Even though I’m back to running – 7 miles on Tuesday and 6 on Wednesday, hooray! – cross training is going to be an important part of my training plan for a long time.
I have a love/hate relationship with cross training – when I’m doing a lot it usually means I’m injured – but during heavy training it can definitely help to mix things up and give a mental and physical break from running. Cross training also works different muscle groups that can actually help make you a stronger runner in the long run (win!).
I’ve definitely gotten in a fair share of XT over the past few months with the Achilles injury, and in order to prevent severe boredom I’ve learned how to mix it up a bit in the gym. My favorite cross training workouts are a combination of the elliptical and spin bike (this helps split up the workout and keep things interesting!), with some lifting and core work.
Here’s what I did this morning:
- 30 minutes spin bike – 5 minutes warm up, 5 minutes standing sprint, 2 minutes easy, 5 minutes sitting sprint, 2 minutes easy and repeat
- 30 minutes elliptical, alternating 4 minutes hard resistance and 4 minutes easy
I make sure to WORK during the intervals and really get my heart rate up, and the workouts usually fly by leaving me a hot, sweaty mess. While I already can’t wait to get out on the bridle path tomorrow morning, I’m glad I mixed it up this morning and gave my body (you’re welcome, Achilles) a break from running today.
I’ve also been mixing it up a bit in the kitchen. Sometimes I think my tastes change with the seasons – either that or I just get sick of the same ‘ol thing after a while. This past weekend a beautiful piece of organic beef seemed to be calling my name.
I probably eat red meat 2-3 times per year (mostly
charred cooked by my dad when I go home to visit), but I couldn’t resist. Mmmm, iron.
Paired with sweet potato fries, roasted asparagus and sauteed kale
I’ve also been feelin’ eggs lately. This took no time to put together and it was SO good.
Sunny side up egg over grilled mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, sauteed kale and goat cheese.
I love me a runny yolk – it made the perfect dressing for the dish.
Question: Are you a fan of cross training? Favorite workout? Are you a red meat fan?