February has been a focus on increasing my miles and cross-training more to stay healthy. I’ve been incorporating different things into my schedule to accomplish this and the results have been pleasing.
First off, I have struggled with being in a gym to run more now that my roads have ice, snow, or the rain that never stops. I’ve been using YouTube Videos to distract me on the treadmill because my brain wants to turn every treadmill run into high-intensity running. The environment isn’t stimulating and watching the 6:00 PM news or ESPN isn’t motivating. A 5 mile run on Friday felt good but challenging. Changing running locations can help keep it fresh and this is what I did for my Sunday run.
I’m watching the runner’s knee symptoms which popped up after I started running 10 milers. I added strength training exercises but I have most enjoyed challenging myself with TRX assisted single leg squats, Bulgarian split squats, and pull-ups. I’ve thrown in days of biking for cross-training as well. It’s my intent on staying healthy through the spring running season. I REALLY don’t want an injury to sideline me from the Pittsburgh Marathon.
I also picked up new shoes. Others have raved about the Nike Pegasus 35 but I honestly haven’t fit well into Nike’s historically. I sized up a half size and these are really nice running shoes. After I start running, I don’t even feel them on my feet. They provide enough room for my toes to expand as opposed to other shoes that keep my toes crammed together. I didn’t get an under-supported or over supported feeling. Just a great daily trainer. Here it is blending in with the locker room floor carpet design like, “Chuck, is that you over there, it’s me!”
Here’s to another week of training towards Pittsburgh. I plan to get back outside ASAP but also not forget about my newly formed cross-training habits. I already feel stronger and that is beneficial to my overall longevity in running.