Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Run, Bike, Swim not necessarily in this order

I love running but I more in love with exercising. Knowing that I have options is lovely, especially when my body needs a break from the pavement. Sunday, which is my rest day, I rode Zeke's bike and ended up here:
I love this view.
 Saturday is long run day with the running buddies. I forgot to start my Garmin again so I missed up on half a mile or so but thank goodness everyone carries their own watches. I bet this weekend we'll kick it up and run extra long, which is lovely. 
keep that Garmin going girl.
Summer running starts before the summer in these parts. I had a 'slow and sweaty' run the other day but the good thing was that I finally saw my friend Maria who always encourages me. She ran Boston and finished it at 3:50. She finished Houston at 3:37! She trains solo but always finds kind words to give us. Her pace during season is 8 minutes per mile, something I hope to do in the future. She told me she began much like me and assures me that if I train hard I can improve my time. I so love runners who help runners!
It's hot in here, can you tell? 
My latest challenge has been to get back to swimming. I must have planned my big come back for months and it finally happened today. I kept thinking about how nice it would be to exchange one cross training day for swimming. It turns out I still have what it takes. I'm gonna stick with this plan for a while and see if it makes a difference in training. Swimming (and biking) help me with endurance and that's what I need to tackle 26.2 successfully. 
Hello pool!
I believe that each day of training is considered epic. Running a marathon is easy considering what you go through to get to the start line. The medal is a sweet memory of that day but I believe that an athlete is made in the mundane act of pushing the body to perform. I thank God for the health and ability to exercise. It's a blessing I don't take for granted!

Question: How do you cross train? Do you see a difference in your main training?