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9 Cross-Training Activities for Runners

Boost Performance, Reduce Injury Risk and Beat Boredom


  • Good suggestions. The water walking sounds like a lot of fun too! - 8/9/2014 11:19:25 AM
    rollerblading is good too! - 6/25/2014 11:28:02 AM
  • Great article. - 11/17/2013 3:27:15 PM
  • Very good suggestions. - 7/15/2013 5:47:22 PM
  • There are so many options provided here that I can easily do. This is great. Thank you! - 7/15/2013 10:52:10 AM
  • Much good info here. I cannot walk or run for exercise because of back problems but I can do a mixture of Pilates and yoga. - 7/6/2013 7:07:03 AM
  • While this is a good article, I agree with all of your comments especially about strength training and stretching needing to be added to the list! I've worked out with several trainers over the last year and a half and they've all stressed the need for working strength training and stretching into my running in order to improve it! - 2/7/2013 9:00:16 AM
  • It's nice to see bike riding among the cross training list. For what ever reasons some people down play the importance and benefits of bike riding.
    Swimming is also a great cross training exercise especialy the wave pools - 11/15/2012 9:24:40 AM
  • Very surprised yoga is not on this list. That is my main cross training when training for a race. And upper body weight lifting. - 10/29/2012 2:42:07 PM
  • What a great article I do all these except cross country ski and water jog .....glad to know doing the right things - 9/16/2012 2:23:11 PM
  • Wow! This is great information! Just what I've been looking for and more.
    Thanks so much for putting your time into something that will be helping many I'm sure.
    Have a great day!
    G Sparker - 9/16/2012 9:26:56 AM
  • I love running (which is quite surprising - 7 months ago I would have laughed hysterically if you told me I would be up to 9+ miles while still weighing more than 200 pounds)!

    I've tried riding my bike for cross training... Unfortunately, however, I overdid it (6 mile ride on lots of steep hills my second week out) and really messed up my knees. Thankfully I could still run without any pain in my knees but bending and squatting were quite painful for a month. So if you go the route of cycling - make sure you have proper form on the bike and take it easy - building up your time and distance on the bike.

    I've also tried pool running when I'm at my parents house- it is truly very boring - but the hand floats you use help add a welcome arm workout while pool running.

    My go to activity between my running days is ZUMBA! I know it's not traditional at all - but it is TONS of fun! :) - 9/16/2012 8:41:35 AM
  • I agree with WAMCVEY ~ Yoga and Pilates are definitely missing from this list - 5/19/2012 9:12:47 AM
  • Walking is #1 for me,
    it does the best to my legs, better than cycling or swimming,
    and it doesn't require any equipment or preparation.
    At first I felt walking was a waste of time as it burns relatively fewer calories,
    but now I love walking on my cross training days. I burn the calories during running, no need to worry about them on rest days. - 5/19/2012 8:14:07 AM
  • I agree that some forms of strength training should be included in this list, although I noticed that it really focuses on other forms of cardio that can help running.

    Actually, the only thing I disagree with in this article is the first sentence: the only way to get better at running is to run. In my personal experience, the only way to get an injury is to run, and then run some more. I got better at running by running less; in effect, I got better at running by doing this list!

    I was trying to get my run times down, and I overtrained. I ended up with a stress fracture, which meant I couldn't run at all. For two full months I did the stationary bike and the rowing machine, the only two pieces of cardio equipment I was authorized to use (I'm in the Navy). I kept up strength training. When I DID start running again in March, I did a walk-to-run program. I started doing plyometrics for my legs instead of weights.

    I had a physical assessment at the beginning of May. I only needed to run 1.5 miles, but three weeks before the test, I was still only running for 5-8 minutes. I only got one trial run before my test.

    On the day of the test, I ran 1.5 miles in 10:19, my fastest time to date. I shaved 21 seconds off my last test time, which was in October. So yeah, I can't stress how important this article's points are, for preventing boredom AND injury, and the only thing I don't agree with is that first sentence! - 5/19/2012 8:01:53 AM

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