I’m being totally serious when I say I want to be Janae. Give me those running skills and that pretty smile… you rock.
I was so honored when she agreed to guest post for me while I’m having my family beach time in North Myrtle this week. I asked her to gimme some cross-training tips for my marathon training since I’m using her marathon training schedule. Enjoy her… she’s a treat. 😉
AHHHH When Alyssa asked me to guest post for HER blog I died. I think she is the prettiest/funniest/bestest girl ever and so of course I was thrilled to be on her blog.
She wanted me to talk about cross-training while training for a marathon, which is one of my FAVORITE subjects. As you know she is currently training HARD CORE for her marathon and I am sure a lot of you reading this are also training for some sort of race now or in the near future.
I am a STRONG BELIEVER in cross-training. I am learning the hard way now (aka injured for way too long) because I forgot about cross-training. My first marathon I only ran THREE days a week and cross-trained 3 days with a rest day and ran a 3:20 marathon. (You can find my first marathon training plan HERE). While training for Boston I got injured because I started running 6 days a week and skipped out on all of the other things (aka cross-training) that are NECESSARY to keep your body strong and injury free.
Some people’s bodies CAN handle running everyday of the week and run very high high mileage, but I cannot and that is why I will be cross-training for the rest of my life to avoid injuries.
Let’s talk about my most favorite ways to strengthen your body, get an amazing sweat on, rack up the endorphins and avoid the whole stress fracture thing 🙂
1. I absolutely LOVE weight lifting. I didn’t used to but after telling myself over and over again how great it is for me, I fell in love with it. Strength training will help you to be faster and besides just having strong muscles it will strengthen your bones too….which is always great for girls.
I am NOT good at doing it on my own so I always go to a class or with a friend to help keep me motivated and not quitting after 5 minutes and going for fro-yo.
2. Have you tried cycling?!?! Don’t be afraid….the class is held in a dark room and so no one can see whether or not you need to take a break. Cross-training is perfect during marathon training because it is LOW IMPACT on your joints but it WILL improve your cardiovascular strength and endurance!
3. Yoga was another thing that I used to HATE. I got bored easily and thought I would be better off running instead of doing yoga…..NO WAY!!! Yoga will definitely help your running mentally and physically!! Find the type of yoga that works for you…..whether it is a class, a dvd or an online video!
Those are my three favorite ways to cross-train while training for a marathon…WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CROSS-TRAINING ACTIVITIES!?!?!