Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What's the big deal about cross training? Advice needed!

As I have been back into running I have more or less, just been running....shocking.

I have created a goal for my weekly mileage and figured out how to break it into 4-5 days. I think I've been doing really well with it too. I've had a track workout, a fartlek, a few progression runs, and I've tried to end a lot of my runs with a faster last mile. But as I look over training plans and other runners weekly recaps I've come to realize I am missing a big part of my training.....Cross training!

So, what is cross-training?

From what I've gathered it can be any other type of aerobic physical activity done for 45-60 minutes done on a day when you aren't running.

Most people I follow go biking or lift weights, I saw that one does yoga.

Runners World says its important because it helps with active recovery, prevents injuries(giving some muscles a break while strengthening others), and rejuvenation.

Sounds like all runners should be doing this huh?

So, I need to figure out the best option I can add to my weekly schedule to get some cross-training in!

I could ride my bike, I don't own a bike....
nope!

I could go swimming, there is no pool around me and I don't really love swimming....
no, thanks

Yoga sounds like the best option for me, although there are no classes nearby, I own the PiYo dvds and I love all the workouts. They focus on strength training without weights or equipment.
yes! please!


Now, I need to change one of my rest days into active recovery/ cross training and dust off my PiYo dvds and get ready to change it up! But, I don't want to get tired of it so I need help with more ideas! what do you do different? Do you lift weights?

How do you cross train?
Please give me any advice you have on active recovery options?

Sarah

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