- It will never be running
- You should choose workouts that are closest to running in terms of muscles used and aerobic systems taxed. Good options include elliptical trainers, cross-country ski machines, stationary bikes, and water running
- It helps reduce injury by forcing you to run less and by balancing your weaker muscles with your stronger ones. It will also lessen the stress on your joints, which are often a sore spot for runners.
- It helps build different muscles than running does, hopefully making you a better runner
- You'll avoid getting bored with running. Bored with running, what? Are you high? Supposedly, running day after day will eventually burn out even the most hard-core runner. Cross-training gives runners a much-needed mental break from their sport, which is especially important for those training for long-distance events such as marathons.
For me I cross train so I can run. Bottom line. Running gives me a much needed mental break from cross training.
The only bad part about my run was I can only do 20 minutes right now. At the 20 minute mark (2.1 miles) I was just getting my groove on. I SO didn't want to stop. But this little voice inside my head was saying (don't look back you can never look back...what song is that?) "don't overdue it, you'll risk injury and then you'll be screwed," so I stopped and walked the rest of the way home. Walking sucks. I hate it.
Actually this outfit is extremely meaningful - the brother of one of Ken's friends died in a flying accident over the Everglades last year. He used to own a place called Saxy's Cafe in Aspen and was the father of three. He was only 37. Ken's friend had these jerseys and shorts made in his memory.
We went for 20 miles, averaging 17.2 mph. My lady parts now hurt. Those areas are tender and get quite beat up on the bike. Am I the only one? I guess if I biked more things would toughen up.
Speaking of, I saw a dead baby beaver along the side of the road. Really, I did.
Drinking: Candy Cane Lane tea