Running is a sport of endurance. While time can be important if you are competing, remember that the most important thing is to make it to the end of your race. An injury not only puts you out of the race, but it also puts you out of commission.
The leading cause of injury when running is overdoing your mileage. However, second on the list is speed.
1. Make sure to warm-up and cool down. You can avoid trauma to the muscles by getting them ready for your workout and easing them back to landing when you are done.
2. Remember your rest days. In a previous article we discussed the importance of “easy days.” Your body needs these days to recover and be ready for the next challenging run.
3. Never finish of your run with a sprint. Always keep a steady pace.
4. When you are training for speed, make sure to set a realistic goal. Stick to that time, even if you are feeling good about speeding it up mid-run.
5. Just aren’t feeling up to running that day? Don’t. If you have been sick or are not feeling ready to give it your all, take it easy. Maintain a good attitude to challenge yourself without overdoing it.
Above all, it is important to make sure you are ready for your fitness plan. BOOTCAMP 619 offers a wide-variety to activities to improve your strength and endurance and get you prepared to train to the best of your ability.