Friday Five! Favorite Fitness Activities

Thanks to the warm welcome and encouragement of local blogger Cynthia, I’m joining this week’s Friday Five linkup, hosted by

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC
Mar at Mar on the Run

(see their sites for more info & links to other participating blogs)

The topic is “favorite fitness activities.”

#1

Running Of course. DH suggested I just list my five fave types of runs, but I thought I’d stick with the intent of the topic.

running shoes

Brooks Adrenaline 13s w/ orthotics

#2

Hiking – preferably in Sedona

view from Bell Rock in Sedona

view from Bell Rock in Sedona

or Phoenix/Scottsdale,

view from hike in Phoenix area

view from hike in Phoenix area

but local hikes are nice too

water view from hike in Great Falls Park

water view from hike in Great Falls Park

# 3

Walking

Out and about through our neighborhood, or near the water, or anywhere there are things to look at and places to stop. My training does tend to curtail our walks on the weekends though. Now that it’s light longer after work, we may go for after-dinner walks. However, DH is an after-work runner, and there’s always a lot to get done between dinner and bed, so it doesn’t always happen.

#4

Yoga

I practice at home, if you can call it a practice since it’s nowhere near a regular thing. I use Sage Rountree’s podcasts, books and her DVD (Athlete’s Guide to Yoga). I’d love to sign up for YogaVibes, where she streams classes and adds a new class (videotaped in her studio in NC) every couple of weeks. I’m a huge fan of Sage’s and have been fortunate enough to take class from her in person twice. This is definitely something I want to get back to, and Sage’s approach of using yoga to support athletic endeavors works great for me. Being a runner, ultrarunner, triathlete and coach as well as yogi, she’s very knowledgeable about the limitations that running (or cycling or swimming) create in the athlete’s body and how that affects yoga poses. She’s great at suggesting modifications and reminding students to be aware of what they need and what works for them, and not to push unnecessarily.

#5

Pool running/swimming

I started pool running after an injury last August (inflammation in the sheaths of extensor tendon on my left foot) as it was the only thing I could do that didn’t hurt. It’s possible to maintain fitness with pool running (think intervals) and you can do long run equivalents as well. I got up to 2.5 hours aided by a waterproof iPod case and headphones to listen to my trusty podcasts. I’m very lucky that I live 10-15 minutes from two community pools that have small areas set aside for such activities, have pretty good hours and aren’t expensive. (all the gear I bought did add up!) I have a few links that might be helpful to anyone wanting/needing to pool run and am happy to share them & any info/experience I have, so let me know if you are interested. I will also say that pool running is great for flushing soreness out of legs after long runs, if schedule permits, or as a cross-training activity. The water pressure is a bit like compression, and the temperature helps too.

my pool running float belt

my pool running float belt

Eventually I started doing a little swimming, but swimming has always been a very tiring activity for me – sport specific fitness is no joke!  But my chiropractor says it’s great for V02max, so helpful for runners. I’d like to do more easy swimming on cross-training days if I can find the time. The logistics of getting it done in the morning before heading to the office make it so much easier to hop on my bike on the trainer for cross-training. Perhaps in the summer getting to the pool will be more appealing.

Bonus favorite fitness activities:

Reading about running, writing training plans, reading running blogs, sites and tweets after my long runs! I do this with my legs elevated on a chaise lounge on our front porch, bought specifically for that purpose or in one of our recliners inside if the weather’s uncooperative. I think of this as an important part of my recovery (grin) and I really look forward to it.

chaise lounge on front porch

chaise lounge on front porch

These aren’t necessarily favorites to do, but favorites in effect:

    • Wharton flexibility routines (and I’d like to start his strength routines, especially for the feet and lower legs)
    • Strength exercises rx’d by my chiropractor – I get a kick out of being able to do these well, and the results have been fantastic AND quick. He’s promised me a whole new set of painful exercises to get me even stronger, as well as telling me to run steps and hills.
    • Roll Recovery, trigger point (which has helped me tremendously, I have almost all their products) and foam rolling (I have both the grid and grid 2.0) – hurts so good, sometimes feels good, and essential, especially for Masters runners! I can squeeze in Roll Recovery quickly while watching TV, trigger point and foam rolling require a bit more focused attention and more space. I also use my footrubz ball before every run, and will use a foot roller wheel in the evening while watching TV.
my yoga mats, Wharton rope, Roll Recovery, trigger point ball and rollers

my yoga mats, Wharton rope, Roll Recovery, trigger point ball and rollers

foot wheel & foot rubz ball

foot wheel & foot rubz ball

 

Thanks for reading! What are your favorite fitness activities? I’d love to hear from you – you can reach me via the comments section, Twitter or the contact me page on this site.