Friend or foe: the indoor track? photo courtesy of endicott.edu
Since I've begun my training, I have received so many great tips from seasoned runners. I love picking people's brains to hear what has worked (and more importantly, what has not). Some of the of the best tips I've heard so far:
- Stick to the training program; when it says rest, REST!
- I'm a huge fan of power hot yoga, so I was pumped to hear that yoga is super helpful while training.
- One of the problems I've come across in the past is not knowing how to stretch properly for my runs; dynamic stretching should be done before runs and static stretching after runs. GREAT ADVICE!
- The high intensity of track training makes the body burn calories even after your workout is over which results in quicker weight loss (I could get used to that!)
- I noticed that I tended to run a lot faster than normal on the track, pushing myself to sprint some laps and take it a bit slower on others. Ultimately, this builds strength in muscles you don't necessarily use in outdoor runs.
- This type of training can take minutes off my mile if I do it often enough.
- The faster pace makes the heart stronger, delivers more oxygen to the muscles and helps muscles use the oxygen more efficiently - increasing stamina.
- Stronger muscles = longer runs.
- Stronger muscles + longer runs + slimmer me = same miles with less effort! (All information found on runnersworld.com).
Week 3 of training is DONE - I'm up to 2 miles in 25 minutes! Hoping my continued training will get me down to 10 minute miles.
On to week four where I'll be on a 30 minute walk/run plan!
Just keep running...