A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about challenging myself to be #evenbetter when it comes to working on my core. It is so easy for me to become focused on just one thing. Right now it’s all about ultra training and trying to keep up with my mileage. Core strength is so important when it comes to running, though. My long runs are nearing the 3-hour mark, and having a strong core is necessary to help keep my form in check as I’m logging those miles.
I’ve been doing a quick ab routine three times a week and it hasn’t been as much of a chore as I thought it would be! I aim for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and do three sets of the following exercises:
Leg raises x 15
Hip raises x 15
Russian twist with medicine ball x 24 (12 each side)
Mountain climbers x 24 (12 each side)
Side plank (30 seconds each side)
Front plank (as long as I can!)
On my first day I was only able to hold a 70-second plank but I am happy to report that I have achieved my goal of 3 minutes! I think a lot of it is mind over matter. Planks are boring (for me, at least) and I want them to be over as soon as possible. If I distract myself with something (like putting my phone on the ground between my hands and watching YouTube videos) then the time goes by a lot faster and the plank seems easier! It might sound silly but it works for me. I love that I challenged myself to do something that I would usually avoid. It’s easy to say that I will run x more miles this week because I love running and get excited about building my mileage. It’s those exercises that we don’t look forward to doing that we actually should spend some time focusing on. Working on my core is something that I plan to continue doing. The ab routine I posted above doesn’t take long at all and it has already made me feel stronger.
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