I confess, when I’m marathon training (even as poorly as I trained this year), I drop cross training like it’s a snake. I stop strength training, I don’t hit the gym, I don’t do yoga. Heck, most times I don’t even use my foam roller.
Guess what? I can tell I’ve been doing nothing but running. This morning my core hurt more than just about any other body part, just from doing its job yesterday. Yes, I know that a strong core makes for a stronger runner, but I don’t think I’ve done a plank since school started. Oops.
So, I guess it’s a good time to talk winter cross training here on Tuesdays on the Run. I know what I’ll be doing – what’s on your agenda?
First up is re-acquainting myself with the gym. Last spring I would drop Shoo at school and head straight to a local gym at least two days a week. I’d elliptical or take a spin class and then I’d hit up the weights. I plan to get back in that habit ASAP!
I also try to take the opportunity in the colder months to try out some new workouts. I hit up things like Pure Barre, Orangetheory, and Revolve. There are so many new studios of various kinds near me, so I have no excuse for not trying new things. Don’t worry, I won’t be leaving my beloved running, I’ll just be running shorter and adding other things.
Finally, my other favorite cold weather cross training is more functional fitness.
I love to rake leaves.
And I love to shovel snow. Really. Sometimes I even shovel areas that don’t need shoveling when I run out of sidewalk…
Here’s hoping we get at least a couple snowfalls that allow me to exercise my shoveling muscles!