I like to call myself a distance runner. I don’t know how true that is, but to me, nothing beats that high you get after 20+ miles. It’s sick I know. I guess it’s just that silence, me and the road/beach/trail, alone and quiet. You get into this raw rhythm with your body, a solid cadence of deep breathing and the pat-pat of your feet on the ground, with the sound of your heartbeat in your ears. It’s like for a few moments in time; pure solitude. It really is an out-of-body experience, it’s amazing to see what your body can do.
So it’s no surprise I’m big on cardio. Besides the obvious fact that it makes you shred some major fat, it will change your life. Like you’ll get super healthy on all sorts of levels, not just physically. Cardio is an instant mood enhancer, fatigue beater, and all over day maker!
I like running in particular, because it’s a challenge for me, but cardio is anything that gets your heart racing. Swimming, rowing, cycling, elliptical-ing, the list goes on, and for those of you who want to start with some cardio baby steps, try jumping jacks or jump rope for at least 25mins, five days a week. Heart health is important, and adding regular cardio to your life will help on a ton of levels.
Yesterday’s 8 Miler. Don’t let the beach fool you though, it was a chilly morning for us. 28 degrees!! gross.
Distance running though leaves out a major component for me in marathon training, and that’s speed. I’m not fast by any means, but a BIG, BIG goal of mine is to qualify for Boston and run it. So, speed has become a new training challenge. To get where I want to be it’s important to add interval training, like sides-to-sides on uneven terrain and knee highs. These are good mini sequences to do too, if you’re not into running solid miles yet. Adding in intervals of high intensity with a few minutes of jogging will help pump up your heart and help stabilize your muscles.
Knee highs kinda suck, but man are they great for the knees and hips. Practice makes better, and I still have a lot of training to do! And of course like after any other run, refuel with a post-workout smoothie, another one of my favorite combos: blueberry-strawberry-banana oat. YUM!!
Happy Sunday Friends!