Related article: 8 Reasons to Cross-Train
Do you cross-train? And if you do, do you have a plan? Do you think about how each type of cross training impacts your running? Do you think of any exercise other than running as cross-training?
In this episode, I break down all cross training into three categories, which I think is crucial if you are to get maximum benefit and avoid injury.
The categories are
1. yoga (and similar activities)
2. strength training
3. cardio activities
Cross-training should be part of every runner’s training regimen, but to maximize the benefits of cross training for running, you need to consider the type of activity and its intensity because that will determine whether it positively affects your running, by making you faster and increasing your endurance or negatively affects your running by making injury more likely and adversely affecting your running due to too much intensity at the wrong times.
When performed on the right day of your training schedule and at the right intensity, cross-training for runners is a huge win, but it’s critical to know when to do it, considering the category of cross-training and intensity.