If you're dealing with a running injury, or simply recovering from a big race effort, cross-training can be your friend. Adding non-running aerobic alternatives to your routine allows you to retain cardiovascular fitness by while giving your muscles, ligaments, and bones time to recover.
Some popular cross-training options include:
With regular cross training, you can maintain your cardiovascular fitness. Most speed workouts, like tempo runs, hills, fartlek, and intervals, can be replicated, too. You might be off the roads, but you're not out of the game.
John Honerkamp has coached runners of all ages and abilities for 15 years. He was an assistant coach at St. John's University (Queens, NY) for five years, working with mid- and long-distance runners, and was the recruiting coordinator for all events. A 1998 graduate of St. John's, Honerkamp was an eight-time All-Big East and six-time All-East (IC4A) athlete while running for the Red Storm.