Have you made any running-related goals or resolutions for 2017? As you may know, usually I love setting goals for the new year but this time around I’m trying to take a more laid-back approach to my training. That being said, I think there are still some simple things that can be done to improve our running, whether or not we make them into “goals” or “New Year’s resolutions”. For anyone looking to improve their running this year, here are 3 simple things to do each week that will help you to stay on track to work towards whatever goals you may (or may not) have for this year.
1. Keep track of your training.
Find somewhere to write down your workouts each week and how you feel. I have used the Believe Training Journal in the past but now I rely mostly on my blog weekly recaps. It’s so helpful to be able to look back on past weeks of training to see what was working well or identify any training errors that may have led to an injury. This only takes a few minutes each week but you will really appreciate having this information to look back on in weeks, months, or years to come!
2. Spend a few minutes doing prehab work throughout the week.
Prehab is always better than rehab! One trick I like to do is use my core and hip exercises as a part of my warm up. I am more likely to do it before a run than after, and by working those muscles you are also activating them in preparation for your run. 10 minutes 3 times a week is a great place to start. Here are some workouts you can try as part of your warm-up/prehab routine:
3. Don’t forget about recovery.
It can be really easy to get caught up in the training process and ignore recovery. Make sure to take rest days when you need them. Some weeks that may be 1 day a week, but other weeks you may need 2 or 3. Pay attention to your nutrition and how well you are sleeping. And spend some time foam rolling when your muscles are sore and tired!
Paying attention to the little things can really make a difference when it comes to running and training. Hopefully these strategies will help you to have a strong, healthy, and successful running year in 2017!
Did you make any running goals or New Year’s resolutions for 2017?
Do you pay attention to the little things with running?
How do you keep track of your workouts?