Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!
This morning I woke and attempted to do a yoga DVD. Attempted would be a stretch because about 10 minutes into the DVD I pretty much just gave up. It was way too much to attempt within 10 minutes of just getting out of bed. The instruction was faster than I expected and the poses weren’t held for long enough to really help my muscles stretch. I was pretty bummed as Monday was supposed to be “yoga day” in my cross training routine.
So I thought I’ll just go for a run. However I have had a string of not so good runs lately. Yes, my time has improved and I am running farther, but the runs have been HARD. On Saturday it was, literally, 100% humidity out and instead of wisely slowing my pace to accommodate the weather, I tried to run faster through it. This was a terrible mistake and resulted in me having to walk a bunch, which I don’t like to do. So this morning that memory only added to my now almost surly mood and I thought “what is the point, I am not even going to enjoy the run anyway”. Then I remembered my neighborhood gym. I decided to get dressed and head up to use the bike. Running friends told me that cycling really helps runners improve leg turnover. Plus the last time I road a bike I had a blast.
The minute I left my house my mood improved. It was a glorious morning, perfect weather. I decided to try some sprints up to the gym. It was hard, but fun! I got to the gym and immediately hopped on the bike, read my book and kept peddling for 20 minutes. Then I jumped into some weights, not stopping in between, rather alternating arms so my heart rate would stay elevated. Then it was back to the bike for a higher level for 15 more minutes followed by even faster sprints home.
I walked through my front door a completely different person than when I left. I was happy, energized and smiling. Cross training sometimes does more than just work out your body. Sometimes you need a break from running. Sometimes you need to do something different, something that gets your endorphins going and gives you a break from your routine!
So if you are in a rut, try something different! Maybe a workout DVD or a class. Or even some weight training or swimming! You won’t be disappointed!
Enjoy the Run (and cross training days!)
Question: What is your favorite cross training exercise?