As we begin to thaw out from #Snowmageddon 2019, it is time to start getting back to training.
During the winter it can be a bit challenging to drum up enough energy to get out... So we've put together some tips to help you train in the Pacific Northwest!
1. Pick and Register for a Race - If you have a committed race date, it will help you stay focussed on your training. By keeping yourself honest and sticking to your running schedule it will make it fun to reach your training goals. We have some awesome races listed on our Events page to get you going in the right direction!
2. Running Form - Some people are heel-to-toe, while others are all toes. Honestly, neither form is really better than the other. Your best bet is to maintain your natural stride, it will help you avoid injury. The more you run, the more comfortable your running form will begin to feel.
3. The Run-Walk Method - This is great for new runners as well as experienced ones looking to improve their pace. It isn't just about running until you get tired and then walking. it is about combinations between the two and we have listed a basic combination.
BEGINNERS: Run for 30 seconds, then walk for 1 to 2 minutes for the duration of
INTERMEDIATE: Run for 1 to 5 minutes, then walk for 1 to 2 minutes for the duration of your run.
EXPERIENCED: Run for 6 to 8 minutes, then walk for 1 to 2 minutes for the duration of your run.
4. Choose a Training Plan: Finding the right training plan can be very beneficial and doesn't have to be grueling, we recommend running 3-days a week. We suggest a light run, or run/walk on 2-days a week to start for 20 to 30 minutes. For the third training day, go for a longer run and push yourself for 40 minutes. If you are looking for a club to receive support and encouragement, check out the Traveler Training Club it might be perfect for you.
5. Choose a Shoe: People make this way more complicated than it needs to be. There's been plenty of research that suggests that the most effective shoe to avoid injuries is.... The comfortable ones. Brand names and sales don't matter - put the shoes on in the store and job around a bit, pick the ones that feel good!
6. Create your Playlist: We all run to a different beat and that is a beautiful thing. Tunes while you run can give you something else to focus on in order to push yourself through the tough times. So if you like classical, rock n' roll, or electronica, turn it up and get after it, running should feel like a reward!
7. Timing Devices and Fitness Tracking: Every runner needs a timing device to help manage their training. Whether it is your iPhone or FitBit it really does not matter. You just need to pick a device that works for you. You can get a basic activity tracker for under $100 that will track your running progress, and has other features like meal tracking and calorie counting features!
We hope you found the tips useful and best of luck on your Pacific Northwest Training. Check out how #BetheTraveler at one of our 2019 events, and please feel free to reach out if we can help you reach your health and fitness goals!