I’m excited to be running during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2017! This year I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon, and it was an incredible experience. Marathon Weekend soon became my favorite running weekend, so I decided to run again, but this time I’m running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Anniversary bling, y’all. Cigna sponsors this incredible event and has provided an infographic for the 10 top training tips for runners!
Top 10 Training Tips for Runners
Choose carbs, proteins, and healthy fats. So sometimes I have trouble choosing the healthy fats…I like dessert! But I’m working on eating better. I definitely notice that when I eat healthier, my running improves.
Stretch it Out
Warm up and cool down to prevent injury. Yes, to all the stretching and all the foam rolling. It’s one of the best ways to stay injury free. We runners need flexibility.
Mix it Up
Add weights to strengthen muscles. Strength training is your friend. When I just run without mixing in strength training, that’s when my IT Band injury comes back with a vengeance. As runners we need strong glutes, hip flexors, and core.
Practice Good Form
Keep your feet beneath your body and run tall. When I get tired, I get lazy with my form. This will also lead to injury.
Bring a Buddy
Training is more fun with a friend. Amen! My friends help motivate me, and they keep me entertained. Running in costume is also better with a friend.
Water is always good. I personally like to mix it up with some Nuun.
Where are my Parks and Recreation treat yo’ self fans? Reward yourself for meeting your goals. Some use chocolate milk as a reward, others go for a massage, others buy Alex and Ani bracelets. It’s your choice.
Follow a Program
Training programs add mileage and increase pace. I personally dig Jeff Galloway’s plans, but choose whatever plan you gel with.
Decrease mileage 3 weeks before your race. In a pinch, I’ve had to disobey this rule to get miles in. When I do, however, I take those miles at training run pace, and I don’t try to break any records.
Be Your Own Cheerleader
Think positive and celebrate! Running is a very mental sport. Your head can make or break you during a race and during training. Stay positive. If you run with music, pick songs that will motivate you. Have a mantra if you need it. I always tell myself just one more step, one foot in front of the other.
For more training tips for runners, visit Cigna.com/runtogether! It’s less than a month until Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, woohoo! Who will I see there? I’m cheering for the marathon, so if you’re running let me know so I can have your favorite snack out on the course.