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Well it’s officially spring, despite the weather not always reflecting it. We know that warmer days are on the way! After a long few months of quarantining and hibernating, you may be ready to lace up your sneakers and head out on your first springtime run. We in the brüst fam know that there are few better ways to enjoy the warmer weather than with a run outside.
So here are some tips to consider before heading out the door and some resources to help keep you going:
Be kind to yourself: It may feel hard initially and that is okay! Do not compare yourself to others or where you were before the winter months. If you need to start with a run-walk, do it. Just keep moving forward, as long as you are moving forward you are beating everyone on the couch.
Find an easy run pace: Check yourself. Are you truly running easy? A good test is if you could have a conversation or sing a song.
Do not get too excited (I mean be excited but do not over do it): The classic too much, too soon. The key is to ease in to it and not increase the amount of running too quickly.
Running is a skill: Let that sink in. Just like tennis you need to learn and practice running. Running is a progression of marching. Check out this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SSuPWLWOQw
Do not forget to stretch after your run: Here is my favourite routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-baiFn54Rc
Choose a goal: It is always easier to stick with running when you are working towards something. This could be a distance, a time or a virtual race.
Make a plan: Now that you have a goal work backwards from it to get you to the goal in the best shape possible.
Be sure to incorporate strength work to get the most out of your run: In order to run your best, you have to be strong, so strength workouts are vital. Here is an example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kw2-u6h5xk&t=5s of some great run specific strength exercises.
Fuel your body: brüst is perfect for a quick and light breakfast to get some energy in the morning before you go for a run or as a post-run recovery drink. Make sure you fuel your body to stay strong and feel great.
Now that you are out the door running be sure to have fun and enjoy the journey!
Dr. Brittany Moran