Making the commitment to run a seasonal race, such as a Turkey Trot, is a great way to be more active and prioritize your health this holiday season. To safely prepare, keep these tips in mind as you complete your training:
Set a Goal
Establishing a race goal can help you stick to a training program and overcome challenges. It also improves motivation and feelings of accomplishment.
Your body must be fueled properly to perform at its best. Prioritize protein and carbohydrates such as whole grains, starchy vegetables, fruit and legumes. See the NOFFS Fueling Strategies for more information.
Find the Right Shoes
Select running shoes carefully and identify a pair that best suits your foot based on level of support. For help, try completing a gait analysis to better understand your needs.
Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night while training. Getting enough sleep is crucial for muscle recovery, can reduce the risk of injury and improve overall performance.
Consistency is Key
Commit to your training schedule and record your workouts. Consider using a smartwatch or other fitness tracking applications to keep track of the data.
Watch Your Step
Stay aware of your surroundings. Check for fallen leaves, uneven ground and other hazards that could lead to injury.
As daylight decreases, consider taking precautions when running outside. Examples include using reflective gear, wearing brightly colored clothing and bringing lighting equipment.
Listen to Your Body
If you’re feeling fatigued, adjust your workout or take a rest day. Recovery is an important part of the training process. For ideas, check out the NOFFS Regeneration Strategies.
Complement Your Runs
Consider adding other types of activity into your routine, like pillar and movement preparation, yoga or lifting weights. These activities build strength and increase flexibility.