What Do You Do For Cross Training?

@Pigglies (9339)
United States
August 22, 2009 10:51pm CST
Or do you do cross training at all? Since I'm trying to let my ankles heal, I've been doing quite a bit of cross training this week despite being tempted to just run some more. I've been swimming and riding the exercise bike. Next week I'm going to add back the second day a week of running though. But I'll still have some cross training. And then if my ankles are okay with that, I will add back my third day a week of running the next week. I need to make sure my ankles will be good for the 5K. But I want to not only finish it, but also to improve on my time so I'm trying to get back into training as soon as possible.
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• United States
23 Aug 09
I'm doing cross country conditioning right now. I'm training to run a marathon to help raise money for Women's (Chest Part) Cancer. I'm running 3 times a week about 4-5 m iles. I'm running a 5K so I have to get used to running again. Once you begin running when you're not used to it yet, you have cramps, ankle pain, leg pain, fatiguness, etc. But then you just have to keep going and man up! Push yourself and remember to stretch! (=
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Oh that is awesome! Good luck with your 5K and the marathon too! I never want to quit running now because I can't imagine going back to how bad of shape I was in before I started running. I still have a long way to go, but I'm trying to make sure I don't slide back into old habits of being lazy. At least my ankles are healing though so I should be back in full swing soon.
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• United States
23 Aug 09
I was tring to run 4 days a week and ride two mornings then rest totally (maybe walk some) on the other day. I do not have a bke at present so I am trying to gifure out how to do cross traingin. I knwo it's not good to run everyday... but I sure do want to!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I know, I want to run all the time now! It is crazy how addicting running is. I've just been using my brother's exercise bike. I have a street bike, but we live in the hills so it is hard to ride much. But he has an exercise bike that forces you to ride at 20 mph or it shuts down (it's generator powered, so you have to ride fast enough to power the bike). So I can only ride it for 15 minutes or so. I think you can eventually build up to running almost every day. A lot of people in the running group I'm in run daily except for one day of rest. But they said not to do that at first.
@syndibee (799)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I get confused by those who run every day. You are told that your muscles need a day of repair between each run. Then you get what I'll call the elite runners who put in 50+ miles a week who run every day. There are some runners who haven't had a day off in years!!! Isn't that just not good for you? I'm finding that I'm too tired to run 4 days a week. I'm cutting back to 3 days now. I will try to do my Tues, Thurs, Sat this week and keep that my schedule but I'm not sure because after my 4 day week last week I'm just plum worn out and can't imagine running tomorrow.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Hey, now you've got my old schedule! I got up to 3 days a week and those were Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This week I'm going to do Tuesday and Thursday. For the past two weeks I only did Tuesday due to my ankles. Tonight I did 10 minutes on the exercise bike of interval hill and speed training. I kept the bike going at 25 mph the whole time. Pretty difficult. I don't think I'll be finishing the marathon in one hour or less. But definitely less than 2 hours.
@syndibee (799)
• United States
23 Aug 09
I usually use the exercise bike for my cross training. I don't do nearly as much as I should. My running still exhausts me. I'm also trying to incorporate weight training in there some. For weights I use dumbells and videos.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I should incorporate some more weight training. If I could afford a gym membership I would love to do weights again. That's about the only thing I enjoyed as far as physical activity when I was back in high school. In college I had never really done any activities. Now I'm a bit sad that I didn't run in college or something cool like that. But I suppose that maybe my lungs still weren't ready yet by then... I had pneumonia as a kid that absolutely destroyed my capacity to play any sports. Running got me all out of breath at first, but now I can run almost for too long. I think that I don't realize I should stop and my joints aren't quite ready to keep up yet.
@GardenGerty (99286)
• United States
23 Aug 09
You inspire me. I do not train at all. I was just getting into a little strengthening stuff and I had an incident with my knee. I had had leg pain, so I was going to strengthen them---well a week ago I turned my body, the knee popped and I could not walk. According to x rays there is nothing wrong, it just has developed a catch.(Not even arthritis!yay!) Dr. says no weights or bikes for a week. Take a week off (NOT) I took two days off, then had staffing issues, and am having to work my days off. A week is up tomorrow, and I will definitely get into some stuff to strengthen and hopefully knock a little weight off. I am tired of sore feet and knees. My ankles seem to be the only parts that do not hurt. So, starting in the next week I will be using ankle weights at home, and riding the bike at the Y. Long way to go to answer your question, huh?
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Maybe a long way to go, but still doing better than the people sitting at home on the sofa. At first I was pretty sore every time I went running. Now I don't really get sore, just injured apparently. I'm slightly sore from the exercise bike, but not very much since I think my body is still somewhat used to all the cycling I used to do. But if I went out and actually learned proper swimming, I bet I would be sore like crazy since that is something my muscles are not used to.