Day to day I am staying focused on the marathon. It is not that far away now. Everything I am currently doing is still based around running. From tennis ball rolling (which looks weird as hell) to my yoga, and of course the running.
However, I am still a bit obsessed with making a good triathlon training plan for after the marathon.
A book I happened upon was the wonderfully named: Strength Training for Triathletes: The Complete Program to Build Triathlon Power, Speed, and Muscular Endurance - needs more words in the title.
I really enjoyed this book.
Most weight lifting information I have found has either been about trying to get as strong as possible, or it is focused on general fitness / physical appearance.
This book is different as it doesn't prescribe any premade plans. It goes into how and why you would do a specific exercise. For example, it talks about how sets, reps, rest, and weights interplay with each other. It lays out how you would go about building strength or stamina or both, and for what purpose - be it running speed, running endurance, pedal power, weak swim stroke, etc. It lays out fundamentals on how you go about finding your weaknesses in a given activity, and then how to create exercises to improve those weaknesses.
For those who already lift weights, the information is likely old hat. However, I have never read anything that laid out this information in such a nice way.
If you're keen on making your own training plan to enhance particular shortcomings and are new to the idea, I recommend this book - even if you're not into triathlons.
Here's the cover:
I am just continuing to rack up the weekly Ks, and I am making progress slowing down on my long runs.