These are strange times. The world feels like it is in some sort of meltdown, and the uncertainty it is causing is very stressful.
Running is often the best form of “therapy” to help deal with stress, so if at all possible you need to keep running.
It is easy to become frustrated that the events you have trained hard for are getting postponed or cancelled. There is nothing you can do to change the situation, so instead of becoming frustrated you need to find a way to come to terms with it as quickly as possible, and turn it to your advantage.
If you have been training to a plan you should already be in great condition with plenty of strength and endurance. (learn more about specific training)
Imagine if you had your current level of strength and endurance back on the 1st January. You would have been in the perfect position to put in another really solid training block and have the race of your life at the UTA.
Now you don’t have to imagine it. That is the opportunity you have right here in front of you.
Don’t waste all of the hard-earned strength and endurance you have built up over the last few months. Use it to your advantage.
What Training Should You Do Right Now?
Now is the ideal time to be working on your base fitness, strength and endurance. We call this training phase, Base Training
YOUR BASE TRAINING PHASE SHOULD INCLUDE:
- Mostly Easy Aerobic Runs
- A Gradually Increasing Long Run to Build Endurance
- Maintaining Leg Speed with Fartleks and Accelerations
- Establishing a Stretching and Mobility Routine
- Strength and Plyometric Training
If you get the right mix of each of these “ingredients” you can put together a perfect base training phase which will set you up for an awesome, injury free, race build up. Learn more about base training
The key to good race results is consistency. Get back into consistent training, you will be setting yourself up for the race of your life later in the year.
We have created a specific plan designed to help you train smart all the way till race day. Learn more about the UTA Training Plan
How to keep fit during Lock Down?
Here are some simple things you can do anywhere to maintain your fitness (and your marbles!)
Skipping – You don’t even need a rope!. Skipping is one of the best running-specific ways you can maintain your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen your calves and achilles.
Jump Squats – These will help to keep your glutes and quads strong
3 Minute Lunge Workout – Lunges help to strengthen your glutes, hamstrings and quads, and improve your balance and coordination.
Push Up / Side Plank – These will help improve your core strength
Round the Clock – This will help to improve your ankle flexibility and improve the strength and stability of your hips and pelvis
Foam Roll Your Quads – All of these exercises are likely to result in tight quad muscles, so make sure you do some foam rolling to keep your knees happy!
Treadmill Running – If you are lucky enough to have access to a treadmill make sure you run with good technique. The repetition caused by taking exactly the same stride thousands of times on a treadmill can make you more susceptible to overuse injuries like ITB pain or Achilles tendonitis. You can minimise the risk by incorporating all of the above exercises, as well as focussing on your running technique.