Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Runday: Changing it Up

As I slogged through my runs this week I got to thinking about how far I came last year.  In so many respects.  First with the distance.  I used to dread anything over 6 miles, now when asked to run 10 I don't even blink.

But my biggest accomplishment was my speed.  I'm so proud of my sub-30 5ks last year, especially given that I never focused on my speed.  And I really think a lot of it has to do with the cross-training I added in to my routine.

I honestly have always dismissed the idea of cross-training in the past. I mean, I love running and the fact I can zone out, do it on my own, and in my own time.  But it's still challenging to find time for it.  Finding time to add something else in too?  What's the point.

But last year I added in pilates to my daily routine.  I noticed a change in my body, and I also noticed a change in my running.  Focusing on different muscles than get worked during your average run made me feel stronger during my runs, and in turn, I got faster. 

The pilates also helped with my flexibility, and I think helped me be less sore after runs.  Which allowed me to run even more!

There are various schools of thought behind cross-training.  Most recommend some aerobic, complementary workout such as swimming or cycling.  As I said, I liked pilates - the combination of strength training and stretching.  What are your thoughts on strength training?  Do you do it?  What do you do?

2 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of cross training - my favorites are Pilates reformer and yoga classes. The strength combined with the flexibility and balance improvements help my running tremendously and are also great stress relievers!

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  2. I do lots of cross training! A lot of weight training, kickboxing, zumba...it helps with running fatigue also. :)

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