After Sunday’s very slow run/walk, I’m keen to get started on my new training plan and had hoped to get out for a run this morning. However, when I was creating the plan I only scheduled a run every 3 days. This is because it usually takes me two days to recover and, when I got up this morning, I knew that I wasn’t ready for another run.
Apart from the fact that I am still feeling the effects of the race from two weeks ago, I seem to have picked up a bit of a calf strain from Sunday – no doubt the result of running through fatigue. So, I decided to dust off the old exercise bike and do a bit of cross training instead.
Not wanting to mess up my chances of a run tomorrow, I stuck with a nice easy workout using my C25K app. The idea was to cycle at a comfortable pace for the ‘walk’ sections and then pick it up to get the heart rate going for the ‘run’ sections.
This worked pretty well. While I felt that I was pushing myself for the faster sections, the recovery sections did what they were supposed to and I finished off feeling refreshed and energised. Also, it kept the strain off the calf muscles, so hopefully that will be feeling a bit better tomorrow too.
I’ve decided to add in a few more of these sessions to the training plan over the next couple of weeks to help build up my general fitness. It’s not something that I’ve done much of in the past, but since the exercise bike is just sitting there I might as well use it.
How’s your training going? Do you cross train as part of your training plan? What are your favourite cross training workouts? Please share your thoughts in the comments.