I’ve been super “excitedly busy” (as my friend, Ali, says) lately. I have approximately 5 very grown-up things on my plate that require most of my attention (and money) of late. Blogging, not so high on that list. Sorry.
Thankfully, runmuting is still going strong, as the blasted heat that is a New York City Summer hasn’t quite hit us yet. I’ve had to reverse my decision to run Napa to Sonoma with Team Challenge, a choice that makes me very sad but had to be done. Instead, I’ll still be training for the Rock ‘n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon in October and running the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 Miler in July. I’ll probably sprinkle some other local runs in along the way…maybe some stroller-friendly ones???
I get lots of questions about training for races from people who don’t want to run to train for them. They want to spin, CrossFit, swim, or do some other form of cross-training to substitute for actual running. I’m not even talking about training exclusively on a treadmill, but actually NOT running for the majority of the training, or for key workouts.
Here’s the deal, science tells us that if you want to get good at something, you have to do THAT something a lot. (See: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers) Yes, cross-training and other athletic endeavors can help to improve your overall fitness which, for someone who isn’t a well-trained runner, might help get you to the finish line.
It all depends on your goals. But, here’s the cold, hard truth about any sport, especially running:
If you want to run your very best race and achieve your highest potential as a runner, you have to RUN. Plain and simple.
Lift weights for strength, cycle your training seasons, vary your running workouts, respect the rest days, cross-train more in the off-season…YES, YES, YES, YES! BUT you have to run.
It’s entirely your choice to substitute (injuries being the exception to this and just about every other rule) workouts and be ok with the results at the end of the day, but if you really want to reach your maximum potential as a runner, there’s nothing like the real thing, baby.
Now go out and run!