It was during the fall months of 2019 that I finally started to get into a great routine of strength training mixed in with my running and biking. Mike and I joined a Cross-fit gym and worked slowly on building up strength and getting to know our Cross-fit family. It truly was a place I enjoyed working hard. I felt like I was finally becoming a stronger runner because of it and that was an amazing feeling. Then COVID19 happened and suddenly I found myself not doing any sort of strength training. It was all I could do to just keep running. I continued training with one of my very best friends, Dionne. Occasionally we would be joined by our good friend Caryn. It was exactly what I needed to get me through the first few weeks. With an injured plantar and Caryn recovering from her marathon, we were not running speed workouts or long runs. We just ran for the sake of running. I started pulling out old strength training workouts and doing them twice a week. I spent once a week at the PT working through some of my aches and pains. I was finally getting to a great place, a place that was helping me feel a little bit better amid the entire mess the world was in. Then I had a sudden health crisis and everything completely stopped...no running, no biking, no strength. Time, rest, medical intervention, prayer, and extremely supportive family and friends helped me get through it. Now I am on the other side of that and I have a plan in place to get back to where I was. 4 days of running, 2 days of biking, 3 days of strength and 3 days of mobility is where I am starting. I just happened to stumble across a 30-day strength training workout from Runners World that I will be implementing with my running and biking regimen. With an XTERRA still on the books for July (has not been canceled yet), I need to get strong, I need to get fast, and I need to be motivated. Hopefully tracking my progress on this blog will help me stay motivated through this crazy time.