When I first started running, adding any cross training into my workouts wasn’t important …..so I thought until the day I tore my hamstring. It was a day to remember as I was in pain but also upset because I couldn’t run…not even walk properly. My world came crashing down and I didn’t know how I could live without running. It was caused from overtraining and having a poor core. Despite the fact I was in good shape, little did I know incorporating some cross training would have made me a stronger and healthier runner.
My visit to my physio suggested I pool run for six weeks. Six weeks seemed an eternity at the time, but I did what I was told. I didn’t enjoy it at first but knew it was the only activity to keep my fitness. I pool ran three times a week, and once a week, I would be in the pool for about two hours. This would be considered my long run, mimicking as close as possible if I were running.
During that time I learned about the benefits of cross training and I found water running had given my legs a break as it is low impact. It also added variety to my workouts. I learned to love pool running and still do at times.
Fast forwad, these days I still cross train, but I go to the gym and work on my core strength. I am injury free ever since and my running has improved.
What I benefitted the most from cross training is that I learned about a new activity such as pool running, pilates and core exercises..
Whether you are new or a seasoned runner it is never too late to add cross training into your workouts. Whether you are injured or not cross training has many benefits. It will improve your running and keep you in the game. Visit a personal trainer to get you on the right program.
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