I never quite know what to do when cross training pops up on my marathon training plan. When I was creating my own plans, I never included cross training. I ran 6 days a week and that was that. Now that I’m using the Advanced Marathoning training plan, my schedule has 1-2 days of cross training a week and I’m always at a loss.
Generally the cross training day falls after a hard workout and my body is tired. I understand giving it a rest from running but I am just so unmotivated to do much else but run during training. Sure I love to swim but sometimes I don’t want to pack a bag, go to the pool, wait for a lane, etc. I also really don’t like the elliptical/stationary bike and it’s usually too dark for me to bike outside.
What’s a girl to do?
Today, I took Kelsey‘s advice and headed over to the gym iPhone in hand. I hopped up on the dreaded elliptical, logged into Netflix, and pedaled away while watching an episode of Felicity. Was I bored? Of course. Did I wish I was running outside? Without a doubt. But it was definitely easier to elliptical watching Felicity than the news.
I ended up ellipticaling for the entire episode (all I could stand/had time for) and went a little over 5 miles. It definitely wasn’t the hardest workout I had this week but my only goal was to move a little before 7 a.m. and I did that.
What do you do for cross training? Any suggestons?
My stomach has been feeling weird lately so I kept breakfast safe and easy.
A [blurry] brown rice tortilla filled with 1/2 pepita butter and 1/2 almond butter and banana slices. I popped it into the Foreman for 3-5 minutes until the inside was gooey and the outside was crispy. I also had the grapes and the rest of the banana.
I’m off to go to work. My fingers are crossed that I’ll get a surprise half day but I’m not counting on it. Happy Friday!