As the days are getting longer and we are getting over one of the coldest winters in history, everyone is itching for the weather to finally break. We’ve been cramped up inside for way to long.
In the same way that we tune-up our lawnmowers to get them ready before the first grass cutting we should also consider a tune-up for our spring running to make sure we have everything in line for a safe and successful season. Whether you’ve been running inside all winter, toughed it out through the harsh winter months outside, or haven’t ran since the Crim, here is a checklist of five things to be aware of for our running tune-up this spring.
1. Schedule Races
Start working towards a goal from the start by planning your races out for several months in advance. Not only will you be able to get the early pricing for the races but having a set schedule in place will keep these races a priority that other events will need to work around, as well as keep you motivated and on your training plan throughout the season.
2. Interval Training
If you haven’t ran since last year you can’t pick up where you left off. Even if you have been running on a treadmill for the last few months, unless you worked out on a significant incline you will not be running as fast as outside as you were on the treadmill. Whichever camp you fall in, interval training is a good way to get back into running outside safely, running for a minute followed by a minute walk, and increasing the running time as your training progresses.
3. Recover Properly
Your rest and recovery after training is key to your success and health. Compression gear will help to increase the blood flow to speed recovery, as well as a good intake of protein to help repair muscles. Lack of attention to recovery can cost you down the road, so don’t overlook this important step.
The majority of injuries and foot and leg pain in caused by wearing old shoes, so it is best to do a spring cleaning of your old shoes. They may look good on the outside but the midsoles of shoes will harden over time making them uncomfortable for your feet. Before your feet feel the pain get a good pair of running shoes that are fit to your feet to perform at your peak level.
5. Race Bag, Gear, and Tech Wear
Pull out your race bag and make sure you have everything that you need for training and races such as deodorant, anti-chafe cream, extra shoe laces, and nutrition supplements. Make sure your GPS running watch is working fine and that you also have the proper tech wear to keep you dry and comfortable during training and races.
Spending a little time on this checklist will ensure you are getting a good tune-up for spring running and increase the likelihood of a fun, successful, and injury free season!