This is just a short summary of how my September went in sports. Basically, it consisted of 3 parts:
- Tapering before marathon (slowing down and recovering before the race)
- Recovery after the marathon and rest
So the main event during September was my first ever marathon which I completed on the 9th September. I covered this event in my previous post. After that I had a couple of really lazy weeks where I didn’t do any sports and was just resting. This is the total summary of September in numbers:
As you can see from the above, the biggest part of time was spent in the gym because I finally started a new strength building program at the end of the month. I am now going to the gym 4 times a week.
I think it’s important to do strength training due to several reasons. Firstly, strengthening your muscles prevents you from injuries. There are a lot of amateur runners who constantly have pain in their legs, back etc. Having a strong core and leg muscles works as a prevention to such injuries, at least to some extent. Furthermore, let’s be honest, we all want to look good. Strength training helps with that. I know that having bigger muscles would slow me down at some point due to bigger weight, and elite runners are very light. However, I am not an elite runner and I am not aiming to win prizes from running – it is just a hobby for me. So, I would rather find a balance between running and strength training.
That’s it for this month. It was not an impressive month looking at the numbers but I am happy that I managed to complete my first marathon and it’s quite an achievement for me.
How was your month? Are you doing any sports? Any events happened during September? As always, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!