As I mentioned in my last post, for the next 90 days I’m going to be prioritizing strength training instead of focusing on running. I’ll still be running, but if I have to choose between fitting in a strength training session and going for a run, I’ll be choosing strength. Or at least that is the plan.
|I think I’ve actually lost muscle mass since Disney|
Strength training is really not my thing. I don’t love it. I don’t miss it if I don’t hit the gym a few times a week. That is my relationship with running, not weights. In the next year I’m hoping to knock out some pretty sweet PRs and get a little bit more serious about running. So even though it feels a little counter intuitive, I’m going to be focusing on strength training instead of running for the next 90 days.
Last year I realized that I don’t seem to bounce back from races as quickly as other runners. I’m pretty much okay with that. I know not to schedule races too close together. And it mostly works. However, I can’t help but wonder if I had better overall fitness if I would be a bit more resilient after races.
I’m hoping in 2016 I won’t be quite so worn down after racing, which is especially important since I’m planning on tackling a lot of 5ks in the spring. After most of these races I will need to recover quickly and get right back into hard training if I want to continue to see improvements over the course of the season.
Reduce Body Fat
It is no secret that elite runners are very lean. While I am definitely not quite that speedy, I do want to get faster. A sub 20 5k is not an easy goal. If leaning out a bit can help me get to that goal, then that is what I am going to do. I’m hoping that changing up my usual work out routine (running with a side of running) I will pick up a bit of muscle and drop a bit of body fat.
I will be cleaning up my diet as well. P90X has a diet plan to accompany the program, but it looks like it would difficult for me to follow (I’m a very picky, lactose intolerant, vegetarian). I will be adding a bit more protein to help build muscle, cutting back on carbs because I’ll be running less, and cutting back on alcohol/splurges (my wedding anniversary, Thankgiving, Christmas, New Years and my birthday are all within this 90 day period).
I don’t have a single race on my calendar until April 2016. This is a good thing because I absolutely need to take a break from hard training. I’ve been following one training plan or another since March and it is time for a break.
Well, sort of. I want to maintain my running base so that I am ready to start training hard in February and I KNOW that without an actual plan I will end up hardly running at all. Especially when the weather starts to suck and I just want to stay inside. I’m hoping that by keeping the focus on strength training while supplementing with running, I will be able to maintain my current level of fitness and still feel mentally/physically prepared to resume training in the spring.
I’ve already skipped one workout this week in favor of pizza, ice cream, and Netflix. So there is definitely a strong possibility that this plan will not work out at all. But I’m hoping if I keep reminding myself that it is only 90 days (87 left!) I can power through.