Typically Sundays are cross training days. A day to walk or hike or bike or anything that isn’t running. However, I will admit I have been remiss in my cross training days. I usually end up making it another rest day or somehow convince myself that mowing the lawn counts as cross training.
I see social media images of my idols doing cross training in amazing locales-Portland or Denver or other places far more interesting than our little town. I have somehow (wrongly so) convinced myself that our cross training locales aren’t suitable. Also, if I were honest, I would say that Sunday is my only day to relax-Saturday’s are long run days and Sunday is really the only day on the weekend that I can be a bump on a pickle. Unfortunately that usually means cramming a ton of stuff into one day and there is no time to be a bump or to cross train. Couple that philosophy with the fact that church typically takes up a good portion of the morning leaving us with the hottest part of the day to then venture out on some adventure or another.
I think going forward I need to make a more conscious effort to get moving on Sunday. Even if it’s to hit the gym and do 30 minutes on the elliptical or to walk down the street. I need to stop making excuses for why cross training isn’t important-because the reality of it is it is an important part of training. Every aspect of my training is important-I am only going to truly improve if I focus on doing all aspects of the program. Even the ones I don’t like.
It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be grandiose. It just has to be done.
Happy Running (or Cross Training)!