Some weeks our running is kind of tough. We may be tired from the previous week of training or maybe we are experiencing a little mental burn out but if we do all that we can do to have a great running week…. I think we will.
Today is the day to do some things that ensure you have a great week of running!
Here are some ways that I am going to make sure that this week is a great week of running.
1. Go grab a water bottle right now. Carry it around with you wherever you go this week and hydrate hydrate hydrate. My running feels so much better when I drink enough water especially now that it is getting warmer.
2. Buy a few new songs for your running playlist. It is crazy to me how much a few new songs that I love make my runs so much more enjoyable. I am addicted to music.
3. Make a plan. You may not want to make a detailed pace/distance/time plan but you could at least write out an idea of what you want to do each day this week and make sure you schedule in a rest day or two according to your personal needs. When I take enough rest days I always end up having way better runs that week because of it!
5. Sleep. Our runs go SOOOOO much better when we have been getting enough sleep. This week make a goal to get into bed a little bit earlier. While I have been in Utah I have been staying up way too late watching episodes of Friends on my computer in bed before finally calling it a night. This week I will just watch one before bed instead of my usual 12 to make sure I get more sleep.
6. Stretch. Do some yoga. Set aside just FIVE minutes (or hopefully more) each day to stretch after you run. Your body deserves it. When you run you put a lot of stress on your body so make sure you do it a favor and stretch it out afterwards so that it lets you continue to run injury free:)
7. Don’t neglect cross-training. I am learning slowly but surely about the importance of strengthening my core, glutes and hips to avoid injury. Schedule in time this week to fit in some strength training and actually do it. Most of us can’t run every single day without getting injured or mentally burnt out so take some time to cross-train this week because that can help you build your fitness too. Here is a full list of all of my favorite cross-training activities. It is a great supplement to your running and can help strengthen you to hit those paces and distances that you are building up towards.
8. Set a goal for the week. Have something to work towards. You could make a goal as simple as making sure you do all of your scheduled rules or getting down to the track for some speed work. Make a goal to think positive during your runs or to try out running with a running group!
9. Tell yourself it is going to be a good running week. I strongly believe that our expectations shape our world. If we go into this week/a race/a new training cycle believing that it is going to be a good one then it will. Our thoughts can make or break our running!
Yesterday afternoon I got to babysit my cousin’s 16 month old. He is adorable and Brooke had a blast with him.
Strollers are probably the best invention in the world because it kept babies and Janae very happy on a very long walk. We even found a cul-de-sac of love while we were out.
I was babysitting because my cousin and his gorgeous girlfriend (now fiancé) got ENGAGED up in Sundance. Really though, if you come to Utah you actually have to go to Sundance!
Weddings are my favorite. I can’t wait.
I will babysit for any of you reading whenever you want as long as you bring me back treats like this when you get home like they did. These are equivalent to gold in my mind.
What is your tip to make sure this week is a good running week for you?!?
How much sleep do you get each night on average?
Are you good at drinking enough water or is that something you are trying to work on?