I am a runner.
First and foremost. And I intend to remain one, whilst I breathe.
So, I’ve always approached cross-training as that “thing” I do
when I can’t run. As evidenced HERE, HERE, and most painfully HERE. But, all of
that is starting to change for me now. Now, after having gone 2 months without
running (and 12 months without running pain-free), with no end to my Plantar issues in
sight, I’m beginning to approach my cross-training routine a little bit differently.
I’ve decided to take the “cross” out of training and it’s making a world of
I fully realize that it’s just a mental thing, calling “cross-training”
just plain “training”. But, many times it’s our minds (not our bodies) that
keep us from taking that next step in our physical development.
So, instead of coming to the gym and getting on the bike, or
the elliptical, or the stair climber and doing them as a substitute for running. I’m doing all
those things for their own sake. Instead of thinking about how much less
satisfying these exercises are compared to running, I’m focusing on how much
better they are for me than sitting on my ass, drowning my sorrows in cookies. And, instead of dwelling
on my lost endurance I’m embracing my increased cardio.
Sure, this all may sound like the mad rationalizations of a desperate runner wanna-be. But, since I’ve developed this new training attitude I’ve hit the workouts
harder and with more purpose than I ever have before. I've been more upbeat and encouraged about coming to the gym. And, I’ve dropped 8 pounds in
So, that’s gotta be worth something! Right?