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I am a runner and needing for motivation to stay on track with miles and my workouts. I am training for my 3rd half marathon on Dec 31st and coming to an end of my LES Mills Pump workouts. Thinking of starting Rev Abs as my cross train. Need help with motivation to do both so I can finish stronger and hit my goal of a finishing time of 2:50 or better
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10/17/12 3:06 PM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
I started Rev ABS today.. pretty tough I must say.. I will do tomorrows scheduled workout and try to run as well Wish me luck!
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runners legs half marathon muscle groups cross training full body workout certified personal trainer mileage marathoner
10/17/12 4:44 PM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
As a half marathoner and a Certified Personal Trainer, I have been on both sides of the coin when training for a race. You're doing the right thing by cross training, so keep it up girl! RevAbs is actually a really great program to incorporate with running because you will still get a full body workout-- often forgotten and neglected by most runners-- plus you'll be strengthening the most important muscle groups to power your runs-- your core. If you think about it, all running is performed one leg at a time, so there is a tremendous demand placed on the core including the lumbo-pelvic hip complex. Runners that cross train these areas are faster, fatigue less, and have less injuries... and THAT is what you need to remember when you're pushing through your RevABS workout. Focus on the benefits and how it will help you in your race.

Another thing to consider when planning your runs with your cross training-- consider doing the easier modifications they give you when you're doing the video. As your mileage increases on your runs, the demands placed on your legs will cause them to fatigue sooner. So if you're doing burpees, kicks, or wood chops during the video but you have a long run scheduled for the morning, then opt for the leg-saving version. You'll still be working your core and your legs but you won't be overtrained.

Finally, many run programs require you to run up to 6 days a week in preparation of a half marathon. In all my years as a trainer and as a runner, experience tells me that anything over 4 days is too much. That's especially true if you're diligent about your cross training program, which in this case you are with RevABS. You could almost get away with 3 days a week running-- two, nonconsecutive midweek days running shorter distances (3-6 mi) and then save your one long run for the weekend. This will keep your body fit for the race, but will significantly reduce your chance of injury or burn out. And always plan your long runs on days that you won't be doing your video. I hope that helps. Crank it up and best of luck on your race!

Yours in health,
Carrie Morgan CPT, CFNC
motivFIT
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10/18/12 7:06 AM as a reply to CoachJeffMorgan.
Thank you so much for your insight! My first half was back in March and I trained for it by using a running training plan. I was also doing INSANIY. ( although looking back, I should have strength trained more instead of cardio. I wasnt sure how the half worked..time wise leading up to race time... I was still under 3 hrs but struggled during miles 7-13 . This last one was much better as i dropped a few pounds and was doing Les Mills Pump. I felt so much better during those miles and afterwards. I am looking forward to my next half on Dec 31
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10/19/12 7:02 PM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
I have completed 3 days of Rev Abs. I really like it. I am sore though. Looking forward to running tomorrow !
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10/21/12 5:33 AM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
Awesome job!! I too am a runner who has balanced PUMP along with training for a marathon. As I also teach spin, I currently am doing Insanity Fast and furious and Pump. You are chosen a great program to ensure core stability which will greatly assist you in your time achievement.

I know for me the weights from PUMP greatly assisted my overall performance also.

I'd love to assist you in away. Keep on running and training.....emoticon
ps training for 13 marathonemoticon
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10/21/12 4:59 PM as a reply to hyenergyX2.
Thank you! I ran today a little... helped someone get started on a C25K program (day 1) and then i finished up with a mile run. Tomorrow , back to Rev Abs.
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10/23/12 4:47 AM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
runlikeagirl,

I'm training for my 9th marathon (Dallas in December) and am three weeks into Insanity. After my mediocre performance in the Aspen Valley marathon this summer, I was hoping that Insanity would help me break through a running plateau. I do know that Saturday morning was the easiest 18 miles I've ever run and that Sunday I felt like I could have gone out and done it again. Similar to you I was growing weary of doing Insanity at 6:15 every morning and then running four times a week. But having experienced that clear improvement last weekend has been very motivating. Hopefully you'll soon have such a motivating experience.

Good luck, Jeff
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10/24/12 10:58 AM as a reply to jss62.
A few of my friends are running the Dallas Marathon or half marathon. Thank you for all of your running tips! I have been alternating rev abs and Les Mills pump along with running...
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10/31/12 2:45 PM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
Im working with two ladies with the couch to 5 k program. Always fun to get people into running! Its such a great reward wathing them complete each run!
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10/31/12 7:29 PM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
Awesome job!! My girlfriend has been training for her first half. I am so excited for her! she even has committed to doing a marathon clinic in January. It is so motivating to watch her progression and enthusiasm.

How's your training going?
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11/6/12 6:24 PM as a reply to hyenergyX2.
Training is going good. Going to increase mileage next week I've been trying to make sure I do les mills pump to keep muscles strong and build endurance. The weather has been so nice here in Texas so I am taking advantage of running in it.
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11/23/12 7:22 AM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
runlikeagirl262:
Training is going good. Going to increase mileage next week I've been trying to make sure I do les mills pump to keep muscles strong and build endurance. The weather has been so nice here in Texas so I am taking advantage of running in it.


I love to do the same thing. Since spring I have been alternating Insanity and running I loved it! Until now I. Was the only I knew that did that. My long term plan now is to finish Asylum in 3 weeks ( just finished week one) then Asylum and Insanity for 30 days followed by Asylum and P90X for 30days,. That will put me at mid February. Then I will alternate running and Asylum 2! I have only concentrated on 5K runs (being new to running at 40 years old) but I have competed in several races and finishing high and even first in my age category with times of 21:30 which is down from early spring ( 25:30). I am hoping that with all this cross training that I reach my next 5K time goal of 19 minutes.
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11/23/12 7:41 AM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
Just wondering how things are going with the tips I've read here?! Can you provide an update?!
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11/24/12 7:18 AM as a reply to BBCoachGerryS.
Training is going good..I am doing Les Mills Pump along with running to prepare for my New Years eve half. I managed 8.51 miles on Thanksgiving morning . I am really thankful for all of those squats and lunges. It has really helped my leg strength
How is everyone else doing?
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11/26/12 5:08 AM as a reply to runlikeagirl262.
I hit a BIG downer three weeks ago with a gastrocnemus strain that started near the end of a 19 mile run. That side lined running and Insanity for two weeks; with all of our Thanksgiving company stopping Insanity for a further week.

I resumed running a week ago with no issues other than sore thighs after each run. I turned Wednesday's speed workout into a slow 5 miler (just in case the gastroc wasn't quite ready). If I get through this Wednesday's tempo run with no problem, I'll declare myself cured. I'm resuming Insanity this morning.

Doing Insanity concurrently with running has been an enormous boon for my running. I'm no longer sore the day after the long runs. Hill repeats have become so much easier that I no longer dread them. And the hardest part of the tempo run is not adding too much speed.

I highly recommend Insanity during marathon training.
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12/5/12 5:16 AM as a reply to jss62.
Wow... I started month 2 of Insanity this morning and it is MUCH more intense than month 1. I'm afraid it's going adversely effect my tempo run tonight. When I started Insanity it took a week for me to be able to absorb it without adversely effecting my regular running schedule. Let's see if I can adapt to month 2 in just a week.

How's everyone else managing?
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12/7/12 9:29 AM as a reply to jss62.
Just stubbled across this thread.

How is the training going?

My background:
I have been doing P90X for approx two years. I few breaks in between each program completion. I also run 4 times or so a week (6 miles per run). I will do a few half marathons a year. For years, I had injury problems from overuse, but that seems to have slowly gone away or at least the recovery time is much better.

I try to do all the P90X workouts a week, but with the running that becomes 10 workouts. I often substitute a few of the more aerobic exercises with running.

Here are a few thoughts:
- Water and calorie intake is vital when doing doubles. Your body really needs both to function at that level.
- Don't forget to take your down day. I have done it without really thinking about it. I found myself in a two week stretch and I was getting slower....workouts were harder.
- As you get closer to race time, you may want to back off the beachbody workouts a bit more.
- Listen to your body. It is so easy to push yourself to a breaking point. We are all going to have moments when we aggrevate something. It is important to understand when it is time to deviate from your workout plan, so you only bend and not break.

Remember this a marathon (or a half) and not a sprint. You can do both types of training and I am convinced the beachbody programs really help with the running.

Hope all is well,
Bill
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12/9/12 8:31 AM as a reply to DCBillH.
Bill,

I did the legs portion of the P90X Legs and Back concurrently with last year's cycling season. I got to where I could do the whole thing except for the one legged wall squats. But for me there would have been NO hope of running while doing that workout. Perhaps I could do the one legged wall squats now? Maybe I'll try it after this marathon season.

Good luck, Jeff
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12/10/12 1:14 PM as a reply to jss62.
jss62:
Bill,

I did the legs portion of the P90X Legs and Back concurrently with last year's cycling season. I got to where I could do the whole thing except for the one legged wall squats. But for me there would have been NO hope of running while doing that workout. Perhaps I could do the one legged wall squats now? Maybe I'll try it after this marathon season.

Good luck, Jeff


Jeff,
It is a good point. I am certainly not racking up the miles like you, but I started with running the day after the Leg/Back workout. I was able to work up to doing the Leg/Back and going straight into my 6 mile run (not recommended). I usually separate the run and the Leg/Back workout by 10-12 hours. I don't often go beyond 6 miles on any run, unless I am ramping up for a 1/2 marathon.

Best of luck in your training.

Are you thinking about a triathlon?

- Bill
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