If you've never run a race before—whether it's a 5K, 10K, or full-on marathon—it can be intimidating. It can also be really hard to know where to start.
Maybe you're following a training plan or running a few times a week. If so, that's great! But did you know that there are plenty of ways to prepare for a race that have nothing to do with actually running? In fact, practicing other forms of exercise that don't involve pounding the pavement sometimes can be more beneficial to your training plan than actually running.
"In order to become stronger in any sport, cross-training is essential," Charlee Atkins, certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) and founder of Le Sweat tells mbg. "For a runner, cross-training should be geared toward working the muscles that running does not fully utilize. The desired result in cross-training is to strengthen the non-sport muscles for supplementing the chosen activity (aka running) as well as promoting balance within the body."
Here are seven ways to prepare for your race that have nothing to do with running: