HaIts Half-Marathon season and thousands will be running 13.1 miles in the next few months. Here are a few tips to make it the best run of the year!
Learn to run. I know this may sound stupid, but it's true. We all think we know how to run properly, but chances are we don't. Learning proper technique not only will reduce your risk of injury, but will increase your running efficiency and make you faster. Learning a proper "Pose Running" technique is the best gift you can give your running. You wouldn't try to swim a mile without learning proper technique. The same should go for running.
Train Intervals. Running is dominated by Long Slow Distance training plans. Although this method of long runs will get you to the finish line, running miles just to run miles will not make you faster and will increase your risk of injury. Decrease the distance of your runs and train using intervals. For example, instead of a 5 mile run, try running 3 miles with 3 minutes of hard running, followed by 2 minutes of easy running. Repeat that 5 minute interval until 3 miles is complete.
Prioritize 5 to 10 minutes for post workout mobility. Running is very demanding on your body. Take care of it by rolling and stretching for 5-10 minutes after your workouts and runs. Work on just one area for that entire time and move on to a new area next workout.
Don't just run. Running is great and pretty necessary to complete 13.1 miles. But, to reach your potential strength training is essential. Workout with High Intensity Interval Training to be time efficient and get the most out of every workout.
Focus. Running can be very therapeutic and allows you to free your mind. Although great for the mind, not focusing during your runs will not make you any faster. By concentrating on your workout, technique, and pushing your mind and body through barriers, you will become a better runner.
Have any more questions? Contact me today at AspireSportsLab.com or call 954-465-7839 to find our more ways to have the best race of your life!
Sean Spire is the Head Coach of ASL. He was a competitive swimmer turned runner turned triathlete. He has his BS in Exercise Science from Florida State University and is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA.