As I go into this last month before the race, there are some bad habits I know I need to fix and good habits to start to keep my training fun and injury free.
- Stretch after I run- I know how important stretching is to keep me injury free and yet I always end up plopping down on the couch in front of the tv after a run without stretching. Moving forward, I need to start incorporating it into my running routine. I want to make it such a habit that I naturally start doing it instead of having to think about it. I need to come up with a good list of stretches to do that I can remember each time!
- Strength train- In all the research I have done since I started running, I have seen again and again how strength training is great to add for runners. I’m usually pretty tired after runs and don’t really know where to start so I haven’t done any yet. I have the Nike Training Club app that has short workouts to do and they target different areas of the body so I think I’ll try to add those either after I run or on days when I don’t go out.
- Drink enough water- Another thing I know is so important and there have still been too many days where I know I just haven’t had enough water. I’m going to start bringing more water with me throughout the day and make sure I actually drink it. I had a run the other week that was my first real bad run where I just felt miserable the whole time and had no fun. After I finished, I realized it was probably in part because I barely drank anything throughout the day.
- Remember my rest days- When I first started I was so eager to get into 5k shape that I skipped rest days. That was a big mistake. Starting at nothing and working into some intense runs, my body really needed the recovery from rest days. I have been better at taking days off but still get a little antsy so maybe I’ll try to do some yoga on the off days. Perfect to get me stronger and more flexible at the same time!