Pimp my run

I've been going to bodypumping classes at the gym once a week for the last 6 weeks with a view to this pimping up my running. I still feel really intimidated as they are all super fit megamuscle scary types 😳. I am sticking with all the lighter weights to get the moves right and I am actually rather enjoying it too ( shhh).

I've been really struggling with my running lately and I am hoping this will help to pimp it up however it hasn't yet!!

I wanted to ask you all if anyone else has done weights or similar to improve their running and whether it's worked?

Any other advice welcome re my current slump....

Happy panthering


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  • You so don't need to feel intimidated by others ju-ju - you always look super fit in your photos, and how many of the bodypump brigade can run trail marathons?! 😁

    I look forward tothe replies to this question as I am seriously thinking of joining my local gym to do more cross training (if I can afford it). I used to use the gym a lot in my twenties (Eek! now I am 52!) and would love to be stronger again as I am sure it would help my running.

    Sorry about your 'slump' - do you think we are more prone to these after we have been putting in lots of training? I certainly felt my immune system was a bit rubbish after all my HM training and was unwell for a good few weeks before (hopefully) now getting back to it all again - slowly! Good luck with your Bodypump and hope you feel back on form soon.πŸ™‚

  • Thankyou and I am hoping to find some answers too as I want to persevere but only if it's worth it!!!! I'm going to have a rest week this week to see if that improves and I have the asthma nurse on Wednesday too. I have found that I've just got a lot slower and have to stop lots which isn't like me....

  • Hi Julie, I've just done my first jeffing run today with loisamelia as we've both been struggling with the longer runs, and I'm pleased to say we feel great, it didn't slow us down and we finished at the same overall pace as if we'd run it but with energy left.

    We initially shied away from jeffing as we feel like it's cheating if we walk, but heck we started on c25k so why not if it works.

    We managed 13k which was Loisamelia longest run yet and she said it felt great too.

  • Hey that's fantastic, well done! I've never properly Jeffed before but I ran Brighton with someone who did and they were fine!!

  • I've started doing a lot of non-running activity lately, and I'm hoping that what I've read about it is true, and that I will eventually reap dividends in my running performance. Unfortunately, at the moment something has been kicking my butt too, and I've been finding I need to stop and walk just like you. I've not previously suffered from asthma or hayfever, but have been having some suspicious symptoms lately, and my husband's been really bad with it. I've just been reading that there may be super-high pollen levels at the moment, and am wondering if it's just a bad time to be running ?!

    With that in mind I'm rather looking forward to taking a slight break after my next race to focus on cycling, swimming, strength-training, and surfing - but I'll have to check back as to whether this has benefited my running! But I'm optimistic :)

    I'd stick with the bodypumping though, it sounds fun! Good luck xx

  • Thankyou, I'm sticking with it and quite enjoying it too!!!

  • They probably don't run though. They are probably there to admire themselves in the mirror. You don't have to bulk up for running long distance

    You do need to be strong though, so any strengthening you can do will help

    I did work with hand weights when I did the dvds at home. Weighted squats, deadlifts etc. I liked those and I felt it did me good

    I need to get back on it as I have some long runs on the horizon. I ran 20km today mind πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

  • Oh well done you that sounds hardcore!!! Well done on that run too ( sorry I thought I'd replied to this ages ago but my replies have gone!!)

  • Sorry to hear you're having a mojo slump Ju-Ju. I keep telling myself I need to do some strength training, but I never actually get on with it, so I admire you for putting action behind the decision. I'm sure it will benefit you in the medium to long term, even if it makes everything feel like hard work in the short term.

    About the slump... you're very goal oriented and seem to push yourself admirably hard. But maybe you're pushing too hard and focusing more on the goals than on enjoying the journey? Might it help to do something completely unregemented but just joyful and fun for a while to help bring the mojo back?

  • Thankyou.... sound advice too. I've had a week off going easy and I am feeling so much better.... I'm really looking forward to getting back on it again...

  • So, you're in a slump? Hmmmm could be post extreme marathon anti climax. That would be my diagnosis πŸ€”πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ

    Have you got another race identified?

    I would find one and get training. A gal needs a plan otherwise she feels adrift πŸ€½β€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

    I would carry on body pumping etc etc πŸ˜ƒ

  • I can't decide on what to do next..... nothing booked at all. I would love to get my HM time down but I'm also keen to do more extreme marathons as that was so much fun 😎

  • I have no half marathon booked now our local one has bit the dust, no full marathon lined up either, but I am training should one arise πŸ˜ƒ

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