In my last blog, I talked about the importance of setting goals to guide your training for success throughout the year. This week I’m going to talk about a couple of tools/tricks to help nail your goal for that “A” race you have on your calendar. I’m telling this from my personal experience…achieving my goal time last weekend at the Myrtle Beach Marathon.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I want to help you fall in love with hill training. Most people dread hills because they are hard – lactic acid builds quickly, our heart rate spikes, several muscles are called on at once, and we tire quickly. However, the benefits greatly overshadow all of that. The facts are that hill running will make you a stronger, faster and a healthier runner. What’s more, the benefits are fairly quick to take effect. According to research, in as little as six weeks of regular hill training you can expect a significant improvement in your muscle power and speed.
As a follow up to my last post Dreaded New Years Resolutions, I thought I would talk about yearly goals as an athlete. I recently read an article about scheduling recovery into your training (Recover properly for Long Term Results), looking at the level of the week, month, and year. Reading about scheduling recovery reminded me how important it is to plan your training/racing cycle for the year. With out a plan, you are likely to get burned out, miss your goal time, or get injured.