Altar Ego White MarbleI’ve mentioned it a few times in passing but I think the topic deserved it’s own post due to it’s importance during half marathon training – cross-training. It’s something that I didn’t fully see the value in until about a year ago and a piece of advice I wish I would have listened to earlier (read: don’t make the mistake I did by forgoing cross-training because it’s going to help your race so much more than you could ever imagine). With running as the main focus during training, it’s easy to forget that there are other ways to prepare your body for race day – switching things up activates different muscles, enabling a stronger run.
Cross-training is a very broad topic and can apply to many different types of workouts, such as weight lifting, HIIT classes, yoga, cycling, etc. With so many options, it’s essential to experiment to find what you like that will keep you interested week after week. This may mean switching it up and that’s okay! You have to find what works for you. I have found that I like to go to yoga on the weekend then HIIT and strength training classes during the week. Yoga helps to restore my body after long runs then mentally prepare for the week ahead whereas the HIIT and strength training classes help burn off steam from the work day hustle.
In an effort to switch things up, I am challenging myself to try a new class once a month. With that being said, what studios are your favorite? And who is up to join me in this fit-venture? Friends always make a workout that much better 🙂
As always, if you have any questions, please make sure to comment or reach out so I can address them in the coming posts!
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A special thank you to Michael Champagne for this early morning photoshoot!