Balancing Strength Training and Cardio
Does anyone else struggle with this? Historically, I’m a cardio person. I run marathons and since I do such a ridiculous thing, I don’t generally have time for strength training. I know it would complement my running regimen, but when I’m on a training schedule, strength training always gets put on a back burner. And when I’m not training for a big race, I’ll find myself doing strength training and neglecting cardio (usually because I’m trying to go to the gym on my lunch, and I hate getting overheated from cardio, then going back to my desk for the rest of the afternoon). How do you manage a balance?
I’ve been backing off my running a little bit in the last few weeks as I try to resolve an ITB issue and so have been looking for other forms of exercise. Walking and yoga have been good go-tos, but last week, inspired by Leandra (and by the massively cool Groupon deal in my area) I signed up for a boot camp. The first session was a special Labor Day two-hour extravaganza (several of the regular attendees told me I was crazy to have that be my first class; they’re usually one hour).
Oh my hell.
Four days later, and I can finally lift my arms above my head again. I don’t remember the last time I was that sore, and I loved it. Except for the part where I honestly did have trouble carrying my 25 pound son around for a few days. The first hour consisted of drills, so lots of HIIT type stuff (which happily I managed to survive puking or passing out…), followed by half an hour on the TRX. Which I LOVE. I want one in my house. And then we finished with half an hour of boxing, wherein I was essentially told I punch like a girl. Good times!
The awesome part is its motivating to be better about my runs (and about stretching everyday whether I run or not). My Groupon package is for six sessions, and I’m planning on going twice a week. So I need to decide how to motivate myself to continue with the strength stuff once these three weeks are up. Short of buying a TRX system for my house…
So, how do you manage to find a balance in your workouts? Or do you?