By Kat Greene

Running season is in full swing. Atlanta is a town that loves a race – we have hundreds of them each year, from the local school 5K to the big-budget half marathon. Atlanta’s hills and beautiful scenery make it a fun place to run, even if you’re just getting started.

Since a couple of recent runs were held in the cold – the Intown 10K an Chattahoochee Road Runners 5K and 10K were run on mornings when flurries fluttered down – using cross training can help get your body for runs in the spring and beyond.

Cross training your body gives it the strength it needs to rebound quickly between runs, whether you’re just starting out in your running career or preparing for your tenth marathon.

Here are some great options for your between-run workouts:

  • Take a class. The core-centered classes, such as Bar Method, FlyBarre, Pilates and Zumba, are great ways to build strength and get you moving in new directions. And I swear by anything involving plyometrics, also known as jump training. It teaches you how to land safely.
  • Lift weights. Focus on muscle groups that support you when you run. Pay special attention to your glutes, shoulders, and core. Wall sits, single-leg deadlifts and shoulder flys are your friends.
  • Yoga. Think yoga class is just a bunch of skinny ladies lying around, stretching? Think again. Yoga will work all the muscle groups you need to stay fast and strong, while helping you realign anything that’s gotten out of whack from years of running or even just sitting at a desk or in front of the TV. Plus, it’ll keep you loose until the next time you hit the roads or trails.

Kat Greene is a long-distance runner and yoga teacher. She teaches Run Club and the lunchtime Hour of Power classes at Tough Love Yoga in Candler Park. 1530 Dekalb Ave, Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30307.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.