It’s Thursday again and this week I’m rambling about cross-training. And I don’t mean just cross-training in the traditional sense of cycling or swimming but more so just an overall taking-better-care-of-myself-and-strengthening-up kind of thing…

1. Kickboxing is fun

So a mom-friend from my youngest son’s preschool class invited me to come along to her 30 minute HIT gym one day. I felt totally out of my element but needed a kick in the pants so decided to join with her and give it a go. It’s been about 2 months now and I actually really enjoy it! I’m still pretty awkward and gangly in comparison to the trainers’ swift punches and kicks but hey, I’m tired and sweaty at the end and my abs are always sore so I figure something good is happening. I also really love that it’s a quick, tough workout and I can easily fit in during the day.

My stuff all laid out for the gym in the morning...

My stuff all laid out for the gym in the morning…

2. You can find me on the floor

Along the same lines of wanting to get stronger, I decided I really needed to work on strengthening up my hip flexors and adductors to stop my nagging pains in those areas once and for all. To do that, I’ve headed back to my Chiropractor for some weekly ART and am doing my strengthening exercises diligently. So far I’ve been good and have been down on the floor laying on my hockey ball and doing my exercises every night before bed.

I don’t have any pics of me doing my exercises but here’s my youngest son trying to copy me...

I don’t have any pics of me doing my exercises but here’s my youngest son trying to copy me…

3. Or on the table…

I’ve also decided that with both boys in school this year I should be able to find the time to start going back to massage therapy on a regular basis. It’s been a couple years since I’ve done it with any regularity and my poor body misses it. I went to a new RMT today and had an amazing treatment so I’ve got my next 4 weeks booked to go back and see her. I never felt better than when I was doing chiro, RMT and physio consistently so I’m hoping to get back into those habits.

4. I’m trying to be creative

I think an important part of starting a new habit is making sure that you don’t get bored. Since I don’t really know where I want to go with this cross-training and strengthening stuff I wanted to at least make sure I’m working some strength training into my weekly routine. The HIT is great and I’m enjoying it so much more than I expected but I’m switching it up with at-home workouts too.

I wrote about Tamara Grand’s Ultimate Booty Workouts which I’m loving and also I’ve been doing 10- minute Trainer strength workouts with Hubby (he’s a big Tony Horton fan). Some days I just make up my own routine and randomly do abs, lower body and body weight exercises like push ups and such. The bottom line is I’m trying to do something every day or every other day and I’m enjoying it so far. 

I’m working hard but can still only do a plank from my knees...

I’m working hard but can still only do a plank from my knees…

5. But I’m still running at the same time

The reason this strength stuff is important to me is because I want to become a stronger runner so at the same time I’m trying to build back my base mileage. I don’t exactly have a plan at this point so my running is pretty willy-nilly and to be honest, that kind of drives me crazy. I really need to woo my coach with a dinner date so we can talk business and set up some plans but in the meantime, I’m just trying to get out for a few shorter runs during the week and something longer on the weekends.

Our cold, sunny weather lately has made for some really beautiful runs!

Our cold, sunny weather lately has made for some really beautiful runs!

So that’s about all I have to say about cross-training for now. What do you do for cross-training and strength-training to supplement your running?

Be sure to check out what other random thoughts people are posting today for Thinking Out Loud Thursday by visiting Amanda’s linkup at runningwithspoons!


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  1. Renee @ Bendiful Blog    

    Kickboxing is the Shizzzz! I teach it so I’m bias but seriously it’s one of the fastest was to tone the full body and get a great cardio blast even just a half hour makes a huge difference. I need to get back to hitting the bag rather than showing people how too!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      I totally didn’t think it was for me when I first tried it out, like I said, I felt so awkward. But it’s been a little while now and I really enjoy it! I feel totally pooped after just the 30 minutes, it’s fantastic! And dare I say that I think I might already be seeing a bit of difference?

  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons.    

    Ooo kickboxing! I’ve never tried it, but it’s something that I really want to do! I would probably spend the first 20 minutes laughing at my attempts to be a bad*ss, but I seriously think it’s an awesome workout… and I bet it helps get some of that stress out too 😆
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    1. slowfastnik    

      I had never really thought about trying it either until that friend of mine dragged me along. Even after a few times I wasn’t sure if it was for me but now that I’ve been going for awhile, I really love it. There’s technique involved in it and I actually really like that. Gives me something to work on each time I go.

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