Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It takes more than just running to run

For once (in my life) I'm formulating a game plan (that lasts longer than 24 hours) in order to improve my running. I'm still learning to balance this whole "working full time" thing vs "I want to run strong in half marathons" thing. I guess that's the life of a grown up?

So what does a girl do when she wants to stay accountable? She announces to the world wide web her plans of course! I'm going to discipline myself to strength train and stretch appropriately in order to lessen the likelihood of injury because we all know injury is the worst thing on the planet.

Since I lack on excess free time nowadays I need to get the most out of my workouts. I've found what works best for me is running three days a week. One of those runs being a long run which I usually do on the weekend. I also want to incorporate daily planks and hip stretches. I really like this article for hip stretching and stabilizer strength training ideas.

Last, but definitely not least, I need to drink water like its my job. (Wouldn't that be nice!) I used to be the queen of water consumption but I've totally let it slip. I feel such a drastic improvement in my energy levels and run quality when I am well hydrated.

I know it's a simple game plan for now but I'm okay with that because once I get into the habit of these behaviors it will become second nature and the rest will start to fall in place. Then I can be more specific with my goals and working out on a consistent schedule won't seem like a chore, it will be a reflex.

What are some of your favorite stretches?

Do you run with a game plan?

PS, What do you think about when you run?

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