After two sick kids wiped out several days of training, I hit the track for a mid-week sort of long run this morning. After pounding out a quick (slow) 10K, I decided to do a bit of strength training in the form of plyometrics.
Now, I'm well aware of the benefits of plyometrics. And I want those benefits. But does it have to be so painful? Really, I did four laps, totalling just under a half-mile. Each lap consisted of two sets of 20 steps of plyometrics. The first four sets were deep knee lunges. The second four sets were bounding.
Now, I can barely walk. Honestly. What is that all about?
The worst part was the final sets of the deep knee lunges. It became a lesson in pushing myself past the "WHY-O-WHY am I doing this? Certainly a 10K run is enough!"
Of course, that's what I find myself saying every time I work on strength training. I really have to stop reading the articles that tout the benefits of strength training and call out those who try to logic their way out of doing it.
Then I could go about my training, happily ignoring strength training.
But Noooooo. I love to read. Even old Triathlete Magazine articles. So, I do the plyometrics and wonder why.
I so better see benefits when I run the marathon in May.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.