Half Marathon Training Post-Surgery

I am now 8 weeks post-op and all I have on my race schedule is the St. Jude Half Marathon December 2. I have also signed up for Marathon #2 which will be in March. Since I’ve lost so much muscle and fitness recovering from surgery, I know I need to strength train at least two days a week. I am only running three days a week for now. 

Monday: Rest. I woke up with a sore throat Sunday and did not feel well Monday. 

Tuesday: Three treadmill miles and biceps/triceps workout at the gym. Running on the treadmill wasn’t easy and I’m using the run 2 minute walk 30 second intervals. Sweaty gym selfie!

I started weightlifting when I was 21 years old. I know a lot about weight training probably more than I do about running. I did single arm bicep curls with 10 pound dumbbells, Half curls, then two sets of five using 15 pound dumbbells, and two sets of 10 preacher curls using just the bar. For triceps, I did 3×15 tricep dips on the bench, 3×10 tricep pull down on the machine, 2×10 triceps kickbacks, 2×10 skull crushers using the bar, and 2×10 triceps lift using 15 pound dumbbell. I was sore for several days after this workout. Last year I worked up to curling 20 pounds! That’s my goal!

Wednesday: rest 

Thursday: I found out Wednesday night, my precious Uncle Jimmy passed away. He did so much for our community and every time I saw him, he would always greet me with a big bear hug and a kiss. I ran 5k in loving memory of him and for his family. My back sweat formed a heart! ❤️

Friday: 4 Miles cycling, hip and Glutes strength training. 

Saturday: 4 mile run trying to bump up my mileage to get ready for St. Jude. It was so TOUGH. I struggled but I made it! It was so hot and humid out there, but I did catch a beautiful sunrise!

My daughter wanted to go workout at the gym so we worked upper body. She was my first one on one PT client! Aubrynn said she enjoyed her first time at the gym! Showing off our guns. I showed her the workout I did Tuesday (biceps/triceps) but not as many sets.

And that’s a wrap! I ran three days and hit the gym three days! Woo hoo!  Do you enjoy strength training? I do not. I would rather run more days, but I’m not quite ready yet. I am linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap! 


13 thoughts on “ Half Marathon Training Post-Surgery

  1. Glad you are feeling better. I used to not like strength workouts but now I do. Once I get started, I keep thinking of something else to add. Sorry about your uncle — sounds like he was a great person.

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  2. I too was into strength training before I became a distance runner and I’ll tell you that strength gives you a real edge in your running so keep it up! I love that Aubrynn hit the gym with you! Nice week and I’ll bet those 20 lb curls are around the corner for you!

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  3. I know I need to hit the weights once I am cleared!! I let the cross training fall to side around week 5 of marathon training!! How cool that you get to workout with your daughter!!

    So sorry for the loss of your uncle, I’m sure he knows you ran for him.


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  4. It sounds like your recovery is going well and you are off to a great start with your training. How exciting you’ve decided to train for another marathon! I do some exercises at home a couple of times a week but no serious strength training. Thanks for linking! PS…I’m sorry to hear about your uncle.

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