snow – and the opportunity to learn something about running strong.
This year I’ve added quite a few pieces to my puzzle, and now I can’t see the picture without them…
*Yoga has become a staple in my routine. I stretch, pose, breathe deeply, let my mind go and relax at least once a week. It does wonders for tight hip flexors, tight calves and legs you once thought were strong but start shaking in Horse or various lunges. I also have lululemon to thank for turning an interest into a passion!
*Strength Training may not be in the agenda consistently, but we’re developing a much better relationship! Trying out new things like TRX and CrossFit have totally woken my muscles up (and left them aching with Lactic Acid). It’s now something I choose to do at least once a week (hey, it’s a start).
The lululemon group – bright & early with some TRX gadgets.
It probably wouldn’t hurt to get back in a push-ups-every-morning habit either…anyone want to enforce that? Anyone??
*Speedwork & Long Runs are present even when I’m not training. They may not be as regimented or following a faster-longer schedule, but they make an appearance once a week and keep me strong for whatever comes up next!
One link that has been missing since our move to Colorado? Group Runs. Those of you who have been around for a while know that I loved every run with my Group in DC. We did a lot together, in and outside of running, and challenged each other to push limits. I even had one buddy, Kate, who got up with me at 5:00 a.m. almost every day so we weren’t out on those dark morning streets alone. I found out I could faster, farther, earlier, without a lot of sleep & sometimes wihtout any idea where we were going (we may have once crossed state lines without realizing it…).
I really miss that community, and have yet to make much of an effort to find one here that might do all those tricks. Once my marathon training ended, I realized that was a link that I didn’t want to do without. A hole in the puzzle that needed to be put back.
This week I have at least two groups I’ll be joining for different types of runs and new territory! I’m excitedly anxious to see what this Denver scene has to offer…
What pieces make up your Run-Strong puzzle? What links, if any, are missing?