I live in Wyoming, and like most other states, the Polar Vortex has spanked us way too many times this winter. Most of my runs have been done on my treadmill; since December I’ve run outside only about 5 or 6 times. I’m thankful for that moving belted beast in my basement, but I’m also thankful for the other fitness toys I’ve accumulated over the years.
Cross training isn’t only good for the body, it’s also important for the mind (well, my mind anyway). I’ve become an every-other-day runner, and on my off running days I spin, lift, punch, kick, yoga and Pilates my way through my early morning workouts. Not only have I maintained my sanity, all of these other workouts have improved my running by leaps and bounds (pun sort of intended).
I look forward to each run, and can finally say that each run has a purpose. I also crave my cross training days; knowing that in an indirect way, those workouts are making me a stronger runner. Running will always be my first love, but there are so many other fitness activities to be enjoyed as well. So bring it on, Vortex! Me and my arsenal of fitness toys are ready for you.