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Editor’s Corner: Adventures in Cross Training

On Women’s Running’s Twitter this week, we asked you to air your biggest #Runfession. We got some great ones, including my personal favorite:

My biggest #Runfession: I really don’t enjoy non-running exercise. For me, running is a passion. Swimming, biking, elliptical. . .not so much.

 

I’ll do it, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. :)

At the same time, I know how important cross training is—especially following a major race, when your body’s in recovery. Although my marathon was a few weeks ago, my legs are still not 100 percent ready to run. To ward off the cross-training doldrums, I decided to mix it up and try new things. Here’s how it went. . .

1. P90X

Tony Horton has become a household name for a reason. His workout videos are notoriously tough—and produce some amazing results. Not ready to commit to the 90-day challenge, I dipped my toe into the P90 pool by trying the 60-minute Plyometric workout.

How many plyo workouts do you think it takes to get those abs? I will never know...

Verdict: I didn’t think it was possible for two legs to perform that many squats. It’s a lot of jumping. But it was fun to try once! Plus, I made it through the whole workout in my living room without surrendering to the sofa’s siren song. Success!

2. Boot Camp

I actually do enjoy the occasional boot camp class. The camaraderie makes me feel like I’m with my running buddies. I haven’t done one in a while, so when my coworker Tracy recommended a class she attends, I was in.

Don't let the sweet smile fool you, Tracy is a boot camp bada$$.

Verdict: I showed up expecting a challenge, but I was in way over my head. After 10 minutes of lunges, burpees, jumping rope and running, I whispered to Tracy, “I’m already tired!” She advised, “Pace yourself, girl!” After the full hour, I was way more wiped than post-P90X. The class was hardcore, but 100 percent women—the perfect combo, in my opinion. I told Tracy I’d be back next week.

3. Hot Yoga

Looking for something more restorative, I decided to try out the yoga studio near my apartment. This particular studio offers hot classes of different varieties. I opted for the “Yin & Yang.”

Sounds peaceful, right?

Verdict: The Yin section involved full-body exercises like planks and squats, while the Yang balanced things out with challenging stretching. It felt good to work different muscles, and the instructor was patient with newbies like me. But the class confirmed my biggest lesson of the week: just because you can run a marathon, doesn’t mean cross training will be easy.

I want to know. What form of cross training do you find most humbling? Let me know here or on Twitter: @JessieSebor.

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Yesterday’s winner. .

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