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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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