Exercise

Less Running, More Lifting: My 12-Week Weight Lifting Program

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Ever since I finished the marathon in November, I haven’t been much into running. This is mostly because I’ve been lifting a lot of weights. And after I came across and began this 12-week weight lifting program, I got really into spending my time on strength training.

I enjoy little bouts of running here and there, but for the most part, I think I might have exhausted my capacity for distance running; at least for the time being. (After all, I was just on the phone with Mark and I did mention that I’ve been itching to sign up for a half marathon. But that won’t happen until after we move and we’re all settled in.)

Right now I have a gym membership with LA Fitness, and instead of spending hours on the treadmill there, I’ve been finding more enjoyment in the weights section. Picking things up and putting them down, if you will.

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Random Thoughts + Football as Fitness Motivation

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Really, could anything be more motivating than that? ;)

Let’s cut right to the chase: I’ve been extremely unmotivated lately.

Not so much when it comes to working out (I’ll talk about that, and how football fits into the picture, in a bit), but mostly when it comes to blogging. I can’t explain it any other way then I just haven’t felt like blogging lately.

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It’s Raining and I Don’t Feel Like Going to the Gym


Monday’s workout.

Confession: Yesterday I let a lack of motivation get the best of me.

I was planning on going to the gym to run on the treadmill after work, but at some point during my train ride home I decided that I just wasn’t going to go.

It was pouring rain and windy outside; all I kept thinking was, “Once I get home, there’s no way I’m going back out again.” The more I thought that, the more I was able to convince myself that skipping the gym was a good idea.

Basically, my excuse was as simple as, “It’s raining out and I don’t feel like going to the gym.”

But you know what? I don’t feel guilty and I stand by my decision.

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Cross Training Workouts For Runners

Hello Hungry Readers! I’m excited to share that today’s post comes from fellow health and fitness blogger, Kaitlin Gardner. Kaitlin blogs at AnApplePerDay.com. She writes to further her passion for a family-friendly, green living lifestyle and she is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature and she is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life. Today on Hungry Runner she’s sharing some of her cross training tips for runner!

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Image via localfitness.com.au CC BY-SA 3.0

-Cross Training Workouts For Runners-

You’ve been running for several years, and have decided to take it up a notch; maybe it’s time to train for a long-distance race? Yes, the eventual goal for most runners is to run a 10K, or a half or full marathon, but it won’t happen overnight, go slowly and train in stages. As you delve into the world of running more and more, you’ll start to hear a lot of talk about cross-training, and how it can help your running. So what is cross training, and how does it help?

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Exercising in the Morning: How to Get Your Butt Out of Bed

Since I’ve started commuting to work from Long Island, as part of my marathon training, three days a week I’ve been waking up to run at 5 a.m. Exercising in the morning: it isn’t always easy to get out of bed, but I never regret it when I do.

Everyone asks me, “How do you do it?” and sometimes I don’t really know the answer to that question. Sometimes it’s a simple as, I just do.

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Strength Training Workout for Runners

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Image courtesy of Shay Kostabi

As you may have noticed, I’ve been talking plenty about marathon training lately (are you tired of hearing about it yet?), but I haven’t had much of a chance to talk about some of the specifics, like my strength training workouts, which are just as essential as any other part of the program.

Remember, strength training is important, not only because it will make you a stronger, faster runner but it will help you to prevent injury, too.

Strength moves like lunges, mountain climbers and abductions offer an opportunity for you to move your joints and muscles through different planes of motion, which helps to counteract the repetitive motion of running.

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