Who knew?

A strength program really does make a difference!

Good things I've noticed lately:
1. Now I'm able to do the same exercises at about 20 reps each, vs. 10-12 when I first started.
2. I can actually see a difference in my stomach and arms. YEAH! :)
3. I don't notice it while running, but have noticed that I'm able to handle the miles without as many aches and pains. Is that because I've just worked myself up to handle the mileage? Probably. But I think a bit of it is due to a consistent and balanced strength program.
4. The other day I helped Nate carry a table inside. It was big, awkward, and we needed to maneuver it around corners and doors. I handled it much better than I would have before! I didn't have to put it down often, and could hold it out at weird angles without begging for a break like I used to. Cool!

Only gripe:
It takes 1 hour/session! Ug. I really like it, and love the way I feel afterwards, but it adds another 2-3 hours to my week. 70 miles a week (which I've been trying to be at/near the last 3 weeks) plus strength now takes 11-12 hours/week, without any skiing. Hmmm.

In sum, it's working! I'm excited to continue with the program!!

(Secretly I'm hoping that if I continue to do it & continue to marathon train that SOMEDAY I'll have a great stomach :)... this will probably NEVER happen, but I am ever hopeful)

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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