Cross Training, Fitness, Running

How Cross Training Will Help You Become a Better Runner as Told by Clueless.

Hello there! It’s another day in paradise. I got up for some early miles this am with some hill work thrown in. 7 before 7 is done. Just part one of my runs today! I’m so happy for the warmer weather lately…although it has been pretty humid it has been nice to run in shorts in January. But…I know that won’t last long!

So we all know that in order to become a better runner you must do some other things other than just RUN. Am I right? Well as a fitness instructor I am a huge believer in incorporating cross training into your running. Here are a few ways it will help you become a better runner. With the help of some of my friends from the movie Clueless.

Reduce the likelihood of injury. When you cross train, you are utilizing different muscle groups that you otherwise wouldn’t use when you run. So important to fire up those other parts of your body and keep things spicy. Working different muscle groups will keep your body more aligned and more balanced which will reduce the impact and help you run injury free. So if it’s a spin class or even one of those Tae Bo DVDs you have in a box somewhere, find the time in your schedule to do it.

Increase your efficiency and running economy. Doing things like lunges and squats, as well as other dynamic movements will help with your stride overall which will make you a more powerful runner out on those roads. I love workouts like Nike Training Club because they incorporate these kinds of movements in the workout. I know, sometimes we don’t want to do these things as runners since we all run so much. But trust me, just do them. You won’t regret it.

It will prevent you from getting burned out on running and racing. I have to say that even after 7 years of running marathons and ultras I am still in love with this sport. And I attribute that to the fact that I enjoy mixing up my workouts and doing things like strength training, yoga, and spin classes. It just makes you overall a more well rounded runner and athlete. I also love the aspect of teaching group fitness and doing cross training types of workouts with a team.

Faster recovery. I am a big fan of active recovery type workouts like biking and swimming because you can still get a workout in without the impact of pounding the pavement. I love to cycle especially after a hard race because it just wakes my legs up and gets them moving again. My favorite saying right now…”motion is lotion” just keep it moving and things will be back to normal in no time.

What are some of your favorite ways to cross train?

27 thoughts on “How Cross Training Will Help You Become a Better Runner as Told by Clueless.”

  1. Cardio kickboxing was my go to for awhile, but it always left me so tired to do anything else so now, I only do it every once in a while. Lol I now weight lift here and there. 🙂

    1. Keep the strength training up especially if you are interested in running longer distances like ultras! It will really benefit you! At the end of the day do what you know you’ll be consistent with and what you enjoy. Some people enjoy kickboxing, some people like swimming etc. Whatever works for you and your journey.

  2. I like mixing up my workouts too. I seriously can’t do the same thing over and over again because I get bored easily. That’s why youtube is a goldmine for switching it up & keeping it fun!

  3. I mainly do Camp Gladiator (boot camp style workouts) and hot yoga to cross-train. A typical week for me is 4 days of running, 2 days of CG and 1 day of yoga.

    I’ve been doing yoga longer than I’ve been running, so I can’t say it’s made me a stronger runner. But I know it helps because I definitely feel a difference if I skip it! My favorite instructor has us do lots of deep hip stretches, as runners we definitely need that!

  4. My biggest form of cross-training in the winter is definitely snowboarding, bot on the mountain and in the backcountry…I do love a good spin class during the week too!

  5. I need to get on board with cross training – it’s just so hard to find something I enjoy doing as much as running. Before I ran, I used to be an elliptical addict – but now I find it so boring.

  6. Always incorporated cycling (spin and outdoor riding) and swimming when tri training. But after only running for 6+ months in 2016, I decided to give crossfit a shot.

  7. YUPPPP this is sooooo true! When I started incorporating Insanity into my marathon training is made suchhh a different! I try to do some Youtube videos of abs/weights a few times a week too (the weights have been neglected a bit though hahah). AWESOME post per usual!

  8. “motion is lotion” is a golden phrase! I’m training for a half marathon rn and know I ought to be doing more cross training…Which nike workouts do you like?

  9. It’s taken me years to realise that Cross Training is FAB! I’ve always pounded the pavements and been frustrated when I’ve picked up injuries. Now I do RPM spin classes, Swimming, yoga and kettlebell /HIIT workouts.

  10. Love it. Health and fitness can come in easy steps. Not just going crazy and paying tons of money to join gyms and get fancy gear. I love your emphasis on how easy it can be to take simple steps.

    I think you’d find my new blog has very similar posts. I encourage you to check it out! Like. Subscribe. Whatever. We are all in the fitness blogging game for the same thing. To spread healthy lifestyle as far and wide as we can. Definitely following your blog to learn more as I go 🙂

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