Thursday, January 7, 2010

So. Very. Sore.

For one reason or another, I haven't run in few days. Take yesterday, for example. I figured I would run when Owen got home from work. But by the time I put Conal down for a nap, I was feeling sluggish and blah. I needed to do something. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to turn on the monitor in Conal's room so I couldn't run on the treadmill.

So, I hit up Exercise TV on Demand for a little workout. Or, in my case, a tough, butt-kicking workout!

Holy cannoli. I did a few different "shows" (I normally stick to The Shred but yesterday I shook it up) and they didn't feel too terribly tough when I was doing them but, today? Today I am sore. So. Very. Sore. My calves, hammies, butt, back, arms, core -- all sore. Sore in a good way, for sure, but sore nevertheless. The workouts kicked this runner's butt!

The workouts had a lot of lateral moves and a lot of jumping rope. Those two movements called some pretty sleepy muscles into action. Running doesn't involve very much lateral motion, afterall. And jumping? Not much of that in running either.

Anyway, I haven't run in a few days but I'm better off! Sounds weird but it is true. Whenever I get on a cross-training kick I feel like my running improves. Using those under-used muscles, and giving a break to the over-used ones, is a good thing!

So, need a break? Exercise TV on Demand really does have some effective programs to get you moving! Check it out, if you haven't already.

And . . . don't forget to check out my Smartwool giveaway, which ends tonight at 11:59pm EST! Go here to enter :-)

And one other thing! I wrote about the new Consumer Reports report on top treadmills here.

Well, that's it. Happy Thursday, everyone!

~ Felice

29 comments:

Katie said...

I love crosstraining! It works the body in a completely different way than running and, like you said, helps us to become better runners! The sore is worth it and lets you know you did a good job :) Happy Thursday!

Chic Runner said...

Crosstraining makes me crazy sore too, and then I can't run! ha ha, same boat, but I'm getting more and more used to it. Sometimes I watch the TV shows too and even those are a good workout. I never expected that! :)

Heather said...

I did a lot of jump roping on Tuesday night and it killed my calves!

Becca said...

Before I started running I used to love my Turbo Jam DVD's, but they've been neglected this past year. I'm gonna have to bust them out on my next xtrain day too!

Tricia said...

I try to throw in some dvds every once in awhile to shake things up. I'm always surprised how sore I am afterwards. Guess that means I should do them more often :)

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

just another example that we need to mix things up from time to time :)

Staci Dombroski said...

I love a good cross training workout! It always helps me with my running too. Trust me, I need all the help I can get :-)

Denise said...

You realized what muscles get neglected when you cross train after only running. That's why it's so important we do it.

Kenley said...

I am glad to hear that crosstraining with the tv program did you in. That is very good news, even though you are sore. I have done some crosstraining before, and that improved my running in every essence. Have a good one.

X-Country2 said...

I love that very very sore feeling.

christinaleigh said...

Using muscles in a way you haven't in a while probably. At least you know it did something for you! Better than a workout that leads you to question whether you got a workout!
Christina@vhttp://mommaof3ontherun.blogspot.com/

Diana said...

Thanks for the tips :) Will definately check it out!

Robert said...

I can totally relate to you about Exercise TV. I love their workouts and really enjoy "shred" as well. Sometimes you are totally fine and then next thing ya know, the next morning you are sooo tired.

Good work though. You might like this one: http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/cardio/bootcamp-calorie-burn-1434

onelittletrigirl said...

Cross training kicks my butt if I am away from it for any period of time! And things like shoveling snow kill me too!!!

joyRuN said...

Another runner mom in my neighborhood swears by Exercise TV! She was hobbling around the other day at parent pick-up because of one of those programs :)

Molly said...

I love exercise TV, do you have Sportskool too? That one is great too because they also do tutorials on different sports.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Everyone please do check ou ExerciseTV on demand or exercisetv.tv. They have really great FREE workout videos that are actually a workout! They get you moving and make you feel great!

Vern said...

In our love for running, we sometimes forget other workouts, but balanced training is so important! It helps us run better, and helps us avoid injuries!

MCM Mama said...

I'm going to have to try this thing called crosstraining one of these days LOL.

BTW, you should check out http://www.treadmilldoctor.com Excellent resource for treadmill reviews.

KBam said...

I went to the gym today and worked muscles I hadn't used in aaaages. I can't remember the last time I did an exercise that specifically worked my obliques. I'm anticipating pain tomorrow...

Meg Runs said...

That's pretty amazing that you were so sore. Your body must have been in shock! I hope you feel better as the weekend starts!

Rookie on the Run said...

I love that kind of being sore. I didn't know they had those types of workouts on On-Demand. I'll have to check that out!

Good for you for cross-training! Have a wonderful weekend!

D10 said...

Cross training is so important. Keep going with it. Have a great weekend.

Jocelyn said...

Great job crosstraining!!

J said...

I love that Exercise TV on demand! It is pretty cool! Hope you are feeling less sore today!

Quix said...

Yay for (good) soreness. My paces always improve when I take some time off running and really work on strength. I've never made such a performance jump as when I did the 30 day shred 5-6 days a week (though my poor body couldn't handle it for that long...).

Lara said...

Always a good reminder that cross-training actually IMPROVES running, even though you take a break from it. I did a yoga class today and my body feels SOOO much happier. I'm actually looking forward to my run tomorrow!!

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