Yesterday I wrote a post about how my step-daughter and I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon on the 7th of this month. You can read that post by clicking here.
As many of my readers know I didn’t really train properly for the Cardiff Half Marathon due to injury. As such I really didn’t enjoy running it this year as much as I had the previous year. I put this down to being injured and a lack of training.
Now, next year. April to be precise, I will be running the London Marathon for a wonderful charity called WellChild.
I’m so desperate to train without injury so that I can run my best. This means for the month of October I will not be running at all. As hard as it is, and as much as I want to, I know it’s for the best to have a rest.
That being said, I will be doing other forms of exercise in a bid to strengthen my muscles and help prevent future injury. I’ll resume running on November 5th with my marathon training plan, and will continue to keep the strength training up alongside the running.
So what is strength training?
Strength training is a type of physical exercise specialising in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. (Source)
What will I be doing?
I will be continuing my weekly Barre class. For those who don’t know, Barre is a form of physical exercise, usually conducted in group classes in gyms or specialty studios. It is distinguished from other group fitness activities by its use of the ballet barre and its incorporation of movements derived from ballet. (Source) It’s basically a mixture of pilates, yoga and ballet.
In addition to Barre class, I’ll also be doing my first ever Pump FX class, which is actually tomorrow so I’ll let you know how that goes! It’s a choreographed session using barbells and weight plates. Pump FX provides a progressive, challenging, complete body workout. I’m not very choreographed so we’ll see how that goes!
I’ll also add in a mix of yoga at home and my cross trainer. I’m hoping that by incorporating more strength into my routine, I can have an injury free London Marathon training!
If you’d like to sponsor me for the London Marathon 2019, you can donate online here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyHiggins3 I’m raising money for WellChild, the national charity for sick children.
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