Tips for Tuesday, Part II

by Rebecca on March 5, 2013


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trips to get the boys books, so every once in a while I check out a few fitness magazines, even if they are severely outdated, which they usually are (it seems the newer ones go missing).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

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa @ RunWiki March 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

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.


Rebecca March 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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


Carilyn Johnson (@CarilynJohnson) March 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

I HATE doing strength training, but force myself to do some. I tried CrossFit and almost killed myself, so now I just do my own little version that doesn’t involve me jumping, lunging or leaping :).


Rebecca March 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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!


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