Cross Training during Marathon Training

Sunday Tips from MHRC: Get the most from your run by cross training right!

We're all about being the best runner you can be. Cross training is considered to be one of the best ways (when done right) to make you a stronger runner.

Cross-training is often misunderstood. Mixing it up is NOT cross-training. Strength training is NOT cross-training. Spinning is NOT cross training. And, sorry yogis, yoga is NOT cross-training either.

You should still do these activities for your health and fitness, but let's not call it "cross-training" because technically, it's not.

In order to cross-train properly as runners, we benefit the most from cardio-focused modalities that stress the cardio-respiratory system in a similar fashion to running. The best activities to support your run are listed below.

  • Stair climbing
  • Elliptical
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Deep water running

Lucky you! You can work on your running game even when you're not running if you follow these tips!