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My suggestion is if you are not ready to run--start building a really solid walking/aerobic fitness base now. Walking is really the best cross training that you can do, but the elliptical would be fine as well.
As a new runner, you should not be running daily nor should you plan on doing any other activity on that day. Running is high-impact (even as you start out) and places a lot of stress on the joints, muscles, bones and connective tissue, so your recovery days in between your run days are critical...and by recovery I mean you don't have to sit on the couch but use this day as your cross training day.
I hope this helps!
Howdy howdy howdy!
I'm new to this group, so I hope I'm not asking a redundant question...
I have a 10k coming up in August (check out my fancy little ticker down below) and I plan to do the C210K training plan, which starts in... April. What can I say? I'm a planner :)
In the meantime, I thought I'd do some cross-training mixed in with walk-running (oh yeah, I can't run for more than two minutes). I realize I can't make too much progress when I only run one day a week, so now I'm doubling up exercise on multiple days. Run/walk for a half hour and then venture into the gym for something else.
My question is... what else should I do? I am doing a strength training class (Body Pump) once a week already. Should I continue on recumbent bike or elliptical.... or maybe swim after my treadmill excursion?
Do you guys typically dedicated your whole workout to running on run days or do you double up?
Thanks in advance for any wisdom you may impart!