I may be a mixed breed runner (short and long distance lover) but I am PURE RUNNER. I don’t dabble in other things in any way other than for recreation with my family or something that directly improves my running. I was born to run – I know it and I love it. So in the busy life of mummyhood getting on my bike has been far from a priority. If I had a spare moment I would rather squeeze in another run. Today I got on my bike for the first time in 12 months.
This morning Big A and I were spoiled with some “us time” while Little A went and hang out with Granny. Hands down our favourite thing to do with such time is to go and have a lazy big breakfast. Big A will ride his bike and I will run (usually with the stroller) to one of our favourite eateries but this morning I decided since I didn’t have Little A I should take this opportunity to get on my bike.
I’m so glad I did for so many reasons…
1.By getting on a bike I realised just how much my fitness had improved. We cycled to our usual breakkie place in a record time and I wasn’t even working for it. The consistent small gains when running make it hard to appreciate how far you have come. Getting on a bike after nearly 7 months back of consistent running showed much more dramatic results
2. I remembered how much I love x-training. Getting a great cardiovascular and leg workout without the impact of running… Not a bad deal getting the benefits of the session and the “rest”.
3. Little A has been SUPER SAD with new teeth pushing through and it was nice to know that if need be I could get to him twice as fast than if I were running. Yes this Mama suffers separation anxiety at times! Meanwhile he has a blast with Granny and doesn’t even notice that I’m not there!!!
Unless we invest in a little wagon or baby seat for the bike getting on the bikes probably wont be a regular gig for some years yet. All the same, today I was reminded of the wonderful world of fitness that exists outside of running (that can also benefit my running). So in the future when the opportunity presents itself I will happily trade a run for a x-training session.
Do you x-train? If so what is your favourite? Deep water running and spin classes for me!
Are you a pure runner or do you dabble in other things? Tris? Body Sculpting?