AKA I commit to cross training!
On Saturday I tested 2/3 of my new cross training plan. Cross training is really not my thing. I just haven’t found anything that I love enough that I am willing to commit to it. Even knowing that it is beneficial to my running, I usually do it for 2-3 weeks and then forget about it.
Since I am setting some scary, big goals for my fall half marathon, I want to do everything in my power to adequately prepare for the race. That means running all the runs (easy), eating mostly healthy (less easy), and adding in some cross training (damn near impossible). I figured that there were two ways I could force myself to really stick with cross training: either pay for it up front or trick myself into going each week.
Since I am determined to pay for graduate school without taking any student loans, I’m saving my pennies and going for option #2. Which means I am tricking myself into going to yoga once a week by smushing it into the middle of a run. I’ll be running the 4 miles to my local Lululemon every Saturday for an hour of free yoga and then running the 4 miles home.
I tested the first two portions of this plan this past Saturday and it went really well. I actually enjoyed the yoga class and felt like I was getting a good workout during the class and after (my upper body was surprisingly sore the next morning). I opted to have Kendall pick me up after the class because I tweaked my hamstring early last week and wasn’t sure it was up for 8 miles AND trying something new. For future weeks I don’t foresee any issues with running home.
- Lululemon has yoga mats I can borrow for the class, so I don’t have to figure out running with a mat.
- Will be out of town for probably half of the weekends, so really only looking at 6 or so classes.
- Will kill about 3 hours of every Saturday.
- Will need back up plan for weeks I am out of town.
- I didn’t like yoga when I tried it a few years ago (but I believe that was because of the instructor).
Another thing that I am taking in to consideration is that 2 four mile runs isn’t really the same as an 8 mile run. However, since I am training for a half marathon, as opposed to a marathon, I don’t think this will be an issue. I will still have a long run on Sunday, a mid-week medium long run, and a tempo run each week to build both endurance and speed. Breaking up my easy miles into two sessions should be no big deal.
Sadly I won’t get another chance to try the full 3-part workout for another few weeks. I’ll be out of town next weekend (seeing Book of Mormon with my aunt!) and the following Saturday is the Charlevoix 5k. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I am really excited about this cross training plan! I’m already looking forward to my next yoga class.