So today begins training for a half marathon in New York in June. Mind you, I have only ever run this far once, and I was in high school. But I thought this would be a good personal goal to work towards.
It is so important to have a training plan for any type of physical goal you wish to attain. Even if it’s not a running race, it’s smart to set an end date so that you’re pushed to get there on time. So I have 10 weeks. I’ve been in good physical shape for the past 6 months, so I’m hoping that will help me as I begin to prepare for this journey. A few things I am keeping in my mind prior and during this process:
- Warm-up and stretch: I have extremely tight hamstrings, IT bands and piriformis muscles, so it’s highly important that I use a foam roller and loosen those babies up before I take off on the road/track.
- Hydrate: I’m usually pretty bad about water intake throughout the day. So this time I’m setting up reminders for myself throughout the day to drink more water. Especially as the weather has started to get hot and humid in Central Florida, this is crucial.
- Don’t ignore aches and pains that aren’t typical. I have been seeing a Physical Therapist at Hohman Rehab to keep up with deficits I’ve had, and so it’s important to make sure that I am getting feedback from them if something doesn’t feel right. Physical therapists hold doctorate degrees and are specialists with the musculoskeletal system. Although most insurances don’t pay for sports-related physical therapy, Hohman Rehab offers excellent sports packages.
- Allow your body rest time. Make sure you have at least one day of rest per week for your body to recharge.
- Massage! Getting a weekly massage during this extremely physical time can be extremely helpful for tight muscles, aches and pains, and even just to relax! Call our office to schedule with our fabulous massage therapists!
Holding yourself accountable is also really important to stay on track. Keeping a log of your runs helps maintain that high level of motivation to proceed. Also training with a partner, even if you’re not actually running together can be really motivating!