Chronicling the adventures of a fleet-footed foodie and the journey to her first marathon and beyond
Monday, May 24, 2010
Chicken Arms and Chub Rub
The other day I was at home getting ready for work and lifted my arm up when doing my hair. I must have moved my arm just so...and I felt the dreaded bat wing flap, swinging in the breeze. I stood there and stared at it and thought hmmm....I think because of my focus on the marathon training/cardio, I've ignored any kind of weight training or lifting. I've noticed my core has been weak as well as I struggle when we're working on abs or sit ups at bootcamp.
When I did Body for Life years ago when I was trying to get in shape for my wedding, I did way less cardio (only 20 mins HIIT) and a lot of weight work and leaned out significantly even though I'm running a lot more now. I'm actually finding it really hard to lean out even though I'm running so much - that inner thigh chub rub is really kicking into high gear. Building muscle is so important for calorie burn and overall body shape so I'm going to start incorporating some more lifting and core work, likely on Sundays and Thursdays. I started yesterday with the following routine with pyramid sets using 15, 12 and 10 lb weights (I warmed up with a 20 HIIT session on the stationery bike):
My arms are sooooo sore right now! My triceps are achhhing. I think overall it will help with running because stronger arms and core will help with my posture and endurance...and there's only a month more to go until I have to don that bikini in Maui...