5 SIMPLE RULES TO RUN/WALK BY
Here we are at week 9 in your training, more than half-way there, and you’ve done an amazing job. You are feeling more confident, stronger, improving each week and are ready to take on the world! Right?!? Now, you must be thinking, “what can I do to solidify my training?” Be consistent! Consistency is an essential piece in all types of training, and with consistency and dedication you can achieve anything. Below are five simple ways to help you be consistent with your training.
Step 1- Run/Walk with Others
You are already doing one of the key things to help you stay dedicated to your training – you are training with Fleet Feet Sports! Knowing that someone else (or many others!) is waiting for you and holding you accountable, is keeping you moving. Running/walking is easier, safer, and more challenging with others. You’ll get support and make new friends. Plus, doing this together is way more fun than a long run/walk or speed work all alone.
Step 2 – Eat Healthy
Eating healthy, especially at breakfast, is what fuels you for the day. Skimping on breakfast is like running your car with no fuel, it doesn’t work. You need that fuel to feed your muscles so that they will perform when you need them to. If you can’t eat a full breakfast, take small protein and carbohydrate balanced snacks with you to eat throughout the day. These small snacks will prevent you from feeling sluggish, and energize your for your day’s work out.
Step 3 – Keep a training log
Keeping a training log is a great source of motivation. It can reveal the secrets to a great run/walk, provide insights on your nutritional plan and habits, monitor your health and make you more aware of where you are and where you are destined to be in your training. It can also help you keep track of mileage on running shoes so you need when to replace them before your knees start bugging you!
Step 4 – Good Posture
Not just while you are running, but all of the time, especially for those of you with desk jobs, staring off into the abyss of spreadsheets day in and day out. Make sure that you are sitting up straight yet comfortably in your chair. Be sure that your keyboard and monitor are at a good distance so that you are not straining your shoulders and neck. Proper ergonomics states that everything should be at a 90 degree angle from your elbows, hips and knees. By maintaining good posture at all times you can improve your running/walking economy and reduce injury.
Step 5 – Schedule your Run/Walk
You make appointments for your doctor, kids, pets and your car, but the most important appointment you make should be the one with yourself. Stay focused and remind yourself why you do this, and how much running/walking has done for you and your health.