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 🙂