How to Easily Convert Run Training to Cross Training
One of the biggest mistakes people make when taking a period of rest from running due to injury is NOT cross-training.
With cycling, rowing, swimming, water running, or the elliptical, you can preserve a great deal of running fitness while at the same time letting the injury heal.
For runners on a training plan, the simplest method is to simply continue their plan or routine while converting running minutes to cross-training minutes.
Below is a sample running week.
M: EZ4 (miles)
T: EZ8 with strides
T: EZ3, MOD3, EZ2
F: EZ4 with strides
Now if you know your average training pace is roughly 9 minutes per mile, simply take 9 or 10 minutes for every mile and do that on the bike or the elliptical.
It would look like this, numbers slightly rounded:
M: EZ40 (minutes)
T: EZ80 minutes with accelerations
T: EZ30, MOD30, EZ20