Although some of us may still be bundling up for our mid-afternoon runs, there’s finally a light, or shall we say, sun, at the end of the tunnel.
With spring just around the corner, it’s time we prepare to soak in some much needed vitamin D and focus all of our efforts on a new race season.
Whether you’ve been braving the cold with outdoor runs, hibernating indoors on your trusty treadmill, or made the executive decision to take some time off throughout the winter, we must face the fact that with every change of season, comes unexpected challenges. Rather than struggle through the seasonal changes, make your transition easy and smooth with the following helpful tips.
1. Splurge on New Runners. Whether you’ve been pounding the pavement with speciality winter running shoes, or wearing through your soles against the belt of your treadmill, welcome the new season with a new pair of runners. The winter season can take a toll on your shoes, therefore start off fresh with a new pair that can see you right through your prime race season. Visit your local running store for a proper assessment to find the right shoes for both your feet, as well as your stride.
2. Avoid Injuries. The transition from winter to spring running presents not only a change in temperature, but a change in environment as well. With the increase in frequency and intensity of outdoor training sessions, your body will experience greater impact and thus become much more susceptible to injuries. In order to avoid these unwelcomed nuisances, begin slowly and on level terrain until your body gets accustomed to the changes. Some pre and post-run stretching never hurts either.
3. Track Your Training: In order to keep yourself motivated, set a goal at the beginning of the season and stick to it. Go the extra mile, literally, by creating a training schedule that can help you track your progress and achieve your goal by a desired time. There are a number of useful apps that offer great run trackers, as well as various pre-determined programs that can keep you on track to achieving your goal.
Spring is mere days away, so welcome the new season without hesitation, but instead, with attainable goals, injury-free and a new pair of flashy kicks.
Wile E. Cayote ain’t got nothin’ on you.