One Foot Forward: How I train for races

I can’t believe that this is the fourth post in the One Foot Forward Running series. If you missed last weeks post you can check it out right here. https://girlmasked.com/2019/07/10/3-tips-to-stay-motivated-to-run/ I shared my tips for motivating myself to run. I hope they are helpful for me, let me know if they were.

I’ve recently completed the Athletics Race Series in the Phoenix Park. There were three races in total and they were once a month in May, June and July. They were 5km, 5 miles/8km and 10 miles/16km. I loved the 5km and it was great fun. I did it with my friend and there was a great atmosphere at it. I had done loads of 5km runs before so I was well prepared but I wasn’t half prepared for the 5 mile or the 10 mile so they definitely required a fair bit of training.

I trained for the 5 mile by increasing the distance that I ran. I added different routes to my training schedule and it helped make the runs a lot more enjoyable. I ran around my local park and added in the area past my estate to the run too.

I must admit I was a little unprepared for the 10 mile because I didn’t run 16km very much before. One thing that I found help improve my stamina is going to the gym on the days I don’t run. Even now after the race is over I have been finding that my gym workouts are helping strengthen my muscles and avoid aches. I go on the treadmill, the assault bike, do crunches, pull ups, lunges, squats and weight lifting. I’m actually finding it a lot more enjoyable than I thought I would.

Another thing I do to train for races is have little walking intervals throughout my run and I challenge myself to increase the time and distance between my walking intervals. The walking intervals give me a minute or two to catch my breath and reenergise rather than pushing myself too hard and tiring myself out before I’m even halfway through the run.

Sometimes training for races can be difficult so I like to listen to I like to listen to a motivating and inspiring podcast such as Katie Piper’s Extraordinary people https://open.spotify.com/show/2GKJcURuEWsQufQsAVl871 and The Good Glow https://www.thegoodglow.ie/doireann-garrihy-podcast by Georgina Crawford. I love listening to interviews of people’s lives and how they take care of themselves. Other times I listen to daily mix playlists on Spotify that keeps me running!

Are you training for any races at the moment? Do you follow a training plan?

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  1. Laura'sLife 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴 says:

    Well done. I really need to get back into running. I used to do quite a bit but starting from scratch is a bit daunting. Thanks for sharing this post and giving me a little kick up the butt to get back into it ☺

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