Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Why Can't I Just Run?
I'd admit I'm still new to this running thing. Yeah, I'm closing in on 2,000 miles for my career, but I've been hitting the pavement for less than two years. I've still got lots to learn.
Along the way, I've learned a lot, and I look forward to learning more.
What's the old saying? "Knowledge is power."
One of the things I've heard from other runners over and over again is how beneficial cross training is. In this 2004 article, Runner's World spells out eight benefits of cross training. And they all seem well and good even though No. 8 (Fit Pregnancy) doesn't really apply to me.
It all seems to make sense, yet when it comes right down to it, I can't seem to get into a routine of regular cross training. I'll do some here and there, even cross train two days in a row before taking a couple weeks off from it.
I'm not exactly sure what my issue with cross training is, but every time I'm doing it all I am thinking is, "Man, why am I not running right now?"
I love to run, which is obvious given the nature of this blog. And, in my mind, if I'm going to be exercising, why can't I be running?
The run is so much fun. I love everything about it.
So why do I need to cross train? Yeah yeah, I know it'll make me a better runner, but how do you fit into your schedule?
I need you help and suggestions: What type of cross training works for you? How often do you mix it in your exercise regiment? How has it enhanced your running?
Your comments are most welcome.