I finished my 12 week cycle for kettlebell from BreakingMuscle.com. I enjoyed the program, and the 2x's a week was just was I was looking for. I also ran 20 miles last week. I did 2 days of 5 miles and then a 10 mile run on Sunday. The run felt great. I watched the Olympics Women's Speed Skating while I ran on my treadmill, which was a really enjoyable way to spend 2 hrs.
This week I'm taking off from kettlebell. My plan is to do yoga instead. Next week it will be back to kettlebell. Now I'm trying to decide if I should move on to cycle 2 for kettlebell or if I should try Lauren Brooks' Week to Strong Woman workout. I don't want to give up running. I just enjoy it. I feel so good when I run, and my body seems happier when I run. So the question is, can I do a more intense strength program and still run? I'm leaning towards trying. I can cut the running a bit, but maybe still run 2 miles a day, 6 days a week. On kettlebell days I would just run 2 miles first. Lauren's programs keep the time commitment short. The routines in the program would only take about 20 minutes not counting warm up or cool down. If I ran as a warm up for 20 minutes (or 22), then did 20 minutes of kettlebell, it would still be less overall time then my 5 mile runs. The squats are the concern, but I can not push the weight, even though I don't think I'm anywhere close to squatting too heavy for runner.
I'm always torn between strength and running. I enjoy them both. I want to get stronger, but I want to run. But as I'm watching the Olympics I'm thinking that I can push myself a bit more in both running and strength and it would be ok. :)