I feel like Spring is just around the corner these past few days, call is wishful thinking or maybe it is just the warmer than usual January temps but I cannot almost feel it. Yes, I am saying that with 3 plus feet of snow outside. So sad… Anyways, with Spring brings races! And while I am still not running marathons for 2o13 I am going to run a few other races. My goal is 4-5 races in total, so about one a month during the running season around here. I won’t lie about my jealousy when it comes to seeing and reading about all these other people signing up for marathons (I am looking at you Leigh!) but at the same time I am excited for them. And I am also excited to share any tips or info I can with them. If you are one of these lucky people please feel free to email me, I will type your ear off 😉 What I decided to do instead was share my top running/training tips. They are very simple tips, nothing mind blowing but at the minimum a good reminder for us all.
Here are my top 5 running/training tips:
1- Make a plan that works for you but my suggestions are – run no more than 3 days a week. More than that equals burnout and you will soon not enjoy running. Cross-train one day a week, this will help keep your cardio up but be easier on your body versus running. Stretch always! Practicing yoga is a good way to accomplish this – I wish I had when I was training!
2- Refuel, refuel and refuel some more. After my struggles with HA I cannot say this enough. Eat MORE. haha. I did not do this and have more than learnt from my mistakes. But eat whole, clean foods, lots of veggies, fruits and protein. Eating lots is good for you, if you eat the right things.
3- Hydrate. This goes along with #2, and is so, so important. I learnt recently I was WAY under hydrating. I was drinking enough for my weight with no activity, let alone the 70km a week I was running. Dehydration can cause your body lots of harm. Also, make sure you keep those electrolytes up, there are many healthy powders you can buy to add into your water for this. Like this one from Vega.
4- Invest in good runners and talk to a professional to see what is best for you. Again, such a important component. Old shoes or shoes that are not right to you lead to injury, injury means you are stalled in training and might even miss you race. Do not cheap out on running shoes, they are worth every penny. I have paid as high as $180 for runners and do not regret it. Some favorites of mine in the past, Mizuno Wave Riders, Nike Frees and now Asics Nimbus runners.
5- If you are tired one day, take a break, maybe your body is trying to tell you something.You need recovery and rest days too. Don’t burn yourself out! I promise a few days or even more will not make a difference in the end, quality over quantity people!
Now moving on, last night we did a home workout. I decided to use my stairs as my cardio in between my sets and it worked great and kept my heart rate up! I am loving home workouts these days, so much more convenient. Now to bite the bullet and buy a tmill for my house! For supper I made a delicious salad from Iowa Girl Eats, Autumn Salmon Salad:
Today was a rest day since I had a meeting will just after 6pm, it was also a easy supper day – grilled cheese on pumpernickel break with avocado and smoke cheddar and roasted tomato soup. Such a comfort meal.
I am told our TV shows have started up again this week! Yay! I missed them. So lame, I know.
When is your next race?
What is your top running/race tip? Share!!