When I was marathon training I would try to make it to the gym as often as I could during the week and then do my long runs on the weekend. I don't mean to sound like a broken record but I did mention before numerous times how this method left me exhausted. The reason I was so adamant about going to the gym though was because I wanted to do the strengthening exercises for my legs so that I could put the IT band injury WAY behind me. I had suffered with that injury for 19 months and it was awful. What I was doing at the gym seemed to help.
There were only a few weeks when I did not
get to the gym as often as I wanted to and because of this I often adjusted my run on the weekend.
Sometimes I only made it to the gym one day and if it was a Monday or Tuesday that meant there were 5 days between my last workout and my run. I couldn't have that so my weekend run would become a short run or would get cancelled altogether.
I really felt that if I was going to do a long run on the weekend then I had to workout and strength train at LEAST two days during the week. If I didn't get the strength training in than I had no right to be running. It almost felt as if I was earning the right to run based on how well my strength training went earlier that week.
2 or more strength training sessions a week = A happy runner
1 or zero strength training sessions a week = No running on the weekend
(of course I know numerous runners who run without consistently strength training and they have never got injured. How DO they do it?)
As February (AKA my month of rest) has come to an end I am looking forward to training again for upcoming races. HOWEVER, I don't have the energy nor the time to train like I did before BUT I want to make sure I'm doing enough to keep injury away. I know it's a delicate balance and I'd like to know how the rest of you handle it. What is your ratio of Strength training and running? What do you do to maintain an injury free status while running? -M