Disclosure: This post is part of my partnership with NYRR, as one of their social media ambassadors for the TCS New York City Marathon I will be posting weekly on preselected topics.
The number one reason why one should cross-train is to prevent injury. You must do more than run. Take it from someone who knows injury well, so well in fact I was thinking of changing the name of this blog to Injured Runner.
There are many alternates to running like biking, rollerblading, cross-fit, strength training, yoga, fitness classes, etc. The problem with all the alternatives are that they are not running. I would love to tell you that I effectively cross-train during marathon training, but that would be a lie. My coach, Jess, assigns cross-training days and sometimes I get it done and sometimes I don’t. I was practicing yoga daily for awhile, but my life got busy and I just didn’t make the time to fit it in anymore.
Right now my left foot is giving me issues. Probably peroneal tendonitis and/or plantar fasciitis, possibly a stress fracture. Unfortunately, both these diagnoses have the result-rest. I do see a chiropractor and we discussed my foot at length. He seems to think my muscles in the left leg are extremely tight and after a little deep tissue massage it did feel better. So, we decided I would do some exercises, get a deep tissue massage, focus on my nutrition-including vitamins, and cross-train. The best possible outcome is I will get in a few more runs before the marathon, the worst I won’t run until the marathon, either way I will be running the marathon. I have 20 miles under my belt and I am ready.
So as it looks right now I am being forced into cross-training. Maybe, if I had taken more time to fit the cross-training into my schedule I wouldn’t be in the position I am in, maybe not. I know I cannot look back, only forward. Forward to NYC. And until I can run again I will be biking, weight training, core training and practicing yoga.
What are your favorite alternates to running?