To be a successful runner we’re told you have to do certain things to be in “running shape.” More than speed work, hill repeats and long runs, we have to cross train, lift weights, do yoga, strengthen our core, stretch and foam roll (to name a few). Essentially, in order to run we have to do six other things…and do them well. We can’t half-a** stretching or ignore cross training or we risk injury.
Being a perfect runner is a full-time job, hence why professional/elite runners exist. These people dedicate all of their time and energy into being the best runner possible. Their prime running shape relies on the successful completion of other fitness activities.
But what about the rest of us who aren’t professionals? What about those of us who like to run but enjoy other forms of exercise? Do we have to go all-in on something?
I’ve realized how hard it is to maintain a high level of fitness across the board. It’s pretty impossible to be in long-run shape, HIIT shape, yoga shape, spinning shape, lifting shape, etc. at the same time. Something’s gotta give. Actually, a few things have to give. One being my self-imposed expectations and comparisons to others.
I like to mix up my workouts because I enjoy doing different things. I could say I don’t run everyday to prevent injuries, but honestly, I don’t run everyday because I just don’t want to. I want to do those other activities like yoga, weights or *gasp* take a rest day.
Even though some
bloggers people are always training hardcore for a race or competition, they aren’t me. Low-intensity doesn’t make me less of a person. Plus, in real life, people don’t take exercise so seriously. At least not the people I associate with. Most people I know exercise the recommended 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. They aren’t killing themselves or their bodies to break records.
I’m not being paid to run a certain speed or cover a certain number of miles. I’m not being judged on how heavy I can lift or how flexible my hamstrings are (thank goodness on that one). Even if I had more time and motivation to do everything full-force I don’t think I’d want to. Physically, my body wouldn’t want to either.
I’m doing things in moderation…not feeling the need to perfect it all, and not comparing my journey with others. I think my body and mind are liking this relaxed approach.
How do you balance your workouts?
Do you favor one form of exercise over another?