Monday, September 1, 2014

10K Training Week 3

I finished week 3 of Run Double’s 10K training plan way back on August 4th.  For some reason after that run I had trouble breathing in all the way, I just kept yawning and it lasted for a couple of days.  I wasn’t sure if it had to do with allergies or what but I took a week off and started week 4 with no problem!

Week 3 consisted of 4 repetitions of running 525 yards followed by 525 yards of walking.  My best time for the week was 24:39.  I also signed up for a 30 Day Yoga Challenge on  I am not normally a huge yoga fan, but I am totally fan-girling over the instructor, Erin Motz.  I’m on day 15 of the challenge and I am thinking I might start it over again once I am done!

I’ve also been reading this great book Build Your Running Body on my down time. It is jam packed with everything you would ever want to know about running, including:

  • 393 photos that make it easy to follow every step of every workout
  • 10 training programs to help runners of all levels integrate the total-body plain into their daily routines
  • More than 40 charts and tables that illuminate the physiological gains of full-body strengthening
  • Interviews with leading runners, exercise scientists, and coaches that reveal how elite runners train today
  • Injury-prevention exercises to help runners avoid and rehabilitate all the most common running-related ailments
  • And more than 30 recipes to speed recover and cement fitness gains.

I cannot put this book down! It gets me excited and motivated to go out running.  Maybe I can actually do this?!

Here is an excerpt showing one of the workout routines from the Build Your Running Body:

The Runner 360

The Runner 360 is an all-around strength program for runners who prefer the outdoors or their own living rooms to the weight room. Best of all, fitness motivator and running yoga instructor Angie Stewart Goka, MPH, CSCS, has crafted a workout that can be completed in 12 minutes and that targets every muscle that runners need for strength and balance. Angie models the exercises to ensure proper form and offers a wide variety of workouts for runners who want more at First, five quick rules for the workout:

1. Perform each exercise, in order, for one minute.

2. When the workout calls for left and right sides individually, perform each for 30 seconds.

3. Do as many reps as you can while maintaining good form (no cheating on form for more reps!).

4. Keep a log of reps as a way to track improvement.

5. For a more intense workout, repeat the entire set of exercises (up to a maximum of three times).

The following twelve exercises, from the Inchworm Plank to the Supergirl/Superman Plank, are all part of the same continuous workout.

Skill level: All levels

Inchworm Plank

The inchworm plank helps to awaken your muscles, working both flexibility and strength. And if you’re not very flexible, it’s okay to bend your knees for this exercise.

Inchworm Plank 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez

1. Begin in a standing position with your arms straight up. Be prepared to perform this exercise as quickly as you can without losing form.




Inchworm Plank 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Come into a forward fold, dropping your hands to your feet.




Inchworm Plank 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Keep your legs straight (or bend them if you have to) and then walk your hands out into a plank position.


Inchworm Plank 4.Photo credit Diana Hernandez4. Perform one push-up. Then walk your hands back to your feet and return to your starting position. Repeat.


Squat-Thrust Climbers

Squat-thrust climbers are a great way to work your glutes (buttocks), quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Squat-Thrust Climbers 1. Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Stand with your feet close together and your arms at your sides.




Squat-Thrust Climbers 2. Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Squat down to the floor with your knees close together, placing your hands flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart.




Squat-Thrust Climbers 3. Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Keeping your abs tight, jump your legs back to assume the push-up position.



Squat-Thrust Climbers 4. Photo credit Diana Hernandez4. For 5 seconds, “run” your legs under your chest, bringing your knees high and keeping your hips low. Then jump your legs back to the squat position, stand, and repeat.

Curtsy Lunge Hop

Curtsy lunge hops are the best calf-strengthener on the menu, so work them! You’ll also target your hip abductors, glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Curtsy Lunge Hop 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start with your feet hip-width apart.




Curtsy Lunge Hop 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Step backward, moving your right foot diagonally and to the left of your left hip. Simultaneously drop your right knee and bend your left knee.



Curtsy Lunge Hop 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Propel your right knee upward as you come off the ground with your left foot, and lift your left elbow by swinging it up and forward. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.



Scorpion Fighter

The scorpion fighter works your shoulders and core while stretching your obliques and hip flexors.

Scorpion Fighter 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start in the push-up position, with the balls of your feet on a bench or chair.



Scorpion Fighter 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Bring your left knee beneath your body toward your right shoulder.



Scorpion Fighter 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Now reverse directions, bringing your left knee back as you rotate your hips up and to the left, stretching your left foot toward your right shoulder. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift

This exercise is great for your hip abductors and improving stabilization. It also targets your obliques, back, glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start in the plank position with your arms in full extension.


Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Rotate your body to balance on the heel of your right hand and lift your opposite arm straight up (your wrist is directly beneath your shoulder).



Sidewinder Plank with Leg Lift 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Lift and lower your top leg, keeping your hips level. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.




Plank Pups

Plank pups will put the burn into your arms, shoulders, back, and core.

Plank Pups 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Begin at the top of the push-up position.



Plank Pups 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Bend your right elbow to lower onto your right forearm.


Plank Pups 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Bend your left elbow to lower onto your left forearm.


Plank Pups 4.Photo credit Diana Hernandez4. Lift your right elbow so that you can place your right hand flat on the ground, then do the same with your left elbow and hand. Return to original position, repeat for 30 seconds, then lead with your left arm for 30 seconds.

Lateral Speed Runners

Lateral speed runners work both your hip abductors and hip adductors, plus lots of core.

Lateral Speed Runners 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, your arms at your sides.



Lateral Speed Runners 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Hop to your right, landing on your right foot while balancing your left foot behind your right leg. Simultaneously move your left arm forward and your right arm back in a runner’s stance.


Lateral Speed Runners.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Repeat to the other side. Focus on speed and control.




Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers target your full range of abs, and they’re terrific for improving stability.

Windshield Wipers 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Lie on your back with your arms spread wide, palms down, thighs perpendicular to the floor and knees bent 90 degrees.


Windshield Wipers 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Maintaining the bend at your hips and knees, swing your legs to one side of your body. Make sure that your upper back maintains contact with the floor.

Windshield Wipers 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. Bring your legs back to center, then repeat to the other side.



Plank Rotations

This variation on the traditional plank offers good core work while giving your shoulders a workout, too.

Plank Rotations 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Begin in the forearm plank position, except stack your forearms horizontally.



Plank Rotations 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Rotate onto your left side, elbow beneath your shoulder and right hand on your hip. Your feet should be stacked, your body straight. Rotate back to the center, then repeat on your right side.

Single-Leg Deadlift

Single-leg deadlifts are fantastic for improving balance and stability. They’re great for your core, glutes, and hamstrings.

Single-Leg Deadlift 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Start from a standing position.




Single-Leg Deadlift 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Keeping your back straight, bend forward at the hips while lifting one leg straight behind you (in line with your spine) and reaching your hands toward the ground. Return to the starting position. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

Marching Bridge

This exercise is great for your glutes and also works your hamstrings and lower back (it’s often used to help relieve lower back pain).

Marching Bridge 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart.


Marching Bridge 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Lift your hips into a “bridge position.”



Marching Bridge 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. March your knees toward your chest one at a time. Keep your back straight.


Supergirl/Superman Plank

The Supergirl/Superman plank finishes your workout with a tough challenge to your core, shoulders, and back.

Supergirl 1.Photo credit Diana Hernandez1. Begin at the top of the push-up position.



Supergirl 2.Photo credit Diana Hernandez2. Simultaneously extend your right arm in front of you and your left leg behind you. Stay level while balancing for 3 seconds.


Supergirl 3.Photo credit Diana Hernandez3. After bringing your hand and foot back to push-up position, repeat on the opposite side.


(As an easier alternative, perform this exercise from a “down on all fours” position, with hands and knees on the ground.)

Excerpt from Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners—Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free, ©Pete Magill, Tom Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer, 2014. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.


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