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Preparing for a summer of running

Posted May 23 2011 11:14am

For some reason March to June always go so quickly, it is like the lost months of the year.  Why can’t December to February go as quickly?!?! If you can believe it, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend and many of you will be traveling to visit with family and friends and possibly running a race.  I’ll be off to West Virginia to visit with my 96+ year old grandparents, walking in a 5k since I am still in injury recovery mode.

If you have not started to prepare for summer training, the time is now to start planning. With Memorial Day in front of us, we should be looking at our race scheudle and starting to plan how our training will progress throughout the month of June.  Those running a Fall marathon will need to focus on building their base since July and August will be the start of the marathon training schedule.  Don’t be nervous or scared of the marathon training schedule, embrace it and own it.  Take one day at a time and for now until the end of June that means increasing mileage by 10% each week and incorporating some other form of cross training and yoga.

Overall strength and flexibility will be vital to saying healthy as the miles build over the summer.  Find a yoga class at your gym or a local studio and block that day off each week as necessary workout.  Also, find time to incorporate push-ups and sit-ups into your daily routine.  Just gaining a little flexibility and strength will help keep your body feeling good over the next 20+ weeks.

It is not too late to sign up for a summer half or fall full marathon.  Use the nice weather as motivation to commit to a distance you have not run in the past.  Seek out the help of other runners to craft a training/running plan that fits your schedule, lifestyle and goals.  Use others a resource to help keep yourself motivated during the tough times and accountable. It may seem daunting to balance training during the summer, but from experience it is all about having a plan and sticking to it.

If you are looking for a Chicago marathon training program, check out a printable package here which contains coaching, training and 14 week schedule details.

The time is now, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the road to your running goals!

What are you doing to prepare for the summer running months? Do you have a full on the fall calendar, if so when will you start training? What motivates you to keep running the hectic summer months?

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