I live in Wyoming, and unlike some other states, El Nino seems to have forgotten us this winter. Snow, ice, and cold has spanked us way too many times already. The past month, more and more of my runs have been on my treadmill. I’m thankful for that moving belted beast in my basement, but I’m also thankful for the other fitness toys I’ve accumulated over the years.
Cross training isn’t only good for the body, it’s also important for the mind (well, my mind anyway). I’ve become a mostly every-other-day runner, and on my off running days I spin, lift, punch, kick, yoga and Pilates my way through my early morning workouts. Not only have I maintained my sanity, all of these other workouts have improved my running by leaps and bounds (pun sort of intended).
I look forward to each run, and can finally say that each run has a purpose. I also crave my cross training days; knowing that in an indirect way, those workouts are making me a stronger runner. Running will always be my first love, but there are so many other fitness activities to be enjoyed as well. So even if El Nino doesn’t make us warmer and drier than usual, me and my arsenal of fitness toys are ready.