I thought I would extend this blog a bit because I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I’m training and why the change in my workouts and if I’m doing weights, core, strength. So this may be a bit lengthy (for me..I know 1000 word posts come easily for some…). Anyways:
First, I am no longer mindlessly ellipticaling unless it’s a recovery day. I don’t go the gym for the soul purpose to burn calories. That isn’t why I want to go to the gym (though that is obviously a side effect). My workouts are more targeted for when I can run again.
In a week span, my new workout plan might look something like this and is COMPARABLE to the amount of time I was running before. Also this is what works with my personal schedule. I work an 8:30-4:30 job as well.
Monday: AM: 1 Hour easy elliptical
PM: 1 Hour elliptical, higher resistance as well as core work, arms and
Tuesday: AM: 1 hour Water running
PM: 1 hour easy elliptical
Wednesday: AM: 1 hour easy Elliptical, plus core work
PM: 1 Hour 100 resistance Hard plus strength training for legs
Thursday: AM: 1 hour Recovery elliptical or water jog
PM: 1 hour Recovery elliptical or water jog, work arms and shoulders
Friday: AM: 1hour Easy/Recovery elliptical +core
Saturday: 1 hour High Resistance Elliptical (full body weight)
Sunday: Long 2-3 elliptical
But to break it down, all my workouts can be divided like this:
Easy/Recovery: This is done as the primary amount of my workouts as with running. Not every run you do is hard (I obviously advocate that and am a really firm believer of it). This is exactly how it seems and I mostly zone out to trashy TV or chat with friends.
Hard: Like interval and track workouts (or races) this is done trying to get my heart rate rather high. When I was running, I was doing two of these workouts weekly…so now I’m doing two of these weekly.
Long: 3 hours on the elliptical, is not the most pleasant thing in the world but it wasn’t really bad when I did it. I certainly don’t mind that much because I know it will make me stronger in the long run.
So why am I training this much through my injury?
I’m keeping this short and real. Often times when runners get injured, they stop working out completely because they are depressed, gain weight, and feel the world is over. I’m sorry but I’m more motivated then that. If I let all that happen then I when I could start running again, I’d be more depressed because I would have lost all endurance, would have some weight to work off and be in a more depressed mood.
So although no one is forcing me to go to the gym, I’m enjoying still being just as active as if I was running. It keeps me in my own groove so that it won’t be a shock to the system when I can run again. I would also like to point out, I don’t do anything that I feel pain during.