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Thursday, March 28, 2013

My first indoor cycling class is in the books! Tuesday night was the first class, and it went so well. There were about 10 people there, which I was totally thrilled about! The class started at 4:15, and the first person came in around 4:16, so I was getting a little nervous. I thought I'd have to do the class by myself! But people came in, and we got sweaty and worked hard. The music was perfect for the class - I LOVE getting to buy great new music for my job! Tonight is hills night - I have to get my little book together so I remember what we're doing.

My half marathon training has been going really well. I am up to an 11.19 mile run! My only concern is that my strength training is going by the wayside a little bit... is this normal? I feel like while my legs are getting stronger and more "toned," my upper body and abs are not. I don't know if I should wait a month until after my half marathon to get back into it, or if I should just refocus. I have my own ideas, but I'd love to get more input.

Today:
- awesome spin class
- school work
- lots of water
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JOPAPGH 4/2/2013 2:58PM

    If you do ST just focus on upper body. Do it the same days as your running to still give your body the necessary rest days.

You will rock this half!

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2WHEELER 4/2/2013 1:30PM

    Congratulations!! I wouldn't worry about the ST right now. Great if you can work a little in, but between the spinning & the running, your legs are getting a great workout. I try to keep up with the ST--it does help with both running & cycling--but I also find that it can tire me out and then I feel like I have less strength.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/29/2013 3:07PM

    Congrats on teaching your first class! That is awesome!

As far as ST goes, you should still try to get some in - I know it's tough with the long runs and other things taking up your time. Remember that all that running is teaching your muscles to become more efficient, so they will get smaller without additional ST and protein intake - look at professional marathoners and you'll see what I mean - they are thin and wiry because additional muscle mass is only a detriment to what they do - if you like/want big muscles, make sure you're doing as much heavy lifting as you can right now to counter-balance long-distance running's effects.

go Go GO!!!

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MCJULIEO 3/29/2013 12:23PM

    CONGRATS!

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BOBBYD31 3/28/2013 9:08PM

    right now your focus is on running, your 4 weeks out on your half so that is where you want to keep your focus. spinning is great cross training and the ST if you can get a session in that is ok but you body needs recovery time also. don't fret you'll be fine

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/28/2013 7:38PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/28/2013 5:47PM

    Congrats! I don't have any half marathon experience, but my guess would be that some strength training would be beneficial.

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GORIANA 3/28/2013 5:18PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/28/2013 4:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a great class tonight. ST is good for half marathon training. Core and upper body strength will help you. Good form is so important. Try to continue to incorporate it in your training. emoticon emoticon

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GIANNA345 3/28/2013 12:49PM

    Great job! I'm looking forward to getting back outside on my bike.
Janet

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JUDIL62 3/28/2013 9:11AM

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