I’m back to join in with the Friday Five link up with Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?, Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run. This week’s topic is 5 Running Tips. Since I’m starting marathon training again, I thought focusing my tips specifically on marathon training would be perfect.
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- Find the right training plan for you.
Having a plan that fits you is important to the marathon training process. There are many plans out there, including plenty of great free ones. I’ve personally used the Novice 1 and Novice 2 plans from Hal Higdon. I’ve also heard good things about Train Like a Mother plans. Some races offer discounts on training plans or free plans that you can try.
Another option is to hire a running coach. You may be able to find one in your local area or can find one online that you can connect with via email, text and/or Skype.
Keep in mind with any training plan that you have already built a solid running base and that you don’t add mileage too quickly. That is a big contributor to injury.
2. Be consistent.
Make sure you’re training consistently throughout the months leading up to your race. Don’t blow it off and try to make up for lost time during the last few weeks.
However, if you have to miss a training run once in awhile it’s not the end of the world. Sometimes life gets in the way or sometimes you might need that extra rest day. Listen to your body and make the best decision for you.
3. Find some running buddies.
Running with friends can be a great way to make training go by quicker and be more successful. Recruit a friend to join you in the race if you can. Then you have someone that you can keep accountable and who can also keep you accountable.
Can’t convince anyone to join in for the race? Invite them along for all or parts of your training runs. The runs range in distance from 3 miles to 20 miles or more. For my 20-miler back in April, I had two friends meet me for parts of it and it was great.
4. Plan accordingly for the weather.
Right now it’s really hot in many parts of the country. Keep that in mind. Schedule your runs for the morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Wear sunscreen. If you’re going on a longer run make sure you have hydration with you, have some stashed along your route, or plan a route that allows you to swing by your house or car for a quick drink break.
5. Change up your route.
Always finding yourself running the same loop or course? Change it up a bit. Fresh scenery can keep your mind occupied on both long and short runs. Not to mention it’s great to change up the terrain. When you run the same course over and over, your body adapts to it and it no longer challenges you. Even if you just reverse it, that’s a great way to surprise your muscles.
I know when it comes to my long runs, I try to map out a course that incorporates new parts of town and neighborhoods I haven’t explored. Again, the new sites and sounds often makes the miles and the time fly by. Before you know it, you’re done!
What other tips do you have for marathon training runs?