Dorm Room Workout: YouTube Yoga for Flexibility

This week I don’t have my writing class because of conferences. So while my roommate is at class, I’ve been working on my flexibility. Recently I’ve had a lot of hamstring and calf cramps while running, so stretching is very important to me. My favorite YouTube video for this is the Body and Mind Flexibility Routine by The Yoga Solution With Tara Stiles. It’s great, I’ve done it twice and by the second time I could already see a difference!

Have ten minutes? Try it. I’m not a yogi but I enjoyed it! (And it’s great for cross training.)


Runner’s Legs: Half Marathon in 38 Days

I have news. I’m running a half marathon in a little over a month. This will be my second, and I’m nowhere near at the same place I was when I ran my first. I believe I can do it through. The course has some “rolling hills” and is “mostly flat.” Hopefully this is true. Since headphones are not allowed, it will really be a challenge.

Enough talking, let’s discuss my training plan:

When I’m not training for anything, I usually aim to run around 20 miles a week. Each run is a minimum of 4 miles.  In addition to my running, I like to do some general body weight strength training, which includes:

  • 3 sets of 10 pushups
  • 3 sets of 25 crunches
  • 3 sets of 15 triceps dips

I really like to maintain a lightly toned upper body in addition to my skinny little runner’s legs.

Now that I’m training for a half marathon I’m stepping it up. I’m trying to run closer to 30 miles each week. My body weight training will be generally the same, but I’ll add one or two of the following exercises per day:

  • 2 sets of 60-second planks
  • 3 sets of 15 dolphin pushups
  • 3 sets of 20 lunges
  • 3 sets of 20 squats

I play racquetball on my rest days. (And the way I play racquetball is a great butt workout. It involves lots of squatting, running into the walls, and sprints.)

My running plan for next week is:

  • S:    5 miles
  • M:   4 miles
  • T:    REST DAY (Racquetball)
  • W:   4 miles
  • T:    4 miles
  • F:    10 miles
  • S:    2 miles

And this will bring me to a total of 29 miles. Hopefully this plan will get me in shape for my half marathon next month. I know that as soon as I’m out there at the race I’ll have the motivation to finish, but my only goal is to get a time under 2 hours.

Have any tips for me? I’d love to hear them!