Marathon Series: Mixing Up Your Training

Wednesday 18 February 2015 by

Running, Marathon training, #HoBFitness, Fitness, Health

Welcome back to week twelve of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about mixing up your training.

Admit it, there’s nothing more boring than pounding along pavements for miles and miles on end. Some days it’s just not that fun. So why not vary your training a bit and try something new…

Circuit training

If you’re near a park or somewhere you can do this with safety (and no embarrassment), why not throw in some circuit training; try press ups, dynamic lunges, hill reps, or burpees. Just a few each time, with a jog between, will push your heartrate up and improve the way you burn energy. Plus, it’s entertaining for anyone who comes across you leaping around in a field.

Strength and core conditioning

Take some time to do exercise that isn’t so high impact. Try yoga (I did!) or core conditioning classes. Pilates are great, or even just jumping in the pool and swimming a few lengths. If you feel confident and you’re safe to do so, try a few light weights. The odd session in the gym will help your overall fitness and you’ll get the benefit in your runs.

Dance classes

Need to be lighter on your toes? The popularity of Strictly Come Dancing has meant there is guaranteed to be a dance class (or a dozen) near you. It’s insane amounts of fun, and all that tripping around on your toes will make you lighter on your feet wherever you are.

What do you do to keep things interesting?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back next week when we’re talking about yoga (honestly).

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