Okay, I couldn’t resist the ‘base’ quip in the title of this post. That song has just about had its final day…and now it’s stuck in your head. Sorry ’bout that.
At any rate, it’s Tuesday! Hooray! Why the excitement you ask? I honestly have no specific reason other than I am alive and well. And I had a great eight mile run this morning. Windy, but warmer. I just kept repeating to myself, “Be one with the wind”. HA!
Today’s Tips and Tricks Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of my running brain this morning. As many of you may know, if you’ve been following my #MotivateMe Mondays, I am currently building my mileage back up before I begin marathon training in January. It also gives me a great incentive to keep active during the holidays. So while on my run this morning I kept reminding myself to slow down and enjoy the ride. Then it made think, maybe I should tell you too. For my blogging friends, do you come up with blog posts while running? Someone should invent an app that records your thoughts while running so you don’t forget your great epiphany of thought.
A few key points to remember when base building:
- Slow your roll runna! This is the time for building endurance and cardio strength. Most runs should be ran easy. You will have plenty of time, like 16-18 weeks depending, of hard training. Don’t burn yourself out before you begin.
- Enjoy the run! This is a good time to fall back in love with running. Training can become burdensome with needing to hit certain paces or distances.
- Build running friendships. This is also an opportune time to log casual miles with friends. During training we tend to get so wrapped up in specific running workouts we forget to enjoy our BRFs (best running friends).
- If you’re feeling speedy don’t hesitate to add a few pick-ups in the middle of the week. This way when you do begin training hard, your body isn’t too shocked.
- Add miles gradually. DO NOT go from 15 miles a week to 50 overnight. Bad idea my friends.
- Listen to your body. Push your limits, but wisely. If you feel pain, attend to it immediately. The last thing you want is to wind up injured before you even initiate marathon training.
- Remember the trails! Softer surfaces are easier on your joints for longer miles. Just be mindful of the roots. If you trip, that’s not too gentle on your joints…
- Don’t forget other complimentary activities to keep you strong and healthy like;
- Remember why you run the marathon. Keep your eye on the prize and allow your body the time it needs to adjust to the added mileage.
Some great links to get you started:
Motivating Blog Posts on Staying Active this time of year:
Do you focus on building a base before marathon training? Do you follow the 10% rule? How many miles do you average when building base and then, during marathon training? Are you currently training, building, or resting this season?
Blessed & Beautiful Running.
**Disclosure: I am in no way certified (yet) to give you medical, athletic, or training advice. These are only tips and tricks that I have found to work for me. And I simply want to encourage you! So when you get out there to run, run wisely! Consult your personal physician or coach for any concerns! MmmK?**