We're trying to make Another Mother Runner 2.0, to be released within weeks, as strong as your quads are--and as interesting as you are. So we need some more help from you capable, funny, smart women. (Yes, buttering you up. Just play along, okay?)
Today, we're pleading for your workouts. All kinds of workouts, like
- Your favorite treadmill workouts. And no, that's not an oxymoron. What do you like to do on the 'mill to get your run on? It can be a specific workout (something like 5 minutes at 1% incline, 4 minutes at 2% incline, 3 at 3%, etc.) or just a general idea (I crank the speed for every other song for 40 minutes). Obviously, the more specific, the better, but really, give us what tips you have and we'll combine them into a nice package.
- Your favorite strength training workouts. Do you have a go-to routine? My current fave is push-ups, lunges, squats, one-legged squats, tricep dips, pull-ups; do 3 sets of 10-15 reps each. We'd love to hear what you ladies do...and again, we'll take anything, but the more specific you can be, the easier you'll make our lives.
- Your favorite speed workout on the track. Do you live for 800's? (If so, have you had your head checked lately?) Seriously, lay out what you like to do when your rubber treads hit the track or the treadmill and you push your limits.
- Your favorite run. If you occasionally go beyond distance (4 miles) and time (40 minutes), and spruce things up with intervals or grapevines or high knees, we want to know about it. And again, if you do things in a less structured way--I run hard until I see a white car, then I slow down; I run until I hear a song lyric that reminds me of my kids, then I walk for a minute--we're dying to know.
Basically, our goal is to put together a library of workouts, so that when you're sitting at home, dreading the same-route, same-pace, same-one-hit-wonder routine that you've been doing for weeks, you'll check out a workout and be psyched to lace up.
So don't be shy. As we tell our kids, sharing is a good thing. Ideally, we'd love for you to send us your workouts at runmother at gmail dot com with as much detail as you can give us (the workout, how often you do it); your blog or Twitter handle, if you have either; and a pic of yourself running.
Second best: comment below with your workout. Beggars can't be choosers, after all.
Thanks much, ladies, and happy miles and a peaceful Sunday to you all.