Strength Training?

My current training plan, simplified:

MON run 3-4 miles
TUE run 3-6 miles
WED yoga
THU run 3-4 miles
FRI rest
SAT/SUN yoga & run 6-12 miles

It’s not strict– I just try to get in my miles and not overdo it.  However, I’m planning on adjusting my plan after my first half marathon in 2 weeks. Ultimately, I want to improve my speed for my 10k in April (there’s a bet riding on that one!!).  I’d like to incorporate some cross-training and speedwork but first, strength training.

I don’t know anything about strength training.  However, I’ve been advised (by HHRunner, along with many others) that strength training can improve speed.   There’s a one-month Ladies’ Boot Camp at my work gym that I’m considering joining– it’s 6:30-7:15am, Tuesday & Thursday.  SO EARLY.   Maybe I should just suck it up and take the class?

Regardless of whether or not yoga counts as strength training, I love, love Joy Yoga and it’s certainly helped me with strength and flexibility.  Unfortunately, my coupon expires end of February.  There’s a package for $89 for 8 classes/4 weeks or $49 for 4 classes/4 weeks but that’s still pricey.  I’m thinking about getting a 24-Hour gym membership after my yoga coupon expires, and then I could take a variety of classes!

Meanwhile, I’ll pop-in that Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred that is collecting dust on my shelf (no idea why/when I bought this).  Guess I’ll go pick up some hand weights.  I could lose 20 lb in 30 days!  JK, that would not be healthy for me.

Lastly, I love motivational quotes, so here’s one that I like:

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
— Will Rogers