As the song goes “Summer runnin’ had me a blast, summer runnin’ had me so fast” (that’s how it goes, isn’t it?!)..We want to help you get prepped and ready for running this summer and with these tips and tricks, you’ll be having a blast and fast!
TIP 1: Choose your goal - what distance do you want to run?
Whether it be 5k, 10k or even a 42k marathon, you need to get clear on what milestone you’ll be setting your sights on. Once you’ve locked in your distance goal, you can choose from any number of running programs that will gradually and safely increase your mileage to meet your milestone. Bonus tip: pick a running event in your distance that coincides with the completion of your running program - what better way to celebrate success than to run in an actual event?!
TIP 2: Book your training sessions into your schedule.
This is critical - if you don’t book it, it won’t bear out! Just like you schedule your conference calls, doctor appointments and dinner dates - schedule in your training sessions and cross ‘em off when you do them. Even better, note down how you felt during your session so you can review and revise as needed. E.G if you’re always fried in your Friday morning sessions but motoring through your Monday lunchtimes, reading your notes will show you that shifting your Friday sessions to later in the day will take advantage of your midday energy burst.
TIP 3: Get the right gear.
Let’s face it, if you’re wearing an unsupportive bra, or you’ve not got a visor to shield you from the glare of the summer sun, the running you do won’t be as comfortable as it could be and you are more likely to flick off sessions. You want to set yourself up for success so you have the best chance of sticking to your plan and reaching your goal. So make sure you have appropriate shoes; a supportive sports bra; shorts/leggings that stay in place; a lightweight top that won’t bunch or otherwise bother you; a visor to keep your head cool while keeping the sun off your face and a running belt to keep your keys/key card/lip balm in while you’re out clocking up the kms.
TIP 4:Hydrate hydrate hydrate.
Running is thirsty work, so make sure you’re well hydrated at all times. You might like to run with an hydration pack, or run a route that has water bubblers along the way, especially if you’re heading out for a long run. Carry a drink bottle with you at all times and drink often to top up your tank.
TIP 5: Remember to strength train and to stretch!
Running is not just about getting out on the road and putting miles in your legs, it’s about specific strength training exercises and serious stretching so you can continue to “Run Forest run”. A good running program will incorporate both these elements so make sure you do all the sessions outlined in your program.
Author: Gabi Bruce, MB Team