Wednesday, June 13, 2012

#TrainingTruths: Workouts and Yogurt


June 13 - If I'm going to become a better runner, I have to take time to think about what I'm actually doing. Obviously I'm running, but what else is going on that might help or hinder my training?

In an effort to be more conscientious about my fitness choices I'm starting a weekly post in which I will share...well, my training truths. Mainly I'll be focusing on my workouts and food, but really any topic is fair game. The point is to be honest and maybe learn something.

Workouts:

#TrainingTruth: Sometimes I run when I shouldn't because I'm so caught up in meeting the weekly mileage.

Two weeks ago I officially started following another Nike+ training program as I get ready for half marathon #5. Even though I have been running regularly since last August, I still like the structure and guidance of a plan.

This plan suggests three runs each week. Week 1 of the program I missed a day because of a work event so I didn't reach my weekly mileage. Week 2 was better and I even ran an extra day trying to catch up a little. This is a good way to get an injury.


#TrainingTruth: I am consistent with strength training in small portions.

I've been working on strengthening my core. I love these weekly workouts and wrote about them here. When I faithfully followed these 30 day challenges in the past, my running felt better, easier. Last month I tried to do more than one challenge and that was a big fail. Lesson learned. Don't over do it!


Food

#TrainingTruth: I need yogurt to counter the side effects of the junk food I like to eat.

I have always been a picky eater with stomach issues on top of the fact that I devour all things salty and by definition "junk." I tried Activia because Jamie Lee Curtis said that in two weeks I would feel awesome.  I don't know how it works; I can only attest that it does...for me. Running is much easier when you don't have to worry about stomach issues. My favorite flavor is Raspberry...


Want to know what others are eating? Go here


What have you learned about yourself this week?


#TrainingTruths is not just about me. We all like to see what everyone else is doing and use that information to asses ourselves. It's not judgement. It's a way to share and learn and make changes when necessary. If you feel like sharing your #TrainingTruths, tag a Twitter post with the hashtag, comment on Facebook, or leave a link to your post in the comments below. 




19 comments:

  1. VERY COOL IDEA.

    tweet tweet :)


    MizFit

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  2. Truth for me - if my ed tech leaves candy near my desk - I will consume it within minutes. I think she's evil. Thank goodness today is the last day of school. Perhaps I will get candy out of my system. Ha. No chance.

    And truth for me - if I want to be faster - I need to work on my core as well. Perhaps that awesome calendar above would help me.

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    1. I have an empty candy bowl on my desk at school...truthfully I'd rather have chips though ;)

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  3. Loving this post! I definitely fall victim to the first listed #trainingtruth...trying to meet a weekly mileage total. Missing a day isn't nearly as bad as trying to overdo it and make it up with too many miles too quickly. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great idea! I have been slacking on the leg strength training dept. I never want to work them hard because I'm afraid I'll be too sore to run!

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  5. To piggyback off Angela, one of my #trainingtruths is that regular lower body strength work keeps me running strong. I usually work ~300 lunges into every week, and do other exercises targeted at keeping my hips/glutes from getting weak (which caused problems with my knees early in PVD marathon training).

    My trainingfoodtruth is that I have the hardest time figuring out how to eat during training for longer distance races. Ahead of both halfathons & the 1 marathon I ran, I somehow managed to gain weight each time despite the insane workout schedules! Maybe I'll stick to 5ks and 10ks for a while & lay off the s'mores ;)

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    1. Wow! That's a lot of lunges! I really need to work those into my training somehow.

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  6. Great idea! :) I'll have to think about my #trainingtruths!

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  7. Love the post - i may steal the idea and give you props!

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    1. Awesome! I would love to see #TrainingTruths popping up all over Twitter & Facebook!

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  8. You really can't argue with Jaime Lee Curtis. I think that is a rule or something.

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  9. Love this idea. It's a great idea to target what we can improve with our training.

    I host a weekly health and fitness link up, Fitness Friday, if you're interested in joining. This is the link for last week's link up so you can see what it's all about.

    [Fitness, Health and Happiness]: Fitness Friday

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    1. Thank Jill! I'm looking forward to joining in!

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  10. I totally love this!! I'm a big yogurt fan too - a "squeezy" yogurt (or a tube of yogurt) is my favorite pre-run fuel. I had no idea about Activia though - I too get the running, um, issues.

    I need to jump on this meme - I *love* reading about other people's training tips and what works for them!

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