THE 2017 RUNNING SEASON IS UNDERWAY – HERE’S HOW TO GET READY FOR IT
Wasn’t that a long winter?
Thankfully, the April showers have cleared the trails, the flowers are in bloom and the running groups in Vancouver are out in force! As the running community mobilizes, here are some tips to get a quick start off the line this season. They are going to come fast and furious, so let’s go!
INVEST IN PROPER FOOTWEAR
The earlier you find the right footwear, the better. Now is the time to get those shoes broken in before the spring and summer races heat up. Ideally, you want to get about 20 to 30 km’s worth of short runs in before using the shoes in long race.
It’s a long season – don’t shorten it with an injury. Once the ice and mud begin to clear from the trails, it’s tempting to go all out. Take your time. Slowly build the momentum so you are peaking mid-season and not burning out too soon.
Not everyone enjoys running just for the sake of running. Sometimes it’s helpful to have something to shoot for. If you are training for a half marathon, that can be a great goal! However, if you are not the competitive type, training against yourself is the way to go. Try and set a goal to beat your 5km or 10km times over the next several weeks.
KEEP IT FRESH
The same old run around the block can get a little dry after some time. Varying the distances, type of terrain, and routes you train on can keep the momentum building and make things exciting as you push through your training regime.
A healthy range of motion is the most effective defense against muscle strains and
tears. Even if you are not injury prone, expanding the range of motion will help you build strength through a greater part of your stride. FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY is a great option for increasing mobility, and reducing your chances of a running injury this season.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Running without water is like running and engine without oil. Something is going to break! Water keeps your body temperature in a healthy range and keeps your joints moving freely.
There are tons of tips for running, but these are just a few reminders as you begin to gear up for the warmer season. Keeping these points in mind will help you progress in your running while reducing your chance of injury!