I’ve read it a million times – you can’t just run, you have to cross train too. I know this, but for some reason I keep skipping it. I was actually thinking about it a few nights ago, then woke up the next morning to a twitter feed full (okay, not full, but there were a few!) of articles stressing how important cross training is for runners.
I fully admit, I have a hard time spending time and energy cross training when I know I can get a much bigger calorie burn by running. It’s also hard because almost all of the ideas I can come up with for activities that I’ll enjoy require me to be home. Have you ever tried to work out with a 4-year-old and 1-year-old around? It’s not easy! I tried locking myself in a room, thinking if they can’t see me then they won’t know I’m there. Wrong! Mackenzie kept banging on the door yelling “Mama!!” while Braden was telling her to be quiet and was yelling some other nonsense at me that I couldn’t understand. It’s so much easier to focus on my workout when I’m out of the house, which is a big part of why running works so well for me. I’m full of excuses, aren’t I?
So, I got excited when I saw Heather post her “Cross Train or Remain the Same” challenge. You can get all of the details on her site, but the basic idea is that runners need to cross train, so she is challenging us to cross train twice a week in the month of April.
Here’s my issue though – what should I do? I’m a big fan of yoga and have been doing Jillian Micheals Yoga Meltdown DVD sporadically, but I feel like I should incorporate something else for some variety. Maybe more strength training?
I have a few other Jillian DVD’s (30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones) but unless I get up before the kids, they’re going to be hard to do at home. I may just have to suck it up and get up before Mackenzie’s 5:30 wake up call to get it done. I have a bike but I’m thinking a beach cruiser isn’t exactly going to work for this, or will it? The 5K training plan I’m on right now calls for a fun cross training workout every few weeks, and I was thinking that a bike ride with the kids would fill that nicely.
So what do you think? What are your favorite ways to cross train? Is there something else that I’m not thinking of?