Well, I saw it today…the dreaded "white stuff" – snow. I guess we must admit that winter is coming and get prepared. Winter is a great time to incorporate cross training. It allows your main running muscles to get a little break while other muscle groups build. Here's some alternatives to consider:
1. Swimming/pool running: Obviously you need access to an indoor pool, but it's a great cardiovascular workout without the pounding effects on the legs. Remember, if you're pool running, your heart rate will be approximately 10 percent lower than equivalent efforts on land due to the compression forces of the water.
2. Cross-country skiing: An all-body workout for upper/lower muscle groups. Quail Hollow and golf courses are great terrain to try when enough snow is in place. (Probably won't be long!)
3. Treadmill running: See previous blog.
Another reminder: If you are having any running injury issues, stop by Mercy Sports Medicine at Mercy Health Center of North Canton during one of our FREE running injury check-ups scheduled Friday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. No appointment needed.