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Thursday, March 19, 2009

TIART: Spring Training Tips

This week's Take it and Run Thursday is about Spring Training Tips.  So, here are mine.

  • If you haven't been running in the off season, take it slow getting back into it.  
  • If you've been running on the treadmill exclusively, start with one outdoor run for a couple of weeks, then increase it to two and then three, etc.
  • Pick a race!  Start planning the rest of your year and it will help you get back out there.  It's great to have goals.
  • Sign up with a training group.  I would  not be where I am today if it were not for my friends that I run with. I can't imagine running without them.
  • Go slower than you think you can on your long runs.  Even if you have been doing tons of cross training and short runs in your off season, that doesn't mean that you can suddenly go out and push both pace and distance at the same time.  I've seen so many folks go out and run the first race of the year TOO FAST - they set a PR and did great, but end up injured then or soon after, and that is the only race they run that year.

That's about it.  Honestly, my "off season" isn't all that much different from the rest of the year, except that I run shorter and make decisions on my own rather than with a group.

6 comments:

raulgonemobile said...

Found you through TIaRT.. Good tips, I need to go figure out a race plan myself.

X-Country2 said...

Found you through TIaRT too.

I'm running with a group for the first time tonight, so I hope to love it as much as you.

merrymishaps said...

Sounds about right :)
I'm kind of glad I run year-round and don't have to start over in the spring!

Where in MD are you? Maybe I'll see you at a race sometime soon!

Kim said...

I'm in Carroll County and run in Northern Baltimore County usually... I'm originally from Annapolis though! :)

Rachel said...

I love that our "group" runs year round. Starting over in the spring is tough. Have you picked a fall marathon yet? Or are you saving yourself for Disney? (And forgive me, I'm catching up on your blogs so I may have missed the announcement :) See you soon!
Rachel

Kim said...

I'm running the Philly Distance Run. No fall marathon for me.

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