Cross Training Workouts For Runners

Hello Hungry Readers! I’m excited to share that today’s post comes from fellow health and fitness blogger, Kaitlin Gardner. Kaitlin blogs at AnApplePerDay.com. She writes to further her passion for a family-friendly, green living lifestyle and she is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature and she is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life. Today on Hungry Runner she’s sharing some of her cross training tips for runner!

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-Cross Training Workouts For Runners-

You’ve been running for several years, and have decided to take it up a notch; maybe it’s time to train for a long-distance race? Yes, the eventual goal for most runners is to run a 10K, or a half or full marathon, but it won’t happen overnight, go slowly and train in stages. As you delve into the world of running more and more, you’ll start to hear a lot of talk about cross-training, and how it can help your running. So what is cross training, and how does it help?

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True Life: I Got Sick During Marathon Training


The aftermath of my failed 18-mile run.

Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting to get sick during marathon training, but it may partly be my own fault. Well, partly my own fault and partly the fault of the germ-y people I have to share the LIRR and subway with everyday.

On Friday at work I wasn’t really feeling like myself. I kept complaining about how stiff my neck felt to a co-worker and despite our office being pretty chilly, I was feeling warm. Other than that, in the general sense of the word, I did not feel sick at all.

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Exercising in the Morning: How to Get Your Butt Out of Bed

Since I’ve started commuting to work from Long Island, as part of my marathon training, three days a week I’ve been waking up to run at 5 a.m. Exercising in the morning: it isn’t always easy to get out of bed, but I never regret it when I do.

Everyone asks me, “How do you do it?” and sometimes I don’t really know the answer to that question. Sometimes it’s a simple as, I just do.

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Marathon Training: I Might Be Injured

First, let me apologize for my lack of blogging.

Turns out marathon training (plus working a full-time job, commuting four hours a day, traveling to Alaska and trying to have some semblance of a normal life) is a lot of work!

I’m not complaining, though. I knew it wouldn’t be easy when I signed up for this. (Insert motivational quote about how nothing worth doing is ever easy here.)

Anyway, let me get you up to speed on where I’m at. (If you follow me on Instagram—where I post most frequently—you may already be in the know.)

So, training has being going mostly well thus far.

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