Cross training : not just injury prevention and strength
Today was a cross training day for me. And I was glad! After four runs last week I need a break from running to mentally regroup and help ‘work out the kinks’, especially in my calves.
I’ve recently read a good Runner’s World article on cross training and it lists eight (well, seven if you’re a bloke) main benefits, and after doing virtually no cross-training for my first marathon, I can attest to the help it gave me for my second. Most of my cross training for the second marathon was cycling and football, however I’m now adding strength exercises to my cross-training as part of the build-up to my third marathon in October.
My cross training today (well, tonight after work), consisted of 30 minutes on a stationary bike, plus squats (normal and Bulgarian), lunges onto a stability pad, and bridges. I followed all that with a good stretch session, with extra attention on my calves and hip flexors – my usual problem areas. My calves feel better after getting the blood flowing, I feel ‘reset’ and ready to get running again.
Onwards to tomorrow!
Strong running everyone! What do you do for cross training?
Get Going, Get Running!