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7+ Ways Cross Training Will Make You A Better, Stronger, Runner- Alan Webb, Darren Brown & Lynda Huey
Jul 15th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

I have been thinking for a while that it is time to change it up. I loved the idea of having panel of experts on at the same time, I just needed a topic that would allow it.

Recently on my personal blog, I wrote about why runners need to cross train, even if they are not injured, and it got me thinking about cross training more and more. Until recently I was scared to cross train, I thought I was too good to cross train, and I associated injury with cross training.

We hear the experts telling us how important it is, and even the womens soccer World Cup Champions were multi-sport athletes before they focused on Soccer (the article is below). So why do we as runners not want to listen?

If you are like me, your excuse was that you love running. You do not WANT to do other forms of exercise. However, now I am in a routine of doing it every week, I find I actually enjoy it. Hopefully by the end of this episode, you will be prepared to give it a try, and see the results for yourself, especially as we have given you different ways to do it, and you know you will be a stronger runner for it.

So why is this a special edition?

We have three guests for you; including one American Record Holder, two sub 4:00 milers, and one coach to Olympic athletes.

Today, my guests are:

Alan Webb

  • American National Record Holder in mile- 3:46:91, PRs of 1:43 800, 3:30 1500, 7:39 3k 13:10 5k
  • Represented US in 2004 summer Olympics in 1500
  • Now focusing on triathlon with goal of competing in Rio 2016.

Darren Brown

  • 3 time All-American
  • Sub 4:00 miler (3:58), first father son duo to accomplish
  • Won Inaugural Boston Road Mile
  • Coached wife Sarah to PRs in every distance, most recently 4:03 in 1500
  • Marketing Manager for EllipitGO, the worlds first elliptical bicycle

Lynda Huey

  • Founder of Hueys Athletic Network and CompletePT
  • Pioneered use of water rehabilitation with Olympic and professional athletes in the 1980s, athletes from all over the world
  • Written 5 books on water exercise

Today we are going to talk about:

  • Why cross training is no longer a dirty word,
    • You may not believe this, but you can actually have fun, especially on ElliptiGO
  • How cross training helped many of the best runners in the world run faster, even after injury
  • Why pool running is so effective, and how it prepares you for a race
  • How pool training can help you train harder more often without injury
  • Bonus Alan Webb shares his experience of day he broke the American record (3:46 in the mile)

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