Running was one thing that I looked forward too when I was 40 weeks pregnant. I ran throughout my pregnancy but the miles got shorter and shorter. I made a plan to come back to running and it was the first thing I did once I got the clear from the doctor. After a long time of NOT running it is important to build your base. If you kick the bucket and try speed training and tempo runs off the bat you may end up injured. You simply just have to get outside and put one foot in front of the other.
Base building can seem repetetive and boring but this low intensity activity makes a strong foundation that will support you through any training program. Base building increases blood volume and improves glycogen storage. Remember ENDURANCE > SPEED in base building.
1. Start Slow.
If it has been awhile since you have run or your coming off a high mileage week. Get outside and run at about 50%. Run it at a comfortable pace, choose your miles for it. I started with 2 miles then the next week ran a few 3 milers and so on.
2. Be patient
Base building can last a month up to 4 months. Depending on how your feeling, your training schedule etc.
3. Include cross-training
Cross training is important for every runner. It balances your muscle groups and will help improve your cardiovascular fitness and greatly reduces your chance of injury.
A few of my favorite things.
A new bike!
It is one of my goals this year to do a few bike races and get back into the triathlon game. Yesterday, Brent surprised me and took me to pick out a new bike for our anniversary coming up. I was so excited!
My sister took these pics for me so I could update some of the frames around my house. I can’t get over how old they look in these!
I hope you all have some fun plans this weekend with the whole super bowl going down. We are planning on hanging out with some of our friends. I also have a fun fitness convention that Ill be assisting on coaching through a workout and learning some new things that I’m excited about.
Have a good weekend!