Runners run. They don’t Zumba. (Ok maybe some of us do…)
As part of my post-marathon recovery, I indulge in classes (spin, Bikram yoga, Crossfit, and yes, Zumba) that I don’t normally have the time for while working and running insane high mileage. I find it’s a great way to cross-train during the cold New England winter months.
I also like trying new things. And? It’s fun. Oh I’m still running quite a bit, but not exclusively. I think of this time post-marathon as my Reboot. It’s my Control-Alt-Delete. A reset button of sorts. Recharge. Refresh. Reboot. I’ve got to say, I really enjoy it.
I love running. I also have a passion for cycling. (And before anyone asks, “Swim?” No. Way. I’m a cannonballer, not a swimmer. Not my gig. Hate it.) But here’s the thing- I want to continue to love running and cycling which is why I take a brief step back from them occasionally. Believe me, take a Zumba class with your Latina friend and you’ll realize you’d rather be running hill repeats (Let’s see her perfectly shake her ass to that!). I’ll take a 110 mile ride in the dead heat and humidity of August over a Crossfit WOD. (Crossfit is NO JOKE. Talk about finding out what you’re made of. Yowch.) And Bikram yoga? It ain’t easy (But boy do I love it and feel amazing when I’m done). Crossfit, Bikram, Zumba- they all wind up helping with my running, not hurting it. They’re a welcome “distraction” if you will, from marathon training. And if my arms are leaner and I feel more centered then all the better!
Control. Alt. Delete. I feel recharged already…..