A few tips from me based on mistakes I’ve already made:
💡Don’t forget strength training! Strength training is the thing that helping me with not only endurance, but speed too. The stronger your body is the more efficiently it works as a whole unit. And a strong core will help you maintain good posture, while strong hip flexors help you keep form and endurance when you run. Strength training adds resiliency to your joints, connective tissue and muscles which helps prevent those nasty injuries runners get from repetitive motions.
💡Get a running plan that works for YOU and your lifestyle and prepare yourself for those races. Don’t commit to training for a half marathon if you don’t have the time to fit the training in for a half marathon. You run the risk of hurting yourself (which I did) and potentially disappointing yourself (which I did).
💡Don’t try to run a marathon if your still running in the back on 5k’s. This is just my opinion. You can’t expect yourself to be ready to run something you are nowhere near trained for. Even mentally if you are focusing too many steps ahead in your goals, you lose sight of the place you are actually at. And your training will falter.
And seriously, if you are training for a half marathon or marathon, get a training plan. And find a training team or get together with a running club. It will help you along the way. And they will keep you motivated when you reach lulls in your training, or are lacking motivation. I myself haven’t run even a half. But I know many who have. And you will go through highs and lows during training. The longer races require not only physical endurance but a lot of mental endurance, mental muscle and even emotional endurance.
💡Make sure you are fueling your body right. Just stop eating junk and eat clean, period. Hydration is CRUCIAL. If you plan to run longer races, research nutrition and half marathon/marathon training. Nutrient timing can also be important when you eat and run!
💡We need sleep and rest for muscles to recover and repair. Even when just exercising you need to give your body the time it needs to heal and repair itself. And sleep the night before your race event!! Find ways to calm your nerves the night before (no, don’t go drinking) and get a good nights sleep. Make bed time prep a thing. Plan out how and when in the hours before bed that you will get yourself relaxed and ready for a peaceful nights sleep.
💡I really can’t emphasize enough the power of not only doing things with a group or team, but also sharing what you do with others. It helps keep you motivated and honest in your training and helps inspire others to achieve what maybe they thought was impossible. Be a lighthouse for others and share your journey!
💡Good gear. And I’m not just talking fashion here. Although, for some looking good out there boosts them up and in turn helps them run faster. Let’s talk about your shoes though. It’s recommended; switching your shoes every 300-500 miles, and having at least 2 pairs for training. Compression pants, sleeves and socks all are super helpful to recovery. And foam rollers, you scoff, but they are amazing for helping your muscles recover. Plus there are a bazillion apps, watches and heart monitors out there. Hubby and I both use Garmin Vivoactive HR. We’ve been using Garmin for a while and not too long ago upgraded to the Vivoactive HR to get out of a chest strap. We both love it. My biggest complaint is, it’s kind of bigger ?? for a woman’s wrist. Well I myself really would prefer a slimmer look anyway. BUT it works beautifully!
💡With any fitness routine, program or run training you need to learn to listen to your body. You might get all super pumped and motivated, but you shouldn’t skip a rest day. And if your feeling sick, give yourself a break. You have to trust the process and that includes healing processes. Don’t try to run on an injury! You are human, not a machine.
💡Believe you can. The power of positive thought isn’t just personal development mumbo jumbo. Positive thinking keeps your mood elevated and when your mood is elevated you tend to stay on top of your game. Visualizing your goals helps you keep focus on your destination and helps you alleviate your anxiety about getting there.
💡Make sure a race is legit. From time to time scammers make fake races to steal your money and then close websites down while they happily run with your cash. This is another area that if you are new to the running world, a local running club, running shoe store, or running trainer will know more first hand about.
💡Don’t forget to enjoy the heck out of yourself. Both in training and on race day. You have to enjoy what your doing, or what’s the point? You trained hard for this day, love it to pieces!!!