/ Free cross training for a runner
Obviously there's things like swimming and gym weigh training but they both cost money. I've seen those free gyms in parks but they always seem full when I want to use one. My current bike isn't really up to much other than a mile or so to run errands. Am in the process of replacing it.
Until then any ideas?
I'd go with biking.. any old bike..
But i'd not cross train unless doing decent mileage or injury concerns dictated.
Not ideal for you of course, but I found XC skiing a great, non-impact cross-training exercise this winter.
As was mentioned, if you're already doing the running, complement with plyometrics/body weight exercises to build core strength. Pilates?
I don't have a gym nearby, and its still to snowy for biking (but not enough for XC skiing) so do a few pull ups on a bar at home, and core stength exercises.
OP has already decided not to use their current bike so I didn't see the point in suggesting that.
Bodyeweight exercises are free and compliment running (also free) nicely I think.
A bad bike still gets you losing weight, strengthens legs.
Simplest way to raise V02 max is drop weight...
Check out rosstraining, loads of ideas. His Never Gymless book is great (but obviously isn't free).
Loads of stuff on the website is free though.
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