While so many runners are just starting to train for their fall marathons and adding miles each week, I am enjoying not having a training plan right now. For me, summer is the time to be more casual about my running mileage and pace. I am on a mission to enjoy the myriad of cross training activities that summer offers.
Favorite Summer Cross Training Activities
Cycling has long been one of my favorite summer activities. I find it so much easier to tolerate the heat and humidity while whizzing around on my bike. I am able to go for a 2 hour ride without killing myself ha. I know I would not be able to run for two hours in the summer heat. Cycling also offers me an opportunity to explore new routes that would be too far to run to.
While I have not been swimming as much as I have in previous summers, getting into the pool post run is still one of my favorite ways to exercise. Our post run swims are the best!
Summer is the perfect time to work on some of your weaknesses in the gym. Another plus, the gym has air conditioning. Winning!
Stand up paddle boarding
This is my new favorite activity! There is something so peaceful about paddling on a quiet lake. I like the rhythm of the strokes and I can get into a zone. I recently signed up for a SUP triathlon in September so I expect to pack in a few more SUP sessions over the next few weeks.
Don’t worry this mother runner has not abandoned running. I am still keeping up my three times a week schedule but with shorter runs at a lower intensity. Long runs will be there for me with the cooler temps of fall. How about you? What summer cross training activities are you loving?