Firstly, let us recap on training for an autumn Marathon; it’s time to switch your focus in May and across June to shorter, faster training which might be fun and introduces a clever change of stimulus. Set yourself a personal challenge using your GPS over 5km or 10km every few weeks. You’ll begin to see your fitness, speed and confidence build!
Now the mornings are lighter, use these to enjoy parks and the countryside. This 8-week period taking you up until the end of June will help boost your speed, whilst maintaining your spring fitness from earlier this year.
Whilst we are still in lockdown, it is important to consider the following do’s and don’ts.
- Use this period as some well deserved time from everything that is going on and allow time for some fresh air and reflecting.
- Make your run count. Depending on what you’re training for and how often you are running, make sure it is specific to what you want to get better at – have a plan!
- Keep your distance! Choose less crowded routes and always stay at least 2 metres away from others.
- Keep it social – use social online platforms to chat about your run with our friends, family and club buddies.
- Find some virtual events – a good way to keep the runs run and your motivation high!
- Get stressed! If you miss a run or exercise session because you just don’t feel up to it, don’t panic, your mental health is important too. Rest up, reset and go again when you feel ready.
- Overtrain – as tempting as it may be with lots of time on your hands, don’t overtrain. Overtraining can result in damaging the immune system and cause injury.
- Just run – mix your training up using the additional advice below.
Remember… it’s not all about the run!
If you haven’t done so already, introduce cross-training in your running plan. A lot of organisations are now offering HIIT classes online during lockdown – a great way to keep physically fit and strong at home. HIIT stands for ‘High Intensity Interval Training’. High knees, burpees, squat jumps and mountain climbers are all examples of HITT exercises you can be doing to get the heart pumping, get a sweat going and leaves you feeling fantastic after. Strength and conditioning is equally as important as cross-training – try focusing on your weak areas and come out of lockdown feeling fit and strong than ever!
Finally, don’t forget about yoga, mindfulness and meditation. There are plenty of online resources to help, mental health is just as important as our physical health.