Best Cross-Training Activities for Runners

Cross-training to a runner can often mean anything but running. But if you’re aiming for a new personal record, the activities you choose should be performed to enhance your running.

Cross-training is a key component to any training plan, used to maintain aerobic endurance and stamina while giving your legs a break. While there isn’t a cross-training activity that is an exact swap for running, there are several that come close.

Remember, cross training is an aid, not a replacement, to running. But we want it to provide benefits in the same way so you feel prepared when race day arrives. Here are the best cross-training activities to add to your training plan.

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Beth Shaw

Beth Shaw is a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and a US Masters Swimming Certified Coach who has completed numerous marathons, road races and an Ironman triathlon. Beth writes a fitness blog called Discombobulated Running and has contributed to Women's Running. She also coaches runners to reach their athletic goals. You can follow her on Twitter.

Beth Shaw is a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and a US Masters Swimming Certified Coach who has completed numerous marathons, road races and an Ironman triathlon. Beth writes a fitness blog called Discombobulated Running and has contributed to Women's Running. She also coaches runners to reach their athletic goals. You can follow her on Twitter.

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