It is 7.26 AM right now and I am at work. I had a 5.00 AM workout at Kosama this morning = Cardio Workout. Cardio at Kosama means high-intensity workouts like sprinting, tuck jumps, power lunges, speed skaters (in-place), and many many more forms of
torture physical exercise. There are no weights involved and the overall goal is to train your cardiovascular system. Each high-intensity training unit is about 1 minute followed by 15 seconds of rest. However, during the rest you are being motivated to stay active by doing a boxer shuffle.
I started doing Kosama workouts back in July of this year and I feel it is a great addition to any running workout – especially now that I am in training for my very first marathon. Last year was the very first time that I did some longer runs other than the 6 or 7 mile standard runs I was doing. I had worked with a personal trainer for 3 (free) sessions and learned how important it is to have a strong core and back when running. As a result I was able to run my first half marathon distance last year in summer. The Kosama workouts (taken all into consideration) are a full body workout and there are a lot of upper body workout exercises included. If you are dedicated and attend Kosama classes 3-5 times a week you will see and feel how strong your core and back will become. While I still carry more unwanted
Hamburgers extra body weight with me, I can feel muscle tissue developing. I feel that I am getting stronger almost daily.
So, anyway – I went to my workout class this morning at 5.00 AM and it hurt, but in a good way. Kirk, the owner of the local Kosama is great in teaching the classes. He really kicks your butt. I had a hard time today to get going, but by the time 6.00 AM had arrived I fully awake and energized. My legs are feeling a bit tired and I am sure I will regret going for a run this afternoon, but then again I have to think about the Hanson Marathon method and accumulated fatigue and how you will benefit from that type of training. I had several training intervals during this morning’s training where I felt pooped at about 35-45 seconds of the interval. I usually
swear and complain “rest” for 5 to 10 seconds and then continue on, but for whatever reason today felt harder than normal. I have a standing desk at work, but also have a chair which I barely use. However, today I think I will use the chair to help rest and recover my legs.
Yesterday afternoon my son had 2 teeth being pulled to make room for permanent teeth in his mouth. I made sure I was at the dentist with him and to provide support. As a result I came home later than normal and my afternoon run turned into an evening run. I ran for 7.42 miles and felt pretty good afterwards even though my average was a bit too fast for a training run, but I wanted to get it done as I still had some stuff to take care of in the evening. My legs were tired when I went to bed at 9.00 PM. So, the cardio workout this morning has me paying the toll. I hate when that happens and I know I might have to give in somewhere this week. I did miss my mileage goal last week and I am eager to make sure I get enough miles in this week. It is less than 4 weeks until my marathon and the next 2 weeks are important. I still want to get 2 more long runs in – I am aiming at 2 more 20 milers and will then go into taper mode after the 2nd of November.
I love the Kosama workouts and when I asked a few questions about my training plan in the Runners World forums I had fear that the training would be a conflicting factor for my marathon training, but I think it is the complete opposite. Since Kosama is a full body workout it nice compliments the running training actually. The only real difference between my running training combined with Kosama is that I gave up on speed workouts after I tried to implement them a few times. The speed workouts really killed my legs for 2 days and so I missed a few quality runs in the beginning. When I am done with my marathon training, I will probably do some “unrelated” speed workouts to improve on that side of things. I assume I will run more marathons and half-marathons after the first one is in the books. I think it would be a waste to simply stop the training, I’d rather try to maintain a certain level of fitness and then start a new training cycle after a while.