Marathon season is almost upon us. While there’s lots to love about getting fit and getting fresh air, spring can be a dangerous time for runners. Training too hard, too fast, wet weather, and unpredictable road conditions can spell trouble for marathoners. Keep these tips in mind as you launch your spring training!
Take It Slow
It can be tempting to go all out in the spring in an attempt to qualify for an upcoming event–or to undo months of poor diet and sedentary habits. Training too hard, too fast is a recipe for disaster if you haven’t been training throughout the year, and can lead to an injury that may set you even farther behind on your fitness goals. Start with reasonable goals, and try cross training to make sure your core is strong and supportive.
This season’s outdoor runners may encounter rain, snow, mud, or even ice. El Nino means this spring is likely to be especially wet. If possible, avoid exercising outdoors in slippery conditions, and take your workout to the gym instead.
Sometimes, poor dietary habits established over the holidays can stick with us. Or, we may be eating less to match reduced activity levels. Make sure you’re eating appropriately given your training schedule, and filling up on bone building, muscle friendly foods to stay strong.
It’s crucial to stay hydrated. Even if it’s still chilly out, you’re sweating and need to up your water intake. Check out this guide for tips on how to do so!
Get A Physical
You should always consult a medical professional before embarking on a new training routine. They can check for important and less visible issues, like heart problems, that may impact your training,
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