- Want to start running in the cold? Mentally prepare yourself and carefully plan your attire. It's better to over dress and consider how to adjust once your body warms up. Imagine running with what you plan to wear. Consider road conditions. Snow and slush covering the roads? Make sure you have gore-tex trail shoes and wool socks. Accounting for all of these factors will prevent you from feeling discouraged. It only takes one or two tries to master prepping for winter outdoor activities. Before you know it, you will relish the crisp air, holiday scenery, and winter serenity.
- If you are strength training, create a workout and then visualize your plan in action. Prepare for the unexpected. E.g. Someone is occupying equipment you need? Have an alternative ready. If you're feeling unusual strain in one part of your body, try a set of exercises to work another muscle group.
The best way to make the most out of a workout is by going in with a game plan (and a backup). For those of you who know me well recognize this fitness mantra of mine. You might be thinking, 'Okay, easy to say but harder to do'. Here are two ways that having a game plan and starting with a good mindset can help you complete a satisfying workout.
Here are some quick tips for any clients and teammates who plan on running Ragnar Adirondacks this weekend or similar 24 hour relay race.
1. Last long run. Today is the last day that you should run anything resembling a long run.
2. Last training run. Tomorrow should actually be your LAST run.
3. Test your gear! If you have a pair of running shoes that you haven't used in a while or a newish pair, take them out for a spin tonight and/or tomorrow. The same holds true for running apparel and gear.
4. Running in the fall can be cold and possibly wet so test run your waterproof jacket and tights. Gloves and a warm hat are a plus.
5. Tomorrow, you should cut down on carbs for two days.
6. Start picking your food to eat in between runs. It should digest quickly. Go light on foods that are high in fiber.
7. Make sure you pack protein. Everybody brings carbs and forgets the protein. It's a must if you want a decent 3rd leg.
More tips tomorrow!!