As we countdown to marathon season, it’s important to train smarter, not necessarily harder.
Spring has officially sprung and with the running season and some big events just around the corner, it’s time to get into tip top running shape.
Just do it
Nike was onto something when they coined the phrase ‘just do it’. As the sun begins to peek through the clouds and the temperature rises, it’s the perfect time to lace up your sneakers and pound the pavement.
Look after yourself
You may have been exercising through the colder months, but preparing for a marathon is a whole different kettle of fish.
As you start the build phase of your training there are some things to keep in mind to avoid injury.
Tip #1: Give yourself enough time to train
One of the fastest ways to injure yourself is rushing through your training and then into a race that you’re not ready for. Your body needs time to prepare. Of course, the amount of time you need will largely depend on how active you’ve been throughout winter. If you’re training for a specific event, check the organiser’s website for a stepped training program that will help you safely countdown to race day whatever level you’re at.
Tip #2: Ensure proper footwear
After countless runs around the block your shoes begin to wear through, reducing the cushioning and support they provide. Equally you don’t want to be lacing up a new pair of shoes on race day. A few weeks out from a running event still gives you time to train and get comfortable with a new pair of shoes. The wrong pair of shoes can cause a range of injuries from muscle problems to stress fractures, so it’s a good idea to get a new pair fitted properly.
Tip #3: Do more than just run
Training adequately means ensuring your whole body is prepared. Doing cross-training and strength-training exercises will improve your overall strength and also help your running technique. Hop on a cross-trainer, a bike or even jump in the pool to do some laps. The added benefit is that these give your legs a bit of a break as well.
Tip #4: Protect yourself
Warm up, cool down and ensure proper technique every time you train to help protect against injury. You may also want to consider looking at your insurance policies to protect yourself if you do get injured. Things such as income protection may be able to help ensure you’re protected in case an injury prevents you from working.
Be ready for spring, summer and the running season but remember to train smart.
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