Spring is slowly approaching, and that means good by treadmill and hello outdoors! Now that the snow is gone and its safe to go outside again we can begin spring training for that beach ready body we all want.
Getting your runners mojo back can be daunting but with practice and consistency you'll be back to putting in superior road work.
1. You actually have to go outside! Thats right, get off the treadmill and head outside. You can jog around the park or your trendy neighborhood but get outdoors!
2.Take it slow. Even if you ran all winter on a treadmill, running outside is completely different terrain. Begin with a fast paced walk or jog. You may want to consider walk/running in intervals to get into the groove of things.
3. Plan a route. Sometimes It helps to have a end destination in mind. Make it a place you would normally go for added motivation. Sometimes, I skip the train and run to my favorite cafe and grab a coffee or fresh smoothie depending on what kind of morning I'm having.
4. Time yourself. Focus on how long you run and no so much on the distance. The longer you are able to run the more endurance you're able to build.
5. Stretch Before and After. It's extremely important to warm up your muscles by stretching before you begin your run. This may prevent cramping and tightness while running. You'll want to stretch after to prevent against soreness in the days ahead.