Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

So I’ve written about my obsession with Unite Fitness before. I’ve now been going for almost 2 months now, and even though every class kicks my ass, I’m loving it.

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One of my favorite things about their model is that each month of a quarter has a different goal: stability & endurance, strength & conditioning, and athletic power. I missed much of stability & endurance because Disney was mid-January, but strength is giving me results! In the last 2 weeks I’ve done my first 10 real push-ups in years, I’m handling spin hill repeats & hill sprints like a champ, and moved up a set of weights for my upper body.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a ways to go in all categories, but I’m excited at the results I’m already seeing. In my quasi-tempo run on Saturday I felt them too. The few hills I encountered I ran with far less difficulty than I had in the past, and I maintained a solid speed that was much faster than I should have been I running at this point in training.

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I’m excited to see what this means for the rest of my training cycle. And later this week I’m meeting with Unite’s dietician to put some additional focus on my nutrition. I eat clean fairly well, but I’m not seeing the results I would expect, so rather than trying to figure it out on my own, I’m letting the professionals do their jobs.

Just under 10 weeks till Pittsburgh, and under 6 till Cherry Blossom!

Have you seen cross-training impact your running?
Most recent fitness improvement?
Can you do a real push-up? How many?

9 thoughts on “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

  1. I’ve definitely noticed improvement in my running since I got serious about cross training, especially weight training. Sadly, I still struggle with real push ups, but I will get there.

  2. I just recently did the same thing with nutrition. I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted and when you spend some quality time kicking your butt at the gym and prepping your meals it gets frustrating! I finally got a good plan to follow and today starts day one! I can’t wait to see results!

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