Despite the fact that it is winter here in delightful New England with a temperature hovering around 20ish, rumor has it Spring is on the horizon. I know, I have my doubts too, but it does seem to come every year despite the fact that my nose hairs freeze as I walk across the parking lot into work.
My Spring outdoor soccer season will be kicking off (see what I did there?) in mid-April and I am looking to get myself as prepared as possible for the upcoming season... without completely sacrificing strength or physique progress. From a purely lifting perspective, I think I have a plan down that works well for me (not going to go into inordinate detail on that), but I have been working in a lot more Olympic stuff for general speed.
OK, so here's the thing: I f-ing hate running for the sake of running. It's easily one of the most boring things I can think of. However, I need to improve my stamina since... last time I checked... there was a lot of running in soccer (pardon me... football for all of my international compatriots).
I think that, in the end, I am going to have to work on running some to prepare for the season, but anyone have any snappy, out of the box ideas on how to get prepped that would not involve inordinate amounts of running?
I know there is a lot of the GPP stuff out there and while I think it's fine, has it's place, etc., I don't think swinging a sledgehammer or doing farmer's walks is going to do much from a pure endurance perspective.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for your ideas.