You know how your mom always told you not to meet anyone who you meet online? Well, those rules go away when you’re 25 (because I say so). I met Kara on Twitter a few months ago (after stalking her blog for awhile) and she has quickly become one of my good friends… I really do think we were supposed to be sisters or twins or something, we have SO many weird things in common! You can keep up with her life at KaraRuns.com!
Hello Crazy Running Girl readers!

I’m so excited and humbled to be guest blogging for Lora while she hangs out in Jamaica and Spain for a couple weeks. No big deal, she’s just getting married. And she basically crafted everything for the wedding herself. She’s pretty awesome.

(Okay…I guess it’s kind of a big deal 🙂 YAY LORA!! Congratulations and best wishes for a long, happy marriage!)

I was lucky enough to celebrate with Lora at her unconventional bachelorette party…Ragnar Adirondacks! So many people kept asking us “How did she convince her friends to run a 200-mile relay as a bachelorette party?!” Little do they know, there wasn’t much any convincing involved. We all jumped at the chance to turn our weekend into the best runner-bachelorette party ever; especially for someone like Lora who is a phenomenal athlete and a great friend. Her enthusiasm for running is contagious. How could you NOT do it?!

Running a relay takes some serious mental and physical strength. In order to power up those mountains it’s crucial to be prepared. When you put the training in, not only will your body be strong, but you’ll feel confident and tough mentally as well.

I learned the importance of strength training the hard way…through a dreaded injury! To put it simply; if one of your muscles is weaker than another, the other muscles have to work harder to counteract the imbalance, causing injury. There are tons of reasons why someone might get injured, but I won’t get too much into this because I’m not a doctor. So, listen to me or not, whatever you prefer 🙂 Thankfully I’m pretty much back to normal now, but I’m grateful for my injury experience because I learned so much…mainly how to keep my entire body healthy and fully prepared to lay down the miles I need for events like Ragnar, for training runs, or for the Philly Marathon, which I’m running on November 18th!

With that being said, here’s a strength training workout I created that you can do pretty much anywhere! (No excuses!) I LOVE this one…not only does it help with balance by incorporating the stability ball and medicine ball, but it’s a full body workout that goes quickly because you’re constantly moving through sets at timed intervals. If you put in 100% effort, you’ll definitely feel it! If you’re a beginner or are looking for something you can do without any equipment, all of these exercises can be modified and done with body weight only.

You’ll need the following:

Dumbbells/Medicine Ball/Kettlebell – any of these will suffice (use whatever weight works best for you)

Stability Ball (if you don’t have one here are some modifications:

  • Wall sits: back will be directly against the wall instead of leaning on the ball
  • Bulgarian split squats: place foot on a table or chair instead
  • Push-ups: prop feet up on a piece of furniture (more advanced) or simply do regular pushups
  • Pike: Complete mountain climber exercise in place of the stability ball pike exercise.

Complete as many reps as you can in the set intervals. Rest one minute between each set and viola! You’re instantly awesome. (Not that you weren’t already, of course.)  Enjoy and please feel free to contact me at KaraRuns.com with any questions!



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