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9 Cross-Training Activities for Runners

Boost Performance, Reduce Injury Risk and Beat Boredom


  • 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
  • I was surprised to not see yoga and/or pilates on the list. - 12/6/2011 1:57:41 PM
  • Good article but stretching and strength training needs to be included. Runners need to develop their upper bodies and they need to address the imbalances created by running. Most of the cross-training suggested here does not address the upper body or imbalances. - 12/6/2011 10:56:39 AM
  • This is helpful, thank you! - 2/26/2011 6:21:01 PM
  • Great article on the importance of cross-training & good ideas too! I'd have to pass on the higher impact options, but water workouts, I love. If anyone is on a budget or space challenged, do look for NordicTracks. I found a used one in good shape on Craigslist for $25. Much easier on the joints & pocketbook than most exercise equipment! - 2/18/2011 4:38:56 PM

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