Don’t let her pretty smile fool ya… my good friend Diane is a Fitness BEAST. This married mom and Air Force Veteran knows how to embrace a challenge. She runs, swims, kayaks, and paddle boards… but her her soul mate activity is running, hands down. I recently challenged her to try the new low impact workout called PiYo to see how well it into regimen. This is what she had to say.
What are your favorite types of races (5/10ks, Marathons, Triathlons, Adventure Racing etc.)? My favorite races are 5Ks and the 10 miler. Used to run only trails but now do both roads and trails since they both work out different muscles. Right now I’m eyeing a 50K in the Fall just for fun. I mainly like to focus a fast 5k or 10 mile races. It all depends on the season and what race I’m training for. I MUCH prefer spring-summer running versus winter.
How many days a week do you run? I vary between 20-40 miles a week but that can change between injuries and what I’m training for. I run 5-6 days a week. I mostly do double workouts…for example, run, then core work or TBT or Tabata.
How long have you been doing PiYo? What do you like most about it? I recently heard about PiYo through you actually and have just started it. I’ve done PiYo about 2 weeks now and love it. I like that it’s a hard workout in 30 minutes and targets all the muscles. Piyo is [sic] perfect for when I’m in a time crunch. The TBT/Tabata takes about 45-60 minutes and can be hard on my body and have to modify a lot (I have history of back and knee injuries). Piyo is more gentle yet it’s really effective and doesn’t ‘beat’ me up so to speak. However, I do like to have my arse kicked at times where I’m challenged and maxed out.
What challenges do you face as a runner? The challenges I face as a runner is getting in runs at LT (Lactate Threshold, which is the exercise intensity at which lactate (more specifically, lactic acid) starts to accumulate in the blood stream.). It’s actually difficult for me so I started more strength training to improve my running economy. My goal is to break 20 minutes in a 5k — I can’t seem to break 22 minutes! Grr — and hopefully PiYo will help.
How would you work the full PiYo program into your running regimen? (training, conditioning, post race etc)? I would incorporate PiYo on my more easy days so it’s actually perfect.
What do you like to do for fun? I actually forgot to ask her this question, but if you know Diane, orfollow her on social media, the answer is very obvious. She loves to hand out with her twin sister Lisa! The are actually both avid runners and support and encourage each other. I wonder who is the faster runner? My money is on the one who just added PiYo to her regimen. 😉