Mix up your training

It is that time of year when runners are out training for upcoming races.  With the many 1/2 marathons, marathons, 5Ks and more to choose from,  training can get boring.  Mix it up and enjoy your training experience! 

Tips to keep you fired up while you train.

  • Set goals for training and for the race.  Goals will help keep you motivated and moving.  Aim for setting weekly goals and reward yourself when you achieve them.
  • Pick a training program that works for you.  There are many out there, but make sure you don’t push yourself too hard-especially if it is your first race.  Find a program that works with your schedule, and that you enjoy.
  • Prevent injuries. It is important to work on prevention of injuries from the first day you begin training.  Stretch, strength train, don’t push yourself too hard and exercise in proper shoes.  If you are in pain, ease up on the training so it doesn’t get worse.  (for more on proper running shoes see Athletic Shoes)
  • Cross-train every week.  This means doing an activity that isn’t running or walking. Swim, take a class, lift weights.  These workouts will help your body recover and improve your overall fitness by providing variety.
  • Eat right! If you don’t add proper fuel to your body while you are training, you are negating the effects.  Eat a balance of carbs, protein and fats each day.  Start feeling out what works for your body before and after a run so you know what to eat the day of and before the race.
  • Have fun!  Training is supposed to be fun, not a chore or another job.   It is normal to have off/bad days, but keep a positive attitude and enjoy the training experience!

Do you have training tips to share? 

Check in next week for a Chicagoan’s account of training for her first 1/2 marathon

Sources: InformIT, Mayo Clinic

 

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