I haven't posted in ages, I thought I'm overdue for a summer update. I haven't been running as much lately, but it hasn't been all bad. I ran a 13k race in June and wound up with an overuse injury. After a couple of weeks mandatory rest ordered by the physiotherapist, I've been keeping my runs pretty short since July, nothing over about 6 k (though the forced rest made me a speed demon when I returned and I cracked several PBs). I've been doing a lot of hiking, as well as playing squash several weekends. I've also started to incorporate much needed weight training to build up my muscles. Ideally I'd like to add yoga back in as well.
The physiotherapist likes that I have an increase in variety of my sports now - it's much more balanced and I'm less prone to overuse of one particular joint/muscle. However I'm having a hard time fitting in a long run and building back up that precious distance that I so enjoyed. For a day or two after weights or squash my legs don't have the oomph to carry me through a longer run, and unfortunately I'm trying to fit a lot in on the weekends. Above all I want to avoid injury.
How do you folks schedule in your cross-training activities? I'd be interested to see how others are divvying up their time. I was trying to alternate a cardio (squash or running) with weights every other day, but I'm thinking I need to skip any leg-related weights for a couple days prior to a long run.
Unfortunately though I'd love to run today we are on high alert due to smoke in Washington state. It's amazing it's spread NE all the way to Calgary, Canada. The skies are gray and they're asking folks to avoid outdoor activities. Murphy's Law that it falls on a run day, I'd much rather skip a day at the gym.