Entering week two of my Virginia 10 Miler training, here’s some information about my schedule and other important factors for staying healthy while gearing up for the race.
Training. I don’t train every day, because it’s important to give your body a rest. I try to do spinning to stay off my feet/knees for the days I’m not running. Danny Boyers, assistant race director, helped plan out how I should train.
Here’s my schedule for this week:
Monday: 2-3 miles
Tuesday: 3-4 miles
Wed: 2-3 miles
Thursday: 3-4 miles
Saturday 3-4 miles
With that being said, Danny shared that workout days can be changed in order to fit your schedule. Be sure to include an easy or off-day after your longest day. You may choose to either cover the distance assigned or the time assigned.
Fueling. A winning marathon runner was talking about fueling the body, because come race day, that’s what it is all about. Basically, the mind wants to convince you to stop running, so every 3 miles or so you should eat some sort of sugar like running energy gels or whatever floats your boat. Remember to train with what you are going to eat on race day, that way you can make sure it agrees with your stomach.
From Emily’s blog last year: important to note, so I’m taking this one for this year!
Hydration. Getting your H2O going is important! Danny says you need to start hydrating 2-3 days before the race. Then it’s best to drink about 16 ounces of water 1 hour prior to the start.
What are important factors you take into account when prepping for long distances? Comment below!
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