Long-Distance Running Tips and Tricks
Dreaming of accomplishing that 5K this spring? Or maybe you’re shooting for finishing that marathon that’s been on your bucket list for years now.
Whatever your running goals are, we have a few tips and tricks that will make them all the more attainable this spring.
1. Run for time in the beginning rather than distance. The key to building endurance is not the distance you go, but how long you run. Beginner runners often feel a pressure to cover a distance in a certain amount of time, which may lead to disappointment and discouragement. A tip to staying with it is to run at your own pace and set time goals. Being consistent with this step will create more motivation to run longer distances, eventually obtaining your goals.
2. Include a rest day. Rest days are crucial, especially when first beginning your training process; they are imperative to keep from experiencing burnout. Another tip to make the most of your rest days is to include a strength training workout. This will make your resting time more effective, building up your strength and benefitting your runs.
3. Repeat days if you have to. Do not get discouraged by schedules. Sometimes people give up on training programs because they feel they can’t meet deadlines. We encourage you to repeat your mileage days as appropriate. Remember, it’s all about progress and not perfection!