If you are a runner and you are not cross training, you're missing out on some huge benefits. Whether it's yoga, spin, rowing, weights, or swimming (or whatever else you choose), there are definitely some benefits to mixing up your routine.
1. Injury Prevention: This one is pretty obvious. Switching up your routine helps to eliminate overuse injuries. Did you know that about half of running injuries are actually reinjuries?
2. Greater Fitness Level: Cross training can help you in several ways. For example, it can increase a runners efficiency and power. Plus, it can allow you more time training without getting injured or fatigue. For example, a strong core can help prevent lower back soreness while running. Spin class can help with foot turnover. Swimming is a great overall body conditioning exercise that keeps the pressure off many easily injured areas while allowing you to work your entire body. See the benefits?
3. Motivation: No matter how much you love something, it's easy to get a little tired of it now and then. So, switching it up will help you keep that flame alive. Try cross training a couple times a week. Every now and then, take a week or two off from running and try some new classes or a new sport. You'll stay active, but you'll also remember why you loved running in the first place. Just a reminder - if you're taking a new class, make sure you check out the facility and the instructor. You want to ensure they're properly trained and certified as needed.
4. Active Recovery: The benefits of exercise are great. However, that athletic conditioning comes when your body gets a chance to rest. When you perform active recovery workouts between key running workouts, your body will become even more fit, and your body will actually receive more rest and recovery.
5. Rehab: It's a given - if you run long enough, you're likely going to sustain some type of injury. When this happens, cross training is key. While things such as biking, the elliptical, rowing, or walking may not be the same as running, they will help you keep a base line fitness level for when you are able to return to running. Plus, doing some type of exercise while you are injured will help keep you from getting down in the dumps.
If you are looking for some great classes or options for cross training, check out The Gym 24/7 and The Field Training Center. They offer classes such as Cross Train, spin, Pi-Yo, yoga, barre, plus much more.
In case you somehow missed it, summer is here! We have had a variety of events already this summer and have enjoyed a little bit of racing in the heat!
Here's a short recap:
1. OMRR/Fleet Feet Sports Track Meet
- Joy, Malinda, and Nick headed to Rogersville for a little fun on the track. Joy and Malinda took 1st and 2nd place in the 400m.
- Joy, Malinda, Nick and Tiffany decided to create a 4x400m team! They crossed the finish line with a time of 5:32.10.
2. Jamie Vest heads to Chicago!
- Coach Jamie headed to Chicago for the #RNRChicago half marathon. She rocked it with a third place female finish and a time of 1:20:58.
3. Weekend Lake Retreat
- While Jamie was killing it in Chicago, the rest of us were enjoying some fun in the sun at the lake. We enjoyed a weekend with family and friends, and created many memories. A little running, yoga, swimming, and good food is good for the soul!
4. Access to Health 5k
- The team headed to Springfield for the Jordan Valley #A2H5K. The downtown course offers a few hills, and a great view (but not a lot of shade). Congrats to Jamie on her female overall win! Jamie took home the coveted stethoscope award! Joy took first in her age group, while Malinda took second in hers. Kyleigh snagged a 5k PR, and April completed her first 5k ever! Congrats, team! We headed to Gailey's for breakfast, and ended the day with a pool party and taco bar hosted by Malinda and Lendall. Thanks to all who came out to support a great cause and enjoy a great day.
We are excited about what lies ahead as well. Many of us are training for fall races including the Bass Pro Fitness Festival and the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Throw in some 5ks and trail races, and our fall is looking bright. We are fortunate to have a great group of dedicated and positive athletes that work hard each week to meet their short and long term goals and to help each other along the way.
Happy Running! Stay Cool!
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