Cross Training

I have been doing my fair share of cross training recently, so I thought I would come here to share the cross training I have been digging recently. I was starting to do it every now and then before my stupid bike crash earlier in the week – but it’s really all I’ve been able to do since then, because my hip was not about to let me go running :( I am thinking about giving it a try about I hit publisher on this post, but to be completely honest taking a little time off has felt really nice. Too bad the steeplechase is now in officially less than 2 weeks :/

1. Yoga

  • I’ve been getting to a yoga class about once a week recently, not really on purpose it’s just been happening. Not only has it been great for loosening and stretching my tight, tight running muscles but I always wake up the next day with sore muscles in places that I usually don’t work out. I was a little nervous to go this past week because of how bad certain parts of my body hurt if I put weight on them but I was able to modify most of the moves. Unfortunately, anything kneeling hurt pretty bad, I couldn’t do forearm planks and I couldn’t do any move that required me to lay on my right side.
  • I went to a class on Friday which was called “Detox to Retox” which was a hot power vinyasa class and everyone goes out for a drink afterwards (to ‘retox’). My kind of yoga :) Anyway, it was the first class where I really didn’t like the teacher. She was super frustrating and myself not being a big ‘yogi’ I didn’t know what she was talking about half of the time. Luckily I was in a mood where I could have cared less if I looked stupid, because I think I was doing my own thing majority of the time.

2. Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred

  • I started doing this last week as an easy way to add a little extra workout into my day. The videos are only about 25 minutes long, so it’s really easy to do right when you wake up. For me personally, working out my arms is something that I need to work on and this video does just that. I’m only using 2.5lb weights because it’s all I have right now but I still got really tired during the reps.

3. Mountain Biking

  • I don’t think it’s any secret around here that I love to mountain bike. The good thing about that is it has a lot of fitness benefits.
    • You end up with stronger, lean and toned legs from climbing
    • You gain a lot of stamina and endurance
    • You aren’t just working out your legs, you use your arms and shoulders as well. Your upper body takes a lot of the hits when you’re going over rocks, etc. but they also have to work on turns, features, and all of those fun things that pop up on the trail.
    • If you ride often, the leg, hip, butt, and thigh muscles with strengthen while turns around and helps out on your knee and hip joints. <– which is great for runners!
    • It’s addicting and so much fun!

4. Body Pump

  • I know that everyone is talking about body pump these days, and we all know I love a good bandwagon, so I decided to look into jumping on this one as well. I haven’t actually taken a class yet, but I did finally find a close-ish gym that offers the class. I knew there were not going to be any gyms in Park City that offered it (it’s hard to find anything up there, it sucks) but luckily the closest gym in SLC does – about 20 minutes from my house. That’d be an easy Saturday/Sunday morning drive and class to take. So I am excited!

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A few random things from this weekend:

The prettiest margarita I’ve ever ordered

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Whaaat?! This is genius.

photo 2 (31)Ehhh, no thanks Whole Foods – but I get where you’re going with this.

photo 3 (24)THIS happened in Salt Lake City yesterday, yes please!!

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I Jinxed It…

Well, I came here all excited and braggy about my mountain bike crash and apparently I jinxed it. I guess I decided I needed to one up myself the next day because holy moly, I did. I think it’s safe to say mistake number 1 was running up Jupiter Peak before the bike ride, but I’ll get to that later. Mistake number 2 was speeding through a trail and thinking I could turn around to tell Aleck something without clipping my pedal on a rock and rolling down the rock side of a mountain. I, obviously, didn’t roll down the entire thing but just enough to hit every bone in my body on a rock on the way down. To say it hurt would be an understatement, I don’t remember anything hurting this bad in a very long time.  picstitch (4)The one on the left looks no where near as bad as it does in person…which is unfortunate. Because I feel prettyyyy hardcore. My first little mountain bike crash was nothing compared to this. But, I’m alive and nothing was wrong with my bike so all in all, it worked out just fine. Except for the fact that running is currently out of the picture for me so that sucks. I’m on the prowl for some replacement cardio activities and I’ll be comin’ at ya quick with a post on that fun.

This was how I spent the rest of my evening after the fall…both of my knees slammed onto rocks and they hurt oh so bad.

photo 3 (23)I was, however, able to get this nice little sunset shot while we were on the way back down. I don’t hate it!

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BUT! Back to running to Jupiter Peak! I knew I was going mountain biking after the running, so I didn’t want to make it too strenuous a run that I wouldn’t enjoy myself while biking. So I decided to run Jupiter Peak backwards so I could summit the peak and check out the top half of the race without the 5 miles that it takes to get up there. I’ve always been told that at the top it is more of a scramble than a run, and that is very true. It felt like the climb was straight up and even walking it was burning my calves. Sooo next week I plan to run the full course and hopefully I’ll be ready! …as ready as I can be.

Top of Jupiter Peak!

Top of Jupiter Peak!

I definitely have a lot of work to do if I plan to complete the steeplechase in just 2 short weeks, so now is not really the time for me to be taking a break from training. I feel like every blog/person I talk to recently has had to take to pool running for one reason or another. I may partake in that activity, but I’m out to find something different that I can do as well. I know you’re super excited, so stay tuned!