It’s that time of year again, when clients decide to challenge themselves by entering a sporting event. Whether it’s a 10K, half marathon or a triathlon, I applaud you all for your drive and motivation to work towards a goal!

However, discussing this topic with family and friends, there seems to be a few common traits / bad habits for many when training for an event.

Not Buying Appropriate Footwear – Considering becoming a foot model? Well to maximise your chances, invest in quality footwear as a runner.  Ill fitted trainers can cause blistering and black toe nails that can eventually cause your nails to fall off. Quality trainers will also protect you from injury, by absorbing the impact on your feet and body. So INVEST. Your feet will thank you for it!

Panicking After a Bad Workout – If you’re training daily for an event, it’s only human you’re going to experience a bad workout. In fact, you’re probably going to experience a few. This can result in beginning to question your fitness level. Are you working too hard? Not hard enough? Will I be ready for race day? This can lead to training extra hard during your next session, which can often lead to injury.

Instead, question why you had a bad workout. Did you fuel enough before your run? Did you get enough sleep? Did you overwork at your previous workout?

Reassure, its normal to have a bad day every once in a while, so don’t let it negatively affect your progress.

Not Cross Training– We gain strengths such as power through endurance running however, with those strengths come with weakness; such as poor flexibility, weak upper bodies, and quads that overpower our hamstrings.

Implementing strength training into our cross training can increase structural fitness and the ability for our ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones to cope with the impact of pounding on the roads. Not only helping quicker recovery time and injury prevention, strength training provides a variety into your training program to prevent boredom and burnout.

Recovery Routine – What you do after your run is as important as what you do during your run. As soon as possible begin to hydrate after your run. Between 30 minutes and two hours eat a meal that includes protein and carbohydrates. Additionally I’d recommend a relaxing bath, and foam-roll out any tense muscles and knots too.

 

Here at Go Fitness, we help many clients aim to achieve their running event. We would be more than happy to answer any client queries, and provide tips and cross training to get you on track for your upcoming event.