Bodyweight training just might be the answer you've been looking for! It's a great way for anyone to build strength, and you can start where you're at right now. This is where it all begins!
Ladies, if you're interested in adding more strength training to your regimen but aren't sure about gym culture or weights, then calisthenics is the way to go.
Why? The most obvious reason, of course, is that you can train anywhere you want as opposed to having to navigate the gym. But that's just the start. Because calisthenics involves getting stronger by moving your own body, it also has plenty of carryover to modalities like yoga, pole dancing, and gymnastics. If you want to perform better at every other activity you do with your body, you'll no doubt find that a little extra strength will help.
When my weekly mileage increases, I’m so quick to overlook all the other little things that (should!) go into training. I have the tendency to get so wrapped up in how many miles I’m running or paces I’m hitting for workouts that I forget the other important aspects. Things like nutrition, recovery, strength and core work don’t just add to a successful marathon training cycle— they are the base of one.
I used to be really diligent about core/strength work. When I was running with the Ft Hood Army 10 miler team back in 2007, I would have practice at 5am and then immediately head to the gym to do 30-45 min of weights, core or cross-training before showering and going to work by 8am.
If you think running is a lonely sport, Kelly Roberts of Run, Selfie, Repeat is here to prove you wrong. Last year, we fell in love with Kelly for not only making it through the grueling 26.2 miles of the NYC Marathon, but also managing to take more than 20 selfies along the way. This year Kelly brought her same fun spirit to the race, snapping pics of strong men along the course to help give her that extra boost to charge across the finish line.