Running & P90X

The thing about P90X is it doesn’t leave much time for running. Obviously this struck a chord with me. Originally the plan was to use the program to recover from the burnout that resulted in a DNF in New Jersey and get myself in shape before Philly training started. However, three weeks in I found myself craving a run. We had been following up every workout with a mile walk. I began adding spurts of running to the walk but still felt it wasn’t enough.

This is the plan we’re currently following:

If there was a workout I wanted to skip, it would be plyometrics. Don’t get me wrong – I love plyo. My heart rate skyrockets only a few minutes in and stays high until the workout is through. It’s tough, but a great workout where you really feel the burn. But plyo seemed like the perfect workout to swap out for a run. Once Tuesday rolled around, I did 25 minutes of fartleks and then came home to do the final 25 minutes of plyo (Brad had started it while I was running). The next week Brad skipped plyo also and we went for a 3 mile run. Then we moved yoga from Thursday to later in the week and ran 3 miles that day instead.

I like the idea of running twice during the week but I’m still curious if the intensity is as high as plyo. Most of the time my heart rate is pretty high, which I attribute to the 90+ degree temperatures we run in. Once marathon training officially starts (July 31st!!), Tuesday speedwork and Thursday tempos will kick in – aka my ass will be kicked on a weekly basis. But for now I’m thinking of keeping plyo and yoga where they are, and adding runs to the Monday & Wednesday workouts. And I’m also thinking of adding spin to Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Is four days of cardio / double workouts too much? Should I do just running, or just spinning – not both?

On Tuesday we came across a suggested training plan from Beachbody for those looking to incorporate running into their P90X regimen:

Block 1 (Weeks 1 through 3)

  • Day 1: Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X
  • Day 2: Plyometrics
  • Day 3: Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper X
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X
  • Day 6: Kenpo X
  • Day 7: Rest or easy aerobic hike and/or X Stretch

Note: No running in the first block is by design. For aerobic work, keep your heart rate way below threshold.

Recovery/Transition Week

  • Day 1: Core Synergistics
  • Day 2: Plyometrics
  • Day 3: Yoga X
  • Day 4: Legs & Back
  • Day 5: Core Synergistics
  • Day 6: Long aerobic hike or easy run and X Stretch or Yoga X
  • Day 7: Rest or easy aerobic hike and/or X Stretch

Note: Not a traditional recovery week. An endurance athlete tends to have a different base and should be stressed differently. While the intensity of the first month should be high, the volume is low compared to how much many people run.

Block 2 (Weeks 5 through 7)

  • Day 1: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X, and easy run
  • Day 2: Plyometrics
  • Day 3: Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X, and easy run
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X
  • Day 6: Long run and X Stretch
  • Day 7: Rest or easy aerobic hike and/or X Stretch

Note: The easy runs should be aerobic. The longer run can have some amount of tempo intervals, but should still be considered base mileage.

Recovery/Transition Week

  • Day 1: Core Synergistics
  • Day 2: Easy run and X Stretch
  • Day 3: Yoga X
  • Day 4: Easy run and X Stretch
  • Day 5: Core Synergistics
  • Day 6: Long aerobic hike or easy run and X Stretch or Yoga X
  • Day 7: Rest or easy aerobic hike and/or X Stretch

Note: This should feel like a true recovery week.

Block 3 (Weeks 9 and 11)

  • Day 1: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X, and run workout
  • Day 2: Plyometrics and recovery run
  • Day 3: Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X, and run workout
  • Day 4: Yoga X
  • Day 5: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X, and recovery run
  • Day 6: Run workout and X Stretch
  • Day 7: Rest and/or X Stretch

Block 3 (Weeks 10 and 12)

  • Day 1: Core Synergistics and run workout
  • Day 2: Cardio X and run workout
  • Day 3: Ab Ripper X and run workout
  • Day 4: Yoga X and run workout
  • Day 5: Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X
  • Day 6: Run workout and X Stretch
  • Day 7: Rest or easy aerobic hike and/or X Stretch

Note: “Run workout” denotes whatever your coach or your own running dictates. It doesn’t necessarily mean a hard running workout. “Easy run” means subthreshold throughout. This should be followed with a true recovery period of yoga, stretching, and easy runs. Follow this with a rigorous running training block that ends with enough time so you can taper off for your event—usually 2 weeks.

Soooo… there’s another option. I’ll have to think about it.

Decisions, decisions.

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2 Comments

  1. I did P90X and liked it…I followed the program as is because I wasn’t really training for any races. But I can’t imagine doing P90X and running…props to you.

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