I don't really have a good summary for you, but I can say that I got in a ton of cardio. I spent a few hours of the week on the stair climber, a few hours on the elliptical and a ton of time working the weights. The biggest increase of the week was on my core training. I was inspired by some fellow bloggers to get back on the plank bank wagon. On my core days I definitely hit the planks hard. I also did various other core exercises to compliment whichever part of that area I was hitting that day. The increase in cardio and core training is already paying dividends, as my elliptical times continue to get faster. I also increased some weight this week, and was still able to do 3x 10 reps. I have never been close to this kind of weight before.
Beyond training in the gym, I have decided to shut down my road running for awhile. I want to see if my knee will get to 100% without the need to shut down my training completely. I just can't imagine going more than a day or two without training in some capacity. Unfortunately, I don't have any access t a pool right now, so my cross training capacity is somewhat limited. We will see how I feel in the next few weeks. Additionally, I will probably have some extended days of rest around Christmas, as I will be away from my gym.
Beyond that, I am starting to get more and more excited for race season this spring. I cannot wait to get out and prove to myself that I am capable of being a distance runner. Additionally, I cannot wait to get some new PRs in shorter races earlier in the spring. I am very curious as to what my 5k pace is now, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I am under 20 minutes now. I am itching to get out and find out, but there will be plenty of time for that in a few months. In the mean time, I have a lot more training and mental preparations.
What kind of core exercises do you get the most out of?
What do you feel gives you the best all around gym workout?
P.S. I will try and stay more on top of things this coming week, but the holidays are crazy!
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