A little less than two weeks ago I raced my first stand alone half marathon. The first time I had raced 13.1 miles without first swimming and cycling beforehand. There was a lot I learned both during that race, as well as in the lead up to that race. The majority of that came from my first training block based solely on running power. Here’s what I learned: Continue reading
The day we’ve been looking forward to has finally come! Yes, Thanksgiving day! And what does that mean? Yes, turkey… stuffing… football… but more importantly, RACE DAY! That early morning Turkey Trot is calling your name! Here’s how to make the most of the day you’ve been training for.
Here we are… one week out from our Turkey Trot! So in this, the 5th installment of our 5K Beginner’s Guide, we’re going to talk about recovery.
Recovery is always important. Recovery between workouts is when you actually get stronger… not during the workouts. If you have been using my 6 week 5K plan, I mentioned this briefly there.
Now that we are getting closer to race day, it’s time to back off a little and focus on being fully recovered for race day! Here’s 4 of my top recovery techniques!
Alright, you’ve started your running and you are getting into some good shape for your first 5k. You are warming up and cooling down to make sure you don’t get injured, but have you checked your shoes?
This is one of those things beginners usually overlook. They decided to get in shape and sign up for the Turkey Trot, go to their closet and dust off those 5 year old trainers they have been using for everything from mowing the grass to walking the dog. They smell bad and they look sorry. This is just setting them up for an injury.
You may be asking why you need to get good running shoes (I mean, they cost so much right?) But trust me, they make a world of difference. Good shoes are literally the platform for your running. They support your feet. They protect your feet, ankles and knees from all the pounding. They even help keep your whole body aligned as your take each step.
So how do you know if you need new shoes? Here’s a couple points to consider:
This is the second post in our 5K Beginner’s Series! Each Monday for 6 weeks we will be looking at different topics to help you get ready for your first (or next) 5K. These will also go right along with our 6 week 5K training plan.
If you haven’t gotten that yet, I encourage you to get it now! If you started that plan last week you should be right on track to have a great race for a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! If you are a little behind, that’s ok! Go get that plan and start at the beginning. If you skip a week, skip week 5 so you can gradually build up. You will also want to take a look at post 1 in this series on the importance of a warm up.
This is the first post in our 5K Beginner’s Series! Each Monday for the next 6 weeks we will be looking at different topics to help you get ready for your first (or next) 5K. These will also go right along with our 6 week 5K training plan.
If you haven’t gotten that yet, I encourage you to get it now! If you start that plan today you will be right on track to have a great race for a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!
Warm Up: Why?
Today I want to tackle the idea of warming up and cooling down for each workout. If you are following the plan, I didn’t write out a specific procedure, but told you to spend 5 minutes getting your muscles loose and your blood flowing. This part of each workout is important few a few reasons.
It’s that time of year again!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many of us, even those who may not run very much throughout the year, we are signing up for our local Turkey Trot!