.Road Race Variety.
Training for a road race? Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear about your success! While you prepare, here are three thoughts on variation to improve your training plan.
- Make sure your plan includes more than just running. A well-rounded athlete is the one that will get across the finish line healthier! Building up the stamina to run it important, but if you’re only running, that repetitive motion will start to break your body down. If you get injured before your race date, then what was all that work for? In your fitness plan, make sure to mix it up at least once a week. Try a class at your local gym, go dancing, try kickboxing, CrossFit, spin class, swimming class, pilots, or anything that will get your body moving in a different way.
- Make sure your running with a purpose. If you plan is only increasing miles each week, it may get you the distance, but it won’t give you the best race come race day. Simply increasing your distance each day encourages you to keep the same or slower pace each week. So how do you add distance without losing speed? Variety! Leave 1 to 2 workouts a week focused on distance and 1 focused on mixing it up. The easiest option is to choose a shorter distance to run and focus on moving faster. Some other great and very effective options include intervals. Choose a classic run walk interval or a fartlek. One added benefit to intervals is that it increases your stamina more than just running the same pace.
- Where are you training? Make sure to mix this up too! If you Hill is always at mile 2, you will get accustomed to it, and on race day, if the big hill is at mile 10, it could feel completely different. Change your route as often as you can. Simply changing the direction of your normal loop will drastically change your running experience. Have fun with it, drive to different trails and parks and enjoy the scenery while you train!
Most important, have fun! Good luck and please let us know how it goes!