Cross Training and Active Recovery

I decided to take a week off after NFC trail marathon so I could start my training for Wineglass Marathon this week on fresh legs.  I still did some cross training but did absolutely NO running for 7 days.  The first couple of days I felt a bit antsy, but ended up finding some other fun workouts to keep me moving.  I did my burpees for my “June burpee” challenge every day, did some core work, a kettle bell work out, and even got in my first swim in years!



A quick summary of my “Rest” Week Workouts:

  • Monday-17 x burpees
  • Tuesday– 50 minutes spinner, ab ripper X, 18 x burpees
  • Wednesday-2 mile swim, 19 x burpees
  • Thursday-20 x burpees
  • Friday– 30 min stairclimber (2.82 miles), 21 x burpees, KB Workout (3 x 15 of each: KB Swings, Goblet Squats, Russian Twist)
  • Saturday- Ab Ripper X, 22 x burpees
  • Sunday-23 x burpees


I enjoyed my cross training last week, especially my swim!  I had this totally impulsive urge to go for a swim after work, so I threw on my bathing suit, grabbed my stuff, and headed to the aquatic center 15 minutes from my house.  I planned on swimming 1 mile then calling it a day.  But by some serendipitous coincidence, the masters swim team was just starting their practice when I arrived at the pool.  After talking to the coaches, they agreed to let me have a 2 week free trial to decide if I wanted to join.

They gave me some great tips/pointers…my rusting is VERY rusty and my form was a little whacky.  They got me straight on freestyle and after about 30 minutes of focusing on “reaching forward” and “finishing my stroke”, I felt like a fish back in water, and was reminded of why the pool used to be my happy place!  I wasn’t breaking any records, it took me about an hour and a half to complete the 3200 meter workout, but it honestly felt great! I am hoping to find time to fit a couple of swims a week into my fitness routine.

I so relate to Dory!

I so relate to Dory!


My Kettle Bell Exercises :

I totally love the quick, dynamic, total body workouts I can get with my 20 lb kettle bell!

KB Swing

KB Swing

Goblet Squat

Goblet Squat

Russian Twist

Russian Twist


I’ve started week one of training for WG.  The first week starts out pretty easy, but that’s a good thing since I am traveling for work.  I have a lot of work travel scheduled for the summer (7 weeks between now and labor day on the road) so I am a little anxious about how it will affect the consistency and quality of my training.  My next post will include tips on staying on track with workouts and diet while traveling.  Staying on top of training while on the road is a challenge, that’s for sure!!

How much time do you usually take off of running after a marathon?  What are your favorite workouts/activities for “active recovery”?  Any tips for staying on training while traveling?  



7 thoughts on “Cross Training and Active Recovery

  1. Those workouts sound great! I guess one thing I do a lot when I’m taking it easy is hiking, though sometimes that ends up being more of a workout than I bargained for!

    • I love hiking! And I know what you mean….I’ve done a lot of “easy” workouts that ended up kicking my butt! For example, Yoga….I totally underestimated it before giving it a shot for the first time! I hope you’re getting lots of opportunities for hiking this summer! 🙂

  2. Great job! I haaaaate burpees and can never do more than two or three without getting super mad at them and quitting!! I am trying to throw more cross training into my summer routine too…I am going to get my bike fixed so I can start riding it again!!:)

    • Haha – thank you! I hate burpees too but they are getting less unfun every time I do them! I am always trying to get more cross training in…it can be a challenge with such limited time to work out and wanting to dedicate most of that time for running. 😉

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