Quick Strength for Runners

I recently finished an 8 week strength training program designed just for runners. Even better than just finishing, I actually completed the whole program in just 8 weeks! I did two workouts a week and didn’t miss one. I’m not sure that I’ve ever completed a program successfully before!

Before starting the program I was doing strength workouts 2 or 3 times a week. I varied my workouts and basically picked from 5 or 6 favorite workouts from magazines, Pinterest or books that I have purchased in the past.

Quick Strength for Runners | amotherspace.net

Quick Strength for Runners by Jeff Horowitz (affiliate link) starts with a couple of chapters on why strength training is important and highlights some tools that are helpful to get you started but not necessary, in my opinion. You can make due with what you have in your home gym, if needed.

Next the book describes all the exercises in the program. It shows multiple pictures and a clear description of the exercise including an advanced form. I didn’t completely read this section but I would reference it often when I had a question about a certain workout. It was very helpful to have all of these exercises listed out where I could easily flip to the page to see how to do the exercise correctly.

Quick Strength for Runners | amotherspace.net

The book then shifts to the actual 8 week program. Because of my strength training base it seemed really easy at the beginning and I ran through most of the workouts in the beginning twice to make the workout work for me. But I certainly didn’t do that all throughout the book. At some point each workout ended up taking me about 30 minutes without repeating anything.

Quick Strength for Runners | amotherspace.net

Because of the easiness of the first workouts I think this would be a great program for a beginner to strength training. You can always repeat a week if something is too difficult later in the workouts. At the same time I think that this program works well for someone like me that has a strength training base but likes having someone else put together a program.

Now that I’m finished with the 8 week program I’m thinking of taking a couple of weeks off from the moves in the book and going back to my favorite workouts that I’ve given up for the past two months. Then I plan on incorporating one workout from this book, one core workout and one of my standards each week.

I really like the progression of the workouts in the sessions and I like knowing that it was made specifically with a runner in mind. I feel stronger since I’ve started the program and a lot of the exercises feel a little easier than the first time I tried them.

Quick Strength for Runners | amotherspace.net

I purchased Quick Strength for Runners myself and wanted to share my thoughts on the book with you. I don’t have any connection to the book or author other than the fact that I liked it and wanted to share.

Oh, if you’re interested in some of my strength workouts that I’ve done other than this book, check out my Strength Workouts Pinterest page.

Have you tried Quick Strength for Runners? Do you strength train regularly?

What do you use as a guide?

Quick Strength for Runners | amotherspace.net

——————————-

Find A Mother’s Pace on…

Twitter @amotherspace3

Facebook amotherspace3

Instagram amotherspace

Pinterest amotherspace

Bloglovin’ A Mother’s Pace

RSS amotherspace

100 Miles in January!

This week I hit my first monthly goal of 104 miles to start 2015 off the right way! I don’t even want to add up how many of those miles were on the treadmill but I did pass the 100 mile mark while I was on the ‘mill. We had an extra week basically in January so I’m going to have to kick it up a notch to be able to run the same amount in February!

RTY100Miles | amotherspace.net

I was really hoping to get out more last week and enjoy some warmer weather that we were having but it didn’t happen. The wind was strong and the early morning weather didn’t end up being so great but I did have one evening run that was fantastic outside. It just makes me want spring to arrive quickly! Groundhog day is this week so we shall see! :)

RTYInstagramChallenge | amotherspace.net

The Run This Year crew is putting on an Instagram challenge. Last time they hosted a challenge I ‘met’ a ton of people and even won a prize! Anyone can participate so find Run This Year on Instagram for the prompts each day if you would like to play along.

Alright, keep reading below to see how my workouts went last week to finish up the first month of the year.


weeklytraininglog

Weekly Workouts

Monday: 3 miles (9:31 pace) + 15 minutes Core Work

A treadmill workouts with a break for some core work in the middle.

Tuesday: 4.01 miles (9:54 pace)

I overslept this morning but it paid off in the end. It turned out to be a beautiful day and I was able to squeeze in a beautiful run outside as the sun went down.

Wednesday: 30 minutes Spin Bike + 30 minutes Quick Strength for Runners

Thursday: 3 miles (9:27 pace)

This was a mentally tough run on the treadmill. I thought it would never end but it only lasted 28 minutes.

Friday:  4 miles (9:28 pace) + 20 minutes QSFR #16

Much better today and I passed 100 miles so far for the year today! I also finished the Quick Strength for Runners program and I hope to get my thoughts out about it this week.

100 Miles | amotherspace.net

Saturday: 4 miles (9:16 pace)

I just did a 4 mile run today because I wanted to meet my goal for the month. 104 miles…check!

Sunday: Rest

DMJan31 | amotherspace.net

Weekly Run This Year Update

Run This Year | amotherspace.net

My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

 

 

Weekly Running Miles: 18.01

January Running Miles: 104.76

2015 Running Miles: 104.76

2015 Running Kilometers: 168.59

How were your workouts in January? Are you still on track with your goals?
Who is going to participate in the Run this Year Instagram challenge with me?
——————————-

Find A Mother’s Pace on…

Twitter @amotherspace3

Facebook amotherspace3

Instagram amotherspace

Pinterest amotherspace

Bloglovin’ A Mother’s Pace

RSS amotherspace

My 5 Dream Races

Recently on Instagram I was tagged to list my five favorite dream races. Because I’ve given this so much thought I barely had to think about it before putting my list out there.

I’m happy to say that my number one dream race has already been accomplished. The Chicago Marathon was at the top of the list and it was crossed off in October.

I’m in no rush to run another marathon (I’m waiting until the kids are a little older!)  but the key word in this activity was DREAM. These are the races that if the stars aligned I would love to one day experience!

 

Dream Races | amotherspace.net

 

[one] New York City

New York is the marathon that I see as possibly my next big marathon I try to enter. Especially after running Chicago last year, I’m sure that New York is one big party on marathon day just like Chicago. I love traveling to New York and running in Central Park and this would be a unique way to see all five boroughs on foot.

[two] Boston

In order to run Boston I would have to get super speedy, train hard and qualify first with a 42 minute PR. Then I would have to get accepted. It’s not that it’s out of the question (I set a PR by 40 minutes in Chicago) but it’s definitely something that would take dedication and hard work. So, I’m not chasing this dream any time soon, if at all, but it is on the list.

[three] Siesta Key

Siesta Key, Florida is heaven on earth and to run this half marathon in such a beautiful location would make it all the more special for me. And as a bonus I could eat crab legs at Captain Curt’s as my post race meal!

[four] Paris

Visiting Paris has been a dream of mine even before I started running races. So it’s not surprising at all that the Paris Marathon is on my list. I’ve always wanted to photograph the bridges on the Seine River and this trip would cover both of these bucket list items.

[five] Big Sur

I’ve heard that this is one of the most breathtaking courses in our country and I hope to find out one day just how beautiful it is. I think this would be a race to enter with no time goal so that I could just soak up the scenery and enjoy the race.

Confession: I hate to fly. On my last flight home from New York City probably 3.5 years ago I had a panic attack and just about lost it. I used to fly all the time and had no problem with it at all. Maybe it has something to do with having children??? But after that flight I am scared to get on a plane and have it happen again. It was horrible.

See the problem with my dream races above? I live in Kansas and it would be a pain (if not impossible) to drive to all of these places. Just one of the reasons why traveling to a race is a challenge for me but I’m sure I’ll have to be on an airplane at some point anyway. Ugh, just thinking about it makes my palms sweat…

 

What are your dream races? Anyone else afraid to fly?

Chicago Marathon 2014 | amotherspace.net
——————————-

Find A Mother’s Pace on…

Twitter @amotherspace3

Facebook amotherspace3

Instagram amotherspace

Pinterest amotherspace

Bloglovin’ A Mother’s Pace

RSS amotherspace