Hello Legs! Back to Basic Training

By Megan Cox

So I’m watching the OKC Memorial Marathon last week and getting really psyched about racing again when I realize one major thing: I’ve got a lot of work to do.

I haven’t done a serious, feel-the-quads-burn leg conditioning workout for a while. When I say a while, I mean about nine months of pregnancy, seven months of I’m-trying-to-get-pregnant-so-I’m-not-going-to-push-it, nine months of breastfeeding baby number one, and nine months of pregnancy before that. So, that comes to what? Two years and nine months of vacation for my leg muscles. Sheesh!

Don’t get me wrong—I ran shorter distances (3 to 4 miles), sweated on the elliptical, and shook my booty in some Zumba classes up through the third month of my second pregnancy (you keeping all this straight?), but I haven’t completed an honest-to-goodness conditioning workout in quite some time. Because of this, I figured I’d better talk to one of my personal trainer friends, Katie Howard of You and Improved Fitness in Edmond, Oklahoma, for some tips.

First off, she gave me some really sound advice about easing back into things. This is probably a good thing, as I definitely have a rep for taking the hard road, which can easily end in a physical, mental, and/or emotional implosion. My family, especially my husband, would prefer not to deal with the imploding me, so I’ll take Katie seriously.

As for the leg exercises, she recommended a warm-up followed by a series of knee extension, squats, lunges, and heel raises that can all be done from the comfort of my home (thus bypassing the embarrassment of huffing and puffing after one squat at the gym!).

Don’t worry. I’m going to give you all the workout details—but first I’m going to try them. Looks like my leg muscles are in for a rude awakening!

Stay tuned…

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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