Getting to the hard work…

The first 8 weeks of my NJ Marathon training ended today with a 10 mile run.  It helped that temps were in the mid-60’s and I got the run done in shorts & t-shirt.  #FTW!

By the end of the week I was feeling a bit beat up, mostly from strength training (hamstrings REALLY sore) and that lead to an extra rest day on Friday and a shortened ride on Saturday.

But this week I’ll be back to full load with the Al Gordon 4 miler on Saturday and Sourlands Semi Classic on Sunday.  Depending on how I feel I may add in a swim on Wednesday and an extra loop of the 4 mile course on Saturday.

Also starting on Monday and for the next three Monday’s I’m taking StrongFirst Kettlebell training with a local instructor.  The plan is to add swings and TGUs to my BFL strength routines on Tues & Thurs.  As I move out of marathon training and into the build phase of IM training, I’ll may need to cut back on the strength training due to time challenges.  However, I think I can add in 30-40 min of kettlebells and at least keep most of what I’ve gained over the last year.