- elliptical (which is okay but I don't like to do it very often and does not make me as happy as running, I prefer to save it for desperate situations like blizzards, thirty below zero, or hot weather. or when I am dealing with an injury)
- rowing machine (good cross training, but something I don't like to do more than 20 minutes or more than once a week)
- Cross training like yoga, and strength workout which I do anyway and are no replacement for running
I generally only run 4 days a week. It fits my schedule best and for the most part keeps me injury free so when I have a day off and there is a prospect of not being able to run I am not a happy girl.
Yesterday was cool and rainy, but thankfully not windy, once I got out running I wondered what had been my hold up waiting for the rain to stop. When I started running it was a light mist and varied during my run from misting to light drizzle, It was 48 degrees out and felt amazing.
I love the rain. I am a pluviophile. Rain makes me happy. It makes the world smell good, it makes the flowers bloom and the grasses grow. Of course being a farmer's daughter I know the value of rain however I don't always like to run in the rain if it is cold out, so I procrastinated most of the day about running.
The desire to get in a long run finally won out and I overdressed of course because I hate being cold. It didn't take me long to shed my rain jacket and gloves and love the run.
It's one of my favorite times of year, the world is turning green again. It feels like the green lasts such a short time I feel like I have to soak it in. I am constantly telling my kids to enjoy the beauty and aren't we lucky to live here.
I kicked up this little group of calves and this babysitter mama cow on my run.
One happy dog and one happy me!