This is my new mantra.
On my run today, I was repeating this phrase to myself...and it seemed it be working. Also, I was thinking about how I'd like to become a machine. And what I mean by this is that I want to overall be a stronger athlete, not just a stronger runner.
I realize that this is a lot considering I took 2 months off from everything. And I mean everything.
I stopped running, eating well, exercising, everything. I slept in, I ate junk food, I curled up on the couch and read some good books. It was a good winter, but it sure didn't involve the one thing that makes me feel really good, and that's being healthy.
I have been speculating as to why I took 2 months off. I was injured for a few weeks in October. And I jumped back on the horse. 2 days after that, I got sick with a cold. And I think that's where it hit a soft spot. I was training for the Old Pueblo 50 (which is in March) and it would be my first continuous ultra-marathon. I was so incredibly excited. But when my first few weeks were so rudely taken away from me, I think I did a mental flip and just said NO.
Also, the transition from Fall to Winter sucks. Who else is with me on this one? I hate going from nice, warm weather to bitter cold. It just takes all of the energy out of me.
So...I took 2 months off and now I want to be a MACHINE? Am I crazy.
Probably, but most runners are. No, I just got my running enthusiasm back...again.
Now...what's the plan?
My plan is to cross train.
I'm going to spice it up a bit. My go-to is always running (which is what I love) but I can't become a stronger athlete if my whole body is not on board.
Cross Training Ideas:
- I'm hoping to start biking to work since it will be getting warmer soon. February is a chilly, rainy season over here in the Southwest, so I will have some time to set up my bike. Also, the bike at the gym is where I will bike for now. I was going to look into some spinning classes as well.
- I'd like to start swimming sometime in March when it gets warmer. The downtown gym has a full length pool so I could get in some laps there (it's also mostly indoors when is a plus).
- I love my yoga studio, Yoga Oasis. They have $5 classes which is super awesome for those of us who teach! I would like to do this once a week. Also, I've been meaning to try Bikram Yoga at a place called Yoga Vida. During Bikram, the temperature can reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit and has about 40% humidity. Sounds tough, but challenging.
- Not as difficult of a workout, but it can still be challenging! There's a few trails in the Southern Arizona region that I'd like to hike. I'd love to go back to doing some hikes on the weekends with my boyfriend (if his grad school workload permits!).
My Plan for this Week:
Tuesday: Bike at the Gym, plus core
Wednesday: Morning speed workout group
Saturday: Running (medium distance)
Sunday: Running (long) + Gym
Is there any essential cross training workout that I missed? How do you cross train?