Training Tips for Round the Bays
Auckland Round the Bays is just around the corner, on Sunday 8th March. Yet to prepare or in training and feeling a bit directionless? Here’s some ideas to help get ready for the big day.
Goal setting is very important. Looking too far ahead can be overwhelming. This is why setting mini goals can be beneficial to your training routine. Achieving them step by step can help to improve your willpower, encouraging you to conquer anything that stands between you and you achieving your long-term goal. For example, your mini goal could be getting up early to go for a run, or eating a healthy breakfast.
Auckland Round the Bays is 8.4 kilometres of fun for solo rangers, families, those wanting to heighten their fitness and teams. Whether running or walking, long distances can also be mentally challenging. To overcome this, have a strategy in place so you are not completely overwhelmed by the physical demands ahead. Plan to reward yourself at various intervals throughout your event. Reward yourself with drinks and energy snacks, which not only boost your energy but your morale too. These mini rewards can help you keep on track.
Your training plan needs to have key elements - a build-up of kilometres to your big day. Stretching every day. Rest days. Yes, rest days. Rest is very important because your body needs to rejuvenate and repair before your next training day.
Flexibility and Stretching
Keeping your body limber through yoga and other forms of stretching, can limit injuries and even help to promote a better breathing technique when you are running or walking. If you have trouble touching your toes when your legs are straight, consider how much strain you are putting on your back when you are running and walking. Look after your body and it will look after you.
Changing too much in your diet when training may upset your digestion. If you wish to make any changes, make them small and not too drastic. For endurance events, you need more carbohydrates, although eat these types of food in moderation. Stay accountable and keep a diary of what works for you.
Do you have a cheer squad? Someone at the finish line of your event? There is a lot to be said for being your own cheerleader, but nothing compares to having someone at the finish line watching you accomplish your goal. Having a running buddy or participating as part of a team can also be beneficial. Someone you can meet for a run helps keep you motivated.
Sickness and Injury
Training when sick can be tricky as it can exacerbate longer-term sickness. Listening to your body is vitally important. Ignoring those little niggles can lead to bigger issues if not dealt with straight away. This is especially common with knee issues. Knees work hard by taking a lot of our everyday impact. Physiotherapists can help you at any stage but prevention is best.
Dress appropriately to help you feel comfortable and supported. This can include footwear and hydration methods.
Training for endurance is a journey. Working with a Personal Trainer will help you establish the right attitude, prepare your mind and body, and set yourself up to the right way for achieving your goals.