Monday, March 21, 2011

Big Birthday!!

Today is Hubster's 30th birthday!!

Fun fact:  Hubster's birthday is exactly one week before mine.  Another fun fact--my hubby is a twin.  It's a month of birthdays for us!

We are celebrating by going to southern Utah this weekend for hiking/biking around Zion National Park. If you haven't been there before, you should go RIGHT NOW. It's beautiful. Nature really outdid herself there. Can't wait!

Also, this week marks the beginning of full time training for my half marathon next month. Injury be darned--it's time to get this show on the road. So--3 miles today. I also finally finished reading this book and am ready to begin a weight-training program.  I'm nervous but excited.  The book does mention it isn't the best plan to do weight-lifting when training for a marathon, but I've also read that it is super important to have a strength training program for running big races.  Anyone have an opinion on the matter?  I favor the idea that having stronger muscles = less injuries and longer endurance.

Do you strength train when preparing for a big race?

(And a side note--my apologies for not posting much last week.  The stresses of the unexpected passing of my cousin Danny resulted in an unusual lack of motivation to write anything.  The funeral was last week and it was beautiful in a painful way. Thank you all for your kind words; they meant a lot to me!)


  1. Gorgeous photos!! That would be an amazing trip. I just got back from a vacation in Arizona. LOVED the sunshine and desert and hiking!

  2. I love the photos! So beautiful.

    Our hubbs share a birthdate.

    I think that cross training is important. I know that a strong upper body will help "pull" tired legs along while keeping good form. However, if a running training program is limited by lifting then I don't think a person should be lifting while training for a marathon. But as always, each person knows their own limitations and should listen to they bodies and set their goals accordingly.

  3. Sounds like an awesome birthday! I think you should strength train. A friend who has done three marathons has said she does MUCH better when strength training, too!!

  4. Happy birthday to you all! Jealous of some nice southern utah weather. Personally I would be adding in twice a week full-body circuit training--lighter weights with higher reps during marathon training. After that if you really want to work on strength you can do a more regimented schedule (back/biceps, chest/triceps, legs/abs) or something like that. Have a great time!