Lately I’ve been curious about how much time professional runners focus on non-running fitness. While some people are avid gym-goers, others just run. For the past few months I’ve incorporated a lot of cross training and general strength into my training routine. This includes anything from the elliptical and bike to abs, push ups & anything that will get rid of (what I like to call) my second but. However, recently I’ve started doing P90X also (I just couldn’t resist after seeing users before and after pictures). It has made me realize how weak I am in basically every area besides cardio (even though I admit this one gets me too). This leads me to the question – is it best to be trained specifically for running or is it advantageous to be more well-rounded (or well-fit i should probably say)?
I would guess, on average the typical professional female runner training for races between 5 and 10k logs between 70 to 85 miles a week. I do 60 max. In an effort to level the playing field I’ve been trying to substitute my lack of mileage with cross training (elliptical, rollerblading, biking) and GS. But how much is too much? I used to think the more the better, the faster the better. Clearly that was naive and led to way too many stress fractures, so in my new, more mature (hopefully) state of mind I find myself questioning my antics. The past week I’ve felt tired and flat, so with my next race coming up I’ve decided to cut back on the non-running activities. However, for now I am going to leave this topic open-ended. I have a lot more research to do before I can come to a conclusion on what is best for me. Here is a link to the weight-related blogs of Ryan Hall (http://ryanhall.competitor.com/2010/11/23/weights-and-keeping-the-main-thing-the-main-thing/) & Lauren Fleshman (http://asklaurenfleshman.com/questions/2010/09/07/weight-training-for-cross-country/) for your reading pleasure!
“Cause I was staying home
When they was having fun
So please don’t be surprised when they announce that I won”