My running buddy has been an avid cross trainer for years. Every week, unless scheduling conflicts arise, you can find her at several cross training classes at the gym ranging from spinning class to Pilates. Every since we started running together, she has been trying to get me to come to those classes with her.
In the past I had refused, partly because I lived on the other side of town and it wasn't convient to attend the same classes as her. And I was afraid to go to the class at my own gym by myself.
So I continued on for months and months without much cross training. Then with the wedding, I moved across town and became closer to the gym that my buddy attends but I still resisted attending the classes. She did not give up on me and continued to pressure me to come to the classes.
And then I was struck with this nagging knee pain and my weekly running was cut down and I wanted a way to stay in shape. I decided that maybe my running buddy was on to something and I should try out some of the cross training classes.
The first class I attended with her was Total Body Conditioning (TBC) and it was awesome. Except for the next morning when I was sore EVERYWHERE, but other than that it was so much fun!
Now I am addicted and plan my weeks around these classes. On Monday there is yoga, Wednesday there is spinning class, Thursday is TBC and Saturday is Pilates. A very full week but after just a few weeks of attending these classes I can already tell a difference. I am understanding how important these classes are to my running ability.
Looking back, I wish I hadn't been afraid to attend the classes alone. Sometimes I am just so afraid to do new things alone. Thank goodness my running buddy kept on me and finally persuaded me to go. Having a buddy to go to class with will definitely help me to stay with it even when the running mileage goes up!
Are you afraid to try new things alone? How much do you cross train a week?