25 Jun '12, 10pm

Q: How much cross-training is best for half-marathon runners? A: #runningtips

I’ve been a recreational runner for about a year, and built up a solid base to start training for a half-marathon. I have access to a pool and a stationary bike and enjoy both activities for cross training. Is it best to stick to one cross training activity or do both? If alternating is better, how often should I be switching between the two? Thanks! Emily Emily- What a great question! Good for you for taking the time to build a solid running base and for cross training. To date, I am not aware of any research indicating that it's best to stick to only one type of cross training activity; however, developing some level of proficiency in your cross training sport is necessary for an effective workout. For that reason, I suggest you target one activity as your primary method of cross training, but don't totally eliminate the other. Both swimming and cycling offer multiple be...

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