The “Year of the Peeps” question for February was:
Do you Cross-Training. Why or why not?
Love it? Hate it? How often do you do it? Never? Personally I think cross training is really important. Do I do it as much as I should? Hmmm, probably not. I try to get at least one in a week but I know I should be doing 2 at a minimum. For me I have a hard time balancing workouts. I kind of get gung-ho about running and let the others slack off. Or I get real into lifting and let my running slack a bit. My goal of “balance” for 2015 is to find a nice blanched schedule for running and cross- training.
Here’s what you guys had to say:
Rachael: YES! I do either the stationary bike or elliptical twice a week. It gives my body a break from running – and I sort of use it like a recovery day – because the effort is not as much as running. (Runfyhp: so true and why I need to do it more!)
Lacy: I cross train way more than I run. That is my big secret. I am a fake runner. (Runfyhp: My favorite reply ) 🙂
Aimee: I do! I started because everyone told me to. I hated it. Now I bike, lift, and generally kick butt!!! (Runfyhp: Nice job! #rockstar)
Amanda: Absolutely. When I was working on speed, I saw faster advancements when I cross trained for it. I have weak ankles so I focused on strengthening my feet and keeping my calves loose and it really made a difference in my endurance. (Runfyhp: training smart Amanda, I like it!)
Heather: Yes, I strength train 5 days a week. I also cycle around 100 miles a week. (Runfyhp: awesome!)
Christina: Yes! Strength training is extremely important! Especially core and hip strengthening. I add strength training 3-4 times per week. (Runfyhp: I need to follow your example!)
Kathy: Yes! I do strength training 3 days a week and it has made me a stronger runner. (Runfyhp: Fantastic!)
Great job ladies! You all hit it right on the nail. Cross-training is known to help with many things including but not limited to conditioning, injury prevention, helping prevent burn out (or boredom) in your fitness routine.
Keep up the great work!
Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for the question of the month for March!