As you know, I’ve been some foot pain recently and it has been keeping me from running as much as I want to. Over the last week I’ve only ran one mile. I don’t know when my foot will feel better, but I know I have to do something in the meantime. So, I thought this would be a good time to talk about cross training.
Cross training means incorporating other types of workouts into your routine. For runners, cross training could be a means to strengthen the upper half of their bodies. Or it could be a way to avoid injuries. Cross training could even help improve speed and endurance.
Here are my suggestions:
Cycling: Cycling can help increase speed while giving your legs good workout. It’s not a weight bearing exercise, making it ideal for runners. Road cycling allows to you incorporate speed work, distance, and hills.
Yoga: I firmly believe that all athletes (and probably all people) should try yoga. However, runners in particular put a lot of strain on their bodies due to the high impact nature of running. Yoga is known for increases flexibility and range of motion. Yoga also increases blood circulation, which can help with recovery.
Weight/resistance training: Strong muscles help protect your bones. The right workout can help strengthen your entire body. Definitely my least favorite option, but that’s just me.
Swimming: Gives you a total body workout while giving your bones and joints a break. Swimming also does wonders for your endurance! It’s what I’ve been doing since my foot has been bothering me.
My first week back at running went pretty well. I ran three times and logged about 6 miles (I’m starting off SLOW guys). The last time I ran was on Saturday and while I felt good, the ball of my right foot did not. In high school, I would have ignored the pain and gone to practice everyday until I started limping. I’ve finally learned my lesson from that stress fracture sophomore year. 😀
The pain most likely isn’t from running; my guess is that it’s from wearing very high heels last week to attend a few birthday outings. (Including my own 23 birthday surprise!)
Anyway. I’ve been resting it as much as possible and I finally felt no pain yesterday. Which means I will be going for a run the second I post this update! My goal for today is 2.5 miles. And I’ll finally be trying out my Saucony Powergrid Cortana 2s from Road Runner Sports. I had to exchange the last pair for a half size bigger. Another lesson learned- size up when the website itself advises it. >.<
Have any of you started running? If not, tell me what’s keeping you from it!