It’s been four weeks. Four looooooong weeks since my last run. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been handling it well either. I’m annoyed and anxious and desperately want to run. I’m pretty sure the words “I miss running” slip out of my mouth at least 50 times a day. How much do you want to bet J is so sick of hearing it? The only saving grace has been that our weather hasn’t been that awesome. There’s been a lot of rain lately and SNOW last weekend. Not exactly ideal running weather.
In order to maintain my sanity, and the sanity of all those that have to deal with me on a daily basis, here are the few things I’ve been doing to maintain fitness. I don’t have a gym membership, so these are all things you can do in the comfort of your own home!
As soon as I was able to, I leashed up Ru-dog and we went walking. It was short at first, just up and down the street–a quarter mile at the most–but it got us outside and moving. We’ve done easy hikes, and yesterday went on a two mile walk in the sunshine. Even when the weather has been crappy, we’ve made it a point to get outside for a short walk.
This has been my saving grace. I started pilates right away, since everything else was too difficult with a bum ankle. My core has gotten so much stronger in the last four weeks, its insane. Even though I know I’ve lost some of my endurance, I’m confident the strength I’ve been building will help me when I’m able to run again. I really enjoyed this workout. It’s an ab burner!
For strength training and peace of mind, yoga has been my go to. Once I was able to put some weight on my ankle, I start incorporating yoga a few times a week. One day I did one routine that left me SO sore. It felt amazing!
If you can’t get to a studio, I’ve found some great videos on youtube, and the routines on YogaDownload cover everything!
4. Free weights
It’s so boring, but you can’t beat a regular ol’ strength routine. This is my favorite 10 minute arm workout and it’s a doozy!
If you DO have a gym membership, here’s a few other options for cross training:
I am not a swimmer, but in college I hurt my foot and was sidelined from running for a few weeks. I took to the pool and it’s an awesome workout. I looked into the pools in town, but the few available have ridiculous guest fees. So, it’s not in the cards for me this time around. Another option if you have access to a pool is pool running. If you want more information, Janae at the Hungry Runner Girl trained for the Utah Valley Marathon in the pool.
All boring in comparison to running outside, but useful to maintain your fitness. I used to LOVE using the Stair Master a few times a week as an alternative to running. It’s a killer workout and keeps you accountable! Everyone (I’m sure) has used a bike or elliptical before, so those are self-explanatory.
Group Exercise Classes
Depending on what your injury is, look into some group exercise classes. Spinning is always a great choice, and I have a personal love for Step classes. If your gym offers them, take advantage! The atmosphere is (usually) always encouraging, and having other people around you pushes you to do your best! I know that in group exercise classes, my competitive side comes out and I typically push myself to workout harder then I would alone.
So there you have it. Several options to maintain your sanity while you heal up!
What’s your favorite way to cross train? Do you incorporate it into your weekly training plans?