With all the upcoming races, most runners are in serious training mode right now and that brings us to one of the themes of this week's blog, the importance of recovery. We'll have a clinic talk that will go into more detail on the subject this coming Wednesday, so we won't say anything more here than the fact that a proper recovery following a big race (like ATB!!) and your weekly recovery runs are JUST AS IMPORTANT to your progress as your long runs and speedwork.
Another theme we'd like to touch on, and the timing is good as you think about your upcoming season, is the need to always try to keep running fresh. By this we mean always look for ways to change things up. Not everyone HAS to run a marathon to be considered a serious runner. For those who've focused on longer distance racing for a while, how about working on 5 / 10k's......it's a great way to try something different, and at the same time work on your speed and form. How about trail racing, or trying a triathlon.....running will have given you a fantastic aerobic base to try out some of these other things, and at the same time, these events will give you an opportunity for some different experiences. Running can be an amazing, lifelong way to keep fit and have lots of fun doing it, but you need to remain open to trying new things.
Our final theme is for our C25K folks, and that's the importance of goal setting. It's great that right now most of you have the Bridge Race 5k as your goal, but once you've accomplished that, take a bit of time to enjoy your accomplishments, then think about your next goal. If you do this, I can guarantee that having a goal will help you get out the door on days when you're 'too busy' or 'too tired' or whatever excuse you'd like to substitute here, to get your run in.
Last, but not least, we'd like to say a few words about hill training for the Bridge Race. In previous years we've trained on our local 'hill' (aka the Christina St. overpass) but this year we'd like to try something different. We're suggesting that those of you who are really keen on having your best time in the Bridge Race, try to make it out to Arkona for the Saturday run. Tentatively, we're throwing out the dates of April 19, April 26 and May 10 for these runs. As usual, there will still be Sarnia runs on these dates, but we really encourage everyone who's racing the Bridge Race to try and make it out to Arkona. Failing, that, hill work can be built into the Wednesday night program.....just let us know if that's your preference.
That's all for now.....
Have a great week!
Cal for FoF