Yesterday we hosted our first learning clinic where we discussed form, nutrition, and racing. Joy, Jamie, and Nick provided some insight and tips into the aforementioned topics, and we wanted to share a few of our favorites. Thank you to those of you who joined us yesterday!
Work on your form from head to toe. Your upper body is as important as your lower body. Your core is essential as well. If you're not already working your core, you should start. A strong core can help keep your upper and lower body healthy.
One of the biggest take-a-ways here is not to cross your arms across your body. Keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle or less and keep your arms low and fists un-clenched. When your cross your arms, you are not running efficiently.
Shoes cannot fix poor form - they're merely a tool to help you run better and prevent injury. Fix your form first, and then ensure you're running in the best type of shoe for your specific body type and gait style.
It's all about balance. Don't deprive yourself, and make sure you're getting the right mix of carbs, protein, etc. If you are craving a doughnut, chances are your body needs some sugar, so try some fruit.
Drink lots of water - many times, you're just thirsty and not hungry.
Also, remember that on days you're doing long, hard workouts, you need more calories than on days you are not working out or just going easy. That being said, you don't need to eat the whole loaf of bread or the whole cake. Make the calories good, healthy ones to boost performance.
Food is fuel for your body and can enhance or hinder your performance.
Whether you run a 16 minute 5k or an 8 hour marathon, you can still "race" as it is all about doing your best. Remember to go out hard, but not too hard. You don't want to ruin your race in the first 1/4 mile. Leading the pack during the first part of the race is not the best idea as you will exert more energy than the rest of the pack.
Remember why you are racing, and remember that you do belong there. Physical training is as important as mental training.
When you start to get tired, and your body starts to hurt remember why you are racing. Do not give up - think to yourself "Don't let this be the reason I do not _______________ today."
Your kick should not be the last 100 meters. For a 5k, think the last half mile. For a half marathon, it's the last 2 miles. If you have the spring in your step to kick it into high gear for the last 100 meters, you left too much on the course.
"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." - Steve Prefontaine
Who Picks the Topics?
Each week, we notice different things. We try to incorporate the questions we are receiving or the training issues we are noticing into our post(s) for the week. If there is something you'd like us to cover, let us know!