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Cross-Training Update: Walking, Calisthenics, Yoga, Jump Rope…

In my enthusiasm to post running updates on the site, I’ve been neglecting to document my walking-only workouts, and other forms of exercise.

Being a working drummer, I consider exercise a part of the winning ingredients to becoming successful. Drumming is a very physical instrument, and after attending several drum clinics, I’ve always been told that aerobics and other workouts are essential to success when it comes to drumming.

So, I have been going for short walks between runs, and I’ve been doing things like skip rope, push ups, sit ups, and even some Yoga to keep the muscles stretched and as limber as possible. In fact, doing these simple exercises are in keeping with my frugal philosophy to workout for FREE!

The Importance of Cross-Training

Nowadays, cross-training is an important term for athletes and those wanting to avoid injuries from repetitive exercises like running. And especially running, with all the pounding on the pavement, running 50 plus miles a week can take its toll on the human body.

A training program that promotes alternating between running and other forms of exercise will do the following:

  • 1) Work different groups of muscles.
  • 2) Give certain groups of muscles a much needed rest, and recovery time from hard workouts.
  • 3) Teach the body to become “fluent” and well-rounded by doing other forms of exercise and activity.
  • 4) Help prevent repetitive stress injuries.
  • 5) Utilize as many muscle fibers as possible to burn off more fat, and achieve well-rounded conditioning.

. . . .

After my Sunday run (just before Super Bowl XLV), I walked a 2.2 mile course around my neighborhood the next day on Monday.

I’ve been reading about the benefits of hill-training when it comes to training for a marathon or any race for that matter. So, I just headed out the door and walked a circular course that was pretty much all hills. Maybe later on down the line I’ll run it, but walking those hills is good enough as a recover workout after a hard run.

On Tuesday, I jumped rope 100 times, did a few exercises like sit ups and push ups. Not too many, about 2 sets of 20 repetitions. And did some light gardening, which I would consider moderate exercise.

So, it was two days of lighter activity prior to my run around the lake yesterday. And this is what I plan on doing until I can be satisfied with a higher level of conditioning and when my running improves more that I can take it to the next level.

For me, this will have to be a phase of building a solid base of running… before starting on my actual training program for my first marathon.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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