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Dancing & Running


My cardio stinks. Like, I can’t even get through our one recital dance without feeling like death, stinks. So the answer to my problem?? Running. Now I know people have always had mixed reviews on running and dancing. In fact, I came across this article today on Dance Advantage concerning just this topic. I’ve always dabbled in the running world, but never really stuck with it. Well this time things are different. I’ve already signed up for my first 5k in May and I’m hoping to do at least one more before summer is over. I have even been doing my running outside in the cold. Like 25 degrees cold. I know now that if I can get my butt outside now when it’s this cold and crappy out, come spring I will be ready to go and loving it! I commented on the above mentioned article about my thoughts on running. This is how I look at at. I’m not a professional dancer nor will I ever be. I take 6 hours of ballet/pointe a week and it’s just not enough for my cardio. If I run in moderation, I won’t be contradicting my ballet training. Moderation to me is running a 5k. The farthest I would ever train to run while also doing ballet? Probably a half marathon. And that’s only because I’m not a professional dancer. I can take more of a risk because my career won’t take a hit if my hips gets a little tighter.

So far I am really enjoying running. I encourage you to start a little running too! If you’re looking for a cardio boost to help you with your stamina in ballet, then I highly recommend running. Even if you can only run for 5 minutes. It will help.

The husband even let me buy some cool running gear for the cold. I got new pants and a few shirts to help insulate me and keep me warm while I run outside. Fun stuff!!

Do any if you run? Do you run and do ballet? I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts on this 🙂


5 thoughts on “Dancing & Running

  1. I do some running at my local gym’s track! It’s somewhat fun, lol!

    Oh, my new top 13 list is up, in case you haven’t seen it!

  2. I started running last year while I was really training hard to ballet excitement, and even participated in the Vancouver Sun Run last April, but I’ve been living in St. John’s, Newfondland since late August and my motivation to get outside and run kind of ran away as soon as the snow hit. That was November, and the snow hasn’t stopped coming yet! I haven’t seen a full-width cleared sidewalk since then. Here’s hoping I get back into running when I go home for the summer in April!

  3. I used to run. After reading this post, I’m thinking it might be time to get back into it. You’ve inspired me!

  4. I tried the running thing. Not for me. I have things that jiggle too much to run further than the mailbox. I recently started taking Zumba regularly. THAT is a cardio workout. It also doesn’t hurt my knees! I love it and go twice a week but I DO need my inhaler. I make it through though!!

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