You have done it! You signed up for your first Fun Run!
Planning a training schedule so you will make it with confidence and assurance through the distance is paramount. Here are 7 rules that the TB team follow and highly suggest to help you achieve your running goals.
E EASE in to it:
Start 2-3 months before your scheduled Fun Run by gradually strengthening and acclimatising yourself so you have a solid base to work from. Steadily increase this distance – week by week. If you go too hard too early you may spend the first few weeks injured. No need for early setbacks!
M MAKE a plan:
It is important that you be honest with yourself and start planning with your current fitness level in mind, building up slowly and allowing for recovery time, so that you are in proper shape, refreshed and ready on the starting line. Your training can include tempo runs, recovery runs and speed workouts. Adding variety to your training will not only ensure your training is robust & diverse but also helps you stay engaged along the journey.
B BUDDY up:
This can make all the difference to your training regime. A buddy and or training group ensures you are accountable & committed to the plan & can provide support for one other during those tough times.
R REST and RECOVERY:
Your body is designed to work, but it needs time to rebuild and repair. Don’t skip scheduled rest days and allow for extra days if your body tells you so. Also make sure you get enough quality sleep, 6-8 hours are recommended.
A ACCENTUATE Quality over Quantity:
Chances are you live a busy lifestyle. You have a family, job and other hobbies. You are not a professional athlete with a training team to monitor you, therefore it is up to you to ensure that the running you do has purpose such as tempo, recovery, speed, endurance and sometimes even just a fun run and not just “racking up the kilometers”.
C CROSS TRAIN:
Resistance and strength training will enhance your form and endurance. It will give you an all round strong body and core, plus keeping your mind interested and fresh. All the different strong muscle groups will help you stave off fatigue during your run. Cross training can include pilates classes, cycling, swimming, hiking or other cardio based activities that enhance aerobic fitness.
E EDUCATE yourself:
Research your race track, practice how, when and where you will run on your race day. Include in your training regime the time of day, terrain i.e hills and your fuel intake. Test your running gear like shirts and shorts, socks and SHOES, hats and glasses etc. and use what works for you.
Here we are: E . M . B . R . A . C . E
The task you set yourself!
Preparing for running a fun run is a great achievement and we would love to assist you working on this amazing goal. Book Now
By assessing your biomechanics and weaknesses we will be able to prevent any injuries and discomforts you may encounter on your journey … and remember have FUN !