Fall means changing leaves, cooler temperatures and plenty of races to keep runners moving and motivated. Whether it’s a mile fun run, a 10K or a marathon, it’s important to stay healthy and fresh as you prepare to beat your personal record.
It can be a lot of work to build up endurance that sets you up for success. We’ve got a few hacks that will help you along the way:
- Adhere to a race-training schedule. It’s important to properly train to increase your strength and accomplish your goal – getting to the finish line.
- Change out your workout routine by incorporating cross training into your weekly schedule. Swimming or spin classes (or biking in general) are both great workout alternatives that give your feet a break and provides a change of pace to prevent boredom.
- Invest in a good set of headphones to listen to your favorite running playlist. Apple air pods are very convenient because they allow you to run without the annoying cord that can get in the way, allowing you to run freely and comfortably. Need a new playlist? Try out our Funky playlist.
- Take breaks when needed. Everyone has life throw them curves and stresses. If you need a day off from running, do it. Your body and your mind will thank you later.
- Hydrate and eat nutrient-packed foods. You’ll be burning loads of calories and sweating more than usual, especially on your longer runs. It’s important to drink tons of water and fuel up on healthy snacks that are good for you to keep your body feeling healthy. And it’s also important to get plenty of rest. You’ll need to be the most energized on race day, so take care of your body.
- Use foam rollers and balls to ease the tension. If you are looking for ideas, Runner’s World provides a list of products that will help you loosen up before your next time on the pavement.
- Apply FunkAway to your running shoes during training and after you’ve finished the race. This will help extend the life of shoes that have become your go-to running partner. If your clothes have been smelling extra funky, use the HE-compatible laundry detergent booster as an add on to your regular detergent.
These are just a few tips we recommend implementing during your training. If you have any other tried-and-true ways to get ready for a race, let us know in the comments!