I had three days of climbing this weekend. It felt good to get back to it after so little this year. From a runner's perspective it was also good to engage in something that worked my body in a different way. By the end of the weekend I was bruised, battered and exhausted; we'd had a great time!
As the week wore on though I noticed that the niggly aches and pains from the last few months of running were gone. Climbing is a great exercise - it works the whole body and makes you move in every possible plane of motion. Weekly yoga also helps maintain a bit of balance.
Jason Fitzgerald's recent post on Strength Running (my current favourite running blog) suggests there are 5 main components of fitness:
It doesn't have to be climbing but some "other" exercise will prevent imbalances which can lead to injury and make you a better runner in the longer term.
Now need to work out how to fit in running, climbing, family life and work!