When I was a new runner and heard "cross training", I thought, cross country running? Like in high school? Nope. It's any other kind of exercise, and it's important because it helps you get stronger and become a better runner.
|Imagine the mess Katniss would have been in if she hadn't cross trained.|
As I've talked about before, variety has not been my strong suit. I like my cardio--but I'm getting better about it. I'm currently doing a strength training plan that incorporates running. Baby steps! But I have a whole list of things I'd love to do once I'm stronger:
Rock Climbing: When I was younger, I did a lot of rappelling and climbing. I spent a good portion of my summer attached to a mountain (thanks, Girl Scouts!). I'm not as brave as I was when I was a kid, so I'd be happy to find a rock climbing gym and scale pretend mountains.
Rowing: Another childhood love was canoeing and kayaking--something else I haven't done since early college. When you're a kid you don't really think about the health benefits of tooling around on the water, but rowing is a great upper body workout.
Paddle Boarding: Right now, I can only imagine how challenging this would be for me because my core is really weak. I think it looks like a lot of fun, though.
Aerial: Okay, guys. This is waaaaaay down on the wish list because I'd probably do myself great bodily harm if I attempted it right now. But wouldn't it be awesome to swing around in the air in an aerial silk? And, um, be strong enough to get up there?
I'm inspired looking at my list. Good thing today is arm day, huh?
A penny for your thoughts: what's on your athletic non-running wish list?