I’ve been good in listening to my coach. I’ve done the required runs with the required paces. I listen to the things that she asks me to do because I know that she knows what she’s talking about. That being said, I may have slacked off a bit on the cross training. Not until recently did she really give details on cross-training. It had been more of telling you to cross-train. So I will say that my cross-training may not have been what was expected, but I was doing my runs.
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
I know that’s not really the way it works. There is more to running than the actual running. I know. When I first started running, I was doing Crossfit which I loved. Loved. Loved. Loved. At the time though, I really couldn’t justify paying for both Crossfit and having a coach especially when I already belong to my local YMCA. Besides I was finding that between recovering from an event or tapering for one, Crossfit was no longer a good fit for me. For a while I was good about continuing my cross-training. Then little by little, things just slipped away to the point that I really was not doing much more than running.
I also know that if I want to improve my running, I can’t continue just running. I need to get back into doing other things. Maybe tone up my abs a little. Now I’m not deluding myself into thinking that I will ever get washboard abs or even pre washboard abs. I’m thinking maybe I should have a little less jiggle in the pouch. No amount of running is going to make that happen which really does suck.
As I said before, now my coach through Training Peaks is giving specifics. I will admit that yesterday she said 4 sets and I only did 2, but baby steps. Besides I’m sore today from just 2 sets. I couldn’t imagine how sore I would have been with 4 sets. What really stinks too is that there really is no excuse not to do these things as there really isn’t much equipment involved and what is involved I already have.
Here is a sample of my workout
10 push-ups, 20 Kettle-bell swings, 10 burpees with push-ups, 10 bicep curls, 15 triceps dips.
Back in the hey day of Crossfit, I could have killed this workout. Not so much now. I had to break them up some. I realized how just because I can now run around the block a few times, does not mean anything when it comes to cross-training. I realized that I missed it a little too. So I will continue to add these back in and do more than just the running.
I even went today and did the elliptical and stationary bike today per my schedule.
It is a necessary evil that I really shouldn’t avoid.
Besides I do like it:)
Yeah, I’m crazy like that.
What do you do for Cross-Training?
Do you like Cross-Training days?