Some things I have found necessary to embrace cross training even though what I really want to be doing is running.
- Join the gym that is most convenient. There are about five gyms I can go to for free on the military base here. I don't live on base and that would require about a 20 minute drive. You know what is 5 minutes from my front door. Planet Fitness. Done. Make it easy. Once I realized free wasn't enough to motivate me, I decided paying dues was and there is really no excuse to not go.
- Create a plan. Much like it is easier to get out and run when you are following a plan. I used bodybuilding.com to find workouts. This works much better than just winging it.
- Be realistic. When I first got hurt I made all these big plans to get in the pool. I don't like swimming that much unless I am doing it with other people. I like it even less at 6 a.m. on my own. So instead I embraced the bike as my cardio option. The best kind of cardio is the kind you will actually do.
- Be consistent. Much like it took awhile for running to become a habit, cross training doesn't always stick on the first try. I like the reward system. If I stick to my cross training for the next three weeks I get a treat. New pair of running shorts, hat, whatever. The first week should be all about just getting it done. Getting used to a new routine. Instead of getting up for my run, I get up for the gym. This second week has felt better than the first and I am starting to enjoy it more. My hope is when I get back to running I can do better at incorporating cross training into my routine. Because that is how you stay injury free. You think I would learn some day....