Do not let the weather confuse you folks. Spring is here and that means it is time to start your spring training. Remember the dark nights when you looked into the mirror and said, “Enough. I’ll run tomorrow. I’ll start my diet tomorrow. I’ll lose weight tomorrow.” Well tomorrow is here and we are excited for you!
The Runner’s Edge is here to help motivate, inspire and (gently) nudge you. Deciding it is time to take action is the hard part. Starting is easier. Regardless of where you are at on your journey, we have some gentle reminders as you get back to it.
We like shoes. We really do, and you should to. The right shoe fits the shape of your foot, feels comfortable and supports your body upon impact (the force is 3-5 times your body weight!!). Evaluate your current training shoes. How old are they? Can you bend it in half? Can you wring it like a towel? Does all of you feel supported when you are standing in the shoes? If you are not sure, stop into The Runner’s Edge nearest you for a free professional fitting. Learning to run is hard enough. Your body will appreciate the right shoe as you add miles.
Choose a goal. Plans come easy. Planning is the hard part. It is easier to plan your training with a goal in mind. Pick a race and sign up today. Give yourself adequate time to train without injury. If you are new to 5K’s the recommended training time is at least 9 weeks.
Here are a few great 5K races coming up in June to look forward to:
North Shore Classic 5K & 13.1 Highland Park | June 3, 2018
Run for the Zoo 10k, 5k, kids run Chicago | June 3, 2018
Dash Around the Lake, Mundelein- Run at the exclusive Mundelein Seminary | June 9, 2018
Superhero Dash & Splash 5k Mount Prospect | June 16, 2018
Fun & Fit Family 5K – Lamb’s Farm in Libertyville | June 23, 2018
WITH A RACE IN MIND
Create a New Support System
Having one person you are accountable to is OK. However, these days you can create the positive support group you need. Find support on apps, live training groups or by following hashtags on Instagram of people working on a similar journey. Accountability doesn’t have to be your mom or significant partner anymore. Strava
Write Your Own Training Plan
The key difference between a rigid and flexible plan is finding one that fits your lifestyle best. Some people need an all-or-nothing plan. Others thrive off of the ability to change the prescribed workouts accordingly. Following someone else’s training plan is helpful or you can also use a few as templates to create your own. Who knows what you have time for better than you do? Just make sure you incorporate stretching, strength training and cross training which can be as simple as walking for an hour.
Take ownership of your actions by writing your goal onto paper. Post it. Think of a place you look everyday or perhaps in a place that triggers self-doubt; like a fridge or shoe rack. What is it for you?
What kind of goals are you making for yourself? Let us know! Share a photo with us on Instagram or Facebook.