Today in the series we are talking cross training. Because it is very important to vary your workouts when training for an endurance event.
Because if you were only ever to run, you would be putting stress on the same muscles every time. You would be overworking them, and not using other muscles. Overtraining bad, cross training good.
For the same reason that you vary your runs, hill repeats, speed training, and race pace runs; you should add in at least 2 x-training sessions per week as well. Effective x-training sessions include swimming, cycling or spin, elliptical, stair climber, or yoga. All of these activities are low impact, and can provide optimal recovery time for your joints.
In my training plan Tuesdays and Thursdays are my x-training days. I will do some light cardio on the elliptical and then some circuit or tabata training; or hit up a yoga class. I think that for me, yoga is essential in my training for the half. Having a baby put my body aaalll kinds of outta wack, and yoga is helping me to get my flexibility back and helping to ensure that my joints and muscles are getting good recovery time.
Do you build in x-training into your weekly workouts?