streaking + plyo leg circuit

I’ve been meaning to mention this for 2 weeks now, but I’m participating in the Runner’s World Run Streak that started on Memorial Day.  The streak entails running at least 1 mile a day from Memorial Day until July 4th – 38 days of running in a row.  So far, I’ve ran at least 1 mile or more every day and have competed in 2 races in the past 2 weeks.  Not too shabby…

I’m hoping I can keep up with this for the next month.  I am using my rest days as an active rest and running 1 mile in my Vibrams.  I’m still working on building my barefoot mileage (I can’t seem to make it past 1 mile, ha!) and hope that I can eventually run a race barefoot by the end of 2012.  We shall see.  Add that to my #FitFluential #FitnessBucketList!

Along with running, I’ve been trying to make it to the gym as much as I can to strength train.  I’ve started writing my own workouts instead of doing New Rules of Lifting.  I try to strength train 3 days per week – 1 heavy day, 1 circuit day, and 1 plyometric day.

Many runners don’t realize how beneficial plyometric + power training is for running.  Sure we don’t need to worry about our vertical jump as much as volleyball players do, but plyometrics are more than just training your jump.  You are also building up your leg power to dominate hills and increase your speed, something I think every runner would want.

I did this plyo workout on Monday and had to walk sideways down the stairs the past few days.  I seriously haven’t been that sore since sometime before I got pregnant!  But, with the hills I’ve been running lately, I know 1 day of plyos each week is really going to benefit my training.

All you need for this workout is a box or cardio step (about 12-inches high) and a set of 10 to 15 pound dumbbells (more or less given your ability).


Exercise descriptions:

Seriously killer.  Can’t wait to tackle it again on Monday!  Hopefully I won’t feel as sore afterward!

Are you participating in the #RWRunStreak?  How many days have you run in a row before?