Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and that you’re enjoying July so far!
This week’s Tuesday Topic: What are your tips for a strong training cycle? You can write about this topic, or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
This topic seems perfect as many runners have already started training plans for their Fall half marathons and marathons. As I embark on training for my 4th marathon, here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way.
Have a plan, but be flexible
Of course it’s smart to have a plan to follow, but also know that it’s okay to deviate from the plan. Life happens, especially in the summer, so you have to be flexible. This could mean changing a long run to another day in the week to make sure you get it done, switching your strength training and running days, or skipping a run all together. Now that doesn’t mean you should skip runs all the time, but missing a shorter weekly run, once or twice, will not derail your training.
Embrace Rest Days
I can’t stress the importance of taking rest days during training! i like to take my rest days on Fridays since my long runs are typically on Saturdays, but do what works best for you. Training for a race is no joke – you’re logging lots of miles in addition to other workouts. Your body needs time to rest and repair. Also, you don’t want to overtrain because that is a surefire way to cause injury. Rest days are also a great time to do some extra foam rolling and stretching.
Hydration and Nutrition
It’s so important to be aware of your hydration and nutrition during training. Will you be prefect? Absolutely not, but at least being aware will help you to make smarter decisions. Making sure that you are hydrated is so important, especially since you’ll be training in warm weather. I always keep a reusable water bottle with me – at work, my car, my gym bag and at home – so that there’s no excuse for me not to drink water throughout the day. One tip – drink at least 16 ounces of water when you wake up. I usually drink this while I’m getting ready for work. It’s a good way to start off the day on a positive note. Regarding nutrition, I try to make sure that I get in a good amount of veggies and fruits. Smoothies are a great way to incorporate both of these things. I also don’t totally eliminate junk food or alcohol – if I do have either, it’s normally one day during the weekend.
Since you are training for weeks, you’re bound to have a few bad runs or workouts, and that’s OK! Instead of beating yourself up when that happens, celebrate all that you have accomplished during training. Also know that for every bad workout, a great workout is waiting just around the corner. I know that when I have a horrible, no-good run, my next long run always goes so well! Of course there’s no exact science for this, I can only speak from my personal experience 🙂
What are your tips for a strong training cycle?
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