Tips for Tuesday, Part II


Though I have definitely fallen off a bit in my strength training since my mileage climbed above 70 per week, I am still thinking about the periodization that follows marathon training, when I will want to subject my body to something other than moving forward over long distances as quickly as possible.

To that end, I cannot simply call my personal trainer and tell him to meet me at the gym for a nice, hardcore workout when the time arrives.

First of all, I don’t have a PT;  secondly I don’t even have a gym membership.

But I do have a library card, so for now, that will suffice.

I make biweekly trips to get the boys books, so every once in a while I check out a few fitness magazines, even if they are severely outdated, which they usually are (it seems the newer ones go missing).


I don’t check them out for the stories on how to shrink one’s belly by eating tons of chocolate.  No, I check them out for one reason alone. 

The workouts.

The above workout is from Women’s Health and Fitness.


This is from Fitness.

I make copies of the workouts on my printer and then return the magazines.

I know.  I sound cheap.  But it works.

I have a folder full of these workouts, and I rotate them as they either bore me to tears or stop challenging me.

Granted, the folder has been gathering dust for the past few weeks, but I know that I will be desperate to do something other than run and run and run once Boston is behind me.

Or at least until I sign up for another marathon.


  1. says

    I love all of the names… Toe Drag Plank sounds like something I do when the children or cat has gotten sick and I am left to clean up, Table Top Row, that’s how I clean the dining room table up after dinner, Cursty Salute, the move I make after one of my kids has commanded me to do something.

  2. Rebecca says

    Clearly we need to see the value in our everyday activities as moms! We could WRITE these workouts, right? You are too funny.

    • Rebecca says

      Ditto — no jumping or leaping for me either! I make myself do it a few times a week — I am hoping to line up at Boston with some biceps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>