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Spinning for Runners – a guest post from Laura at Mommy, Run Fast
|July 11, 2012||Posted by Carrie under bloggers, guest bloggers, Running|
I’d love for you all to join me in welcoming my blogger friend Laura here for a guest post today. Laura is an inspiring mom and runner who also continually impresses me with her recipes. Laura has the most adorable daughter and I’m so glad she was able to share this post with all of you. Laura can be found in the social media world on her blog: Mommy, Run Fast or on Twitter: @MommyRunFaster. Thanks Laura!
Hello everyone! I’m so glad I can help Carrie out and share with you today. I’m Laura, and I blog at Mommy, Run Fast about balancing running, training, and healthy eating for the whole family.
I recently became certified to teach RPM spinning, as I’ve found that it is a fantastic cross training tool for runners. I wanted to share some of the benefits.
I started spinning consistently after my first marathon last spring. I had jumped back into long runs too quickly, resulting in an achy shin, and resorted to the bike for a few weeks of recovery time.
Initially, I was not impressed and was really missing the endorphin rush and good sweat from a nice run. But I eventually found instructors who really pushed me, and I began to work harder. I got to a point where I was consistently leaving class dripping wet and found my fitness improving (strength and pace).
RPM is one particular brand of cycling classes, although some of my favorite classes were free cycling… it really comes down to the instructor in most cases!
What I appreciate about RPM classes is that they emphasize interval training– hitting your peaks, then recovering so you can work hard again. When you’re working, you should REALLY be working… it’s only 45 minutes long, so the idea is to max out in those 45 minutes. Research continues to find that interval training is to be the best way to get fitter. And if you’re looking to burn calories, it revs your system and you continue burning calories for hours afterward.
After I returned to running, I found that I had not lost as much running fitness as I anticipated. I ran my first 5k on two weeks of training and felt much better than I expected to. Since then, I continued going to spinning classes twice a week and soon decided to get certified to teach.
Spinning can effectively strengthen the entire muscles of the leg, serving as a great compliment to running, especially if you live in a flat area (like me) and don’t get a lot of hill workouts in, or rarely take the time to strength train your legs. I credit spinning for powering me up the hills in Austin’s half marathon when I only trained on flat roads. I know that spinning has made me a more well-rounded athlete and a stronger runner.
Spinning can also replace one (or two ) easy runs per week and allow you to train harder without overtaxing your body with extra running miles. Run Less, Run Faster encourages spinning as the cross-training of choice for this reason, and I’ve found that spinning helps me keep my mileage lower while my body still benefits from extra cardiovascular training.
If you’ve never taken a spinning class, I wrote a post on the nuts and bolts of spinning for runners. And I’m always happy to answer any questions!
Do you spin or cross train?
Have you seen benefits in your running fitness from cross training?