So as I run more, and plan on longer runs and longer races I am reading that I need to start cross training.
I consider myself to be in pretty good shape...I can run pretty fast and a pretty good distance without getting out of breath, I run regularly each week, I eat good (90% of the time), etc, etc...I feel pretty confident in myself...until I try to do anything else physically.
For example...The other day we went to the Lampasas Free Flow Swimming Pool (Which is my favorite place to swim by the way! It's a spring fed COLD swimming pool that is so refreshing and uncrowded!) and I had this brilliant idea that I should swim 2 laps back and forth without stopping. I will say that this pool isn't a standard size and 2 laps was a pretty long distance, but 1/2 way in to the 1st lap my arms are BURNING and I am already breathing hard! Made me realize that I really need to 1) Start working my arms more 2) Start doing some other form of cardio exercise that works other parts of my body not just my legs.
I am not usually in to working out at home in front of the TV or going to the gym. I like being outside and breathing fresh air...but all I am reading lately is about how great this P90x program is. And how many different workouts they have, how they really push you, blah blah, but it for $120, blah blah, insert annoying promotion here ________.
Now one thing I will say is I am cheap...and I am not going to spend $120 on some workout DVD's! But I had a way around this and got them all for $15. So.....next week I will begin my cross training! Wish me luck, because 10 push ups push me to the limit and 2 laps in the pool made me sore the next day! I have a feeling these workouts are going to kick my a$$!
But if that's what I need to do to run a littler faster, and run a little farther I will do it because running is keeping me sane, it wakes me up in the morning, and makes me sleep better at night. And if I am going to attempt to race more races, and race longer distances, I might as well not only do it to the best of my ability, but I might as well give myself every advantage possible.