Monday, March 14, 2011

EricG's Running Tips #11 Cross Train

I have certainly developed strong opinions about what works for me now that I have several years of consistent running under my belt.  That does not mean I don't try new things but I always seem to end up right back in my routine.  As I mentioned in a recent post on my current training for the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run (less than 3 weeks away now) I cross train two days each week while running four and resting one.

I am a firm believer in cross training for a number of reasons.
  1. It breaks up the monotony of running every day.
  2. It allows me to continue to build strength and endurance while taking a break from the beating running puts on my body.
  3. Focus on other areas of fitness - core, hips, core, arms, core, etc. has one hundred percent made me a stronger runner. Did I mention core strength? I am not saying I am the ab wonder by any stretch but core strength is a key ingredient to strong distance running in my opinion.
Many of the specific exercises I do are listed in the post mentioned above. Which exercise shown below do you think is more difficult?  My version was done around 4am in New Orleans after a full day of cross training on Bourbon Street:)

Here are a couple of articles I found about the general benefits of cross training/conditioning.

Here is an article from Runners World with a bunch of cross training workouts.

Some time in the next few weeks I will post one or two examples of the cross training workouts I do.  Please feel free to share your cross training exercises/workouts.  Would love to hear them.



  1. I heard x training helps core strength! I'm doing 15% of my miles on elliptical. It helps keep the beating on the legs down while not sacrificing aerobic work.

  2. Have you ever heard of Patch Fitness? It's how I cross train and it makes me feel crazy tired by the end and worked like nonother. Will do you do anything else strength wise? ie weights....

  3. Talitha, I have not heard of Patch but will check it out. I do very little work with weights but when I do I work with very light weights and do lots of reps. Usually 3 to 4 sets 30-50 reps. Don't know if I am right but I feel that everything I am building for is endurance so I work that way.


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