80 Day Obsession has been out for about 2.5 weeks and it has been a major hit with my challengers! People are loving the variety of the workouts, the new challenge and already seeing incredible physical results (I’ve had several challengers lose 5+ pounds in 2 weeks and others lose 5-10 inches in that time!). More importantly, my challengers are feeling refreshed, motivated and excited by this program because it’s challenging them in a new way.
The beauty of the program is that every workout is different and the program truly progresses with you as you get stronger and more fit. From the feedback I’ve received so far, this program isn’t for people who are new to fitness completely, but if you’ve already got some level of fitness, you can probably start with 80 Day Obsession, if you’re up for a challenge! You can read all the details about this new program by Autumn Calabrese in my 80 Day Obsession Details blog post. This post is just for those who are looking to combine running with 80 Day Obsession.
If you’re new to this blog, you may not know that I’m pregnant with twins which means I can’t do the program right now (I can’t wait to try it myself this summer!). However, I’ve had a ton of success combining P90X with running, 21 Day Fix with running and Shift Shop with running. I’ve trained for 7 marathons and countless half marathons over the last several years while doing these programs. I’ve also done research on the timing of strength training workouts (specifically when to do leg workouts) with running. I also completed the A Little Obsessed Workouts so I have a general feel for what each of the workouts is like (plus I’ve been getting feedback from my challengers and info from Autumn Calabrese herself via our exclusive coach test group). I feel that I have a good grasp of what someone can expect doing 80 Day Obsession and Running. That being said, I’m not a physician, personal trainer, or physical therapist, so please take this advice with that in mind.
10 Tips for Combining Running and 80 Day Obsession
- Don’t do speedwork/tempo run/hill repeats the day after a hard leg day – your run will be negatively affected for 24 hours following a leg workout (same goes for a long run that has a portion at race pace – easy/moderate paced long runs after working legs are fine).
- Ideally if you do both a run and a workout on the same day, do the run first.
- Up your nutrition to maintenance.
- Eat an extra blue/fat if you’re a woman (supports reproductive health).
- DO NOT attempt during peak training or during training for an important race (if your goal is to finish that’s fine).
- Take a rest day EVERY week – experienced runners could do a super easy run on Sundays but I would still recommend a full rest day every 2-3 weeks.
- Take a daily recovery drink with BCAAs and Glutamine (I recommend Beachbody Recover and/or Recharge) to help you prepare for the intensity of the workouts.
- If you’re feeling totally beat from a speed workout/tempo, etc. skip legs or booty that week (alternate these if you decide to skip weekly).
- Do NOT do any 80 Day Obsession workouts during race week for your goal race.
- I recommend skipping Cardio Flow if your long run is 8 miles or longer. However, if you aren’t training for a longer distance race, you could do both Cardio Flow and a short run on Saturdays instead of skipping Cardio Flow (see schedule below for full details).
Can I Train for a Marathon and Do 80 Day Obsession?
Ideally, you’d do this program BEFORE you start a marathon training cycle. I’m talking about the full marathon here. I am not sure you can commit fully to this program and run 5 days a week, as most marathon training plans call for. Ideally, you’ll want to complete the program as intended or as close as possible to as intended and with running high mileage (35+ miles/week) it would be hard to recover.
That being said, everyone has their own goals when it comes to this program. I did P90X (slightly modified as I never did the Kenpo workout – I ran long instead) and had an incredible transformation ( I was even on the infomercial!). It was my first marathon and I only ran 3 days a week and did little speed work. I did have to modify the nutrition program a little bit to accommodate my running but I was still able to get great results. The caveat was that I was 28 and childless at the time with a low stress job. I had time and energy to do 1-1.5 hour daily workouts, plan my nutrition AND run 3-4 days a week, including a long run. I would never attempt to do 80 Day Obsession and train for a marathon right now, simply because I don’t have the time. And while 80 Day Obsession workouts are slightly shorter than P90X, ranging from 35-60 minutes, 80 Day Obsession is more lower body focused which means your legs aren’t getting a break (P90X has two dedicated upper body days, 80 Day Obsession utilizes lower body in every workout in some way).
Can I Train for a Half Marathon and Do 80 Day Obsession?
This is more doable, so yes, I think you could train for a half marathon and 80 Day Obsession. In fact the schedule I created is geared toward someone training for a half marathon.
To view the full 80 Day Obsession Workout & Running Schedule along with my top 10 tips for combining 80 Day Obsession with running:
Want to join my next monthly 80 Day Obsession accountability group and do this program along with fellow runners!? Fill out this form! (The next group starts February 12th – you do NOT have to be a runner to participate.)
Runners, what is your biggest obstacle when it comes to incorporating strength training into your race training?