Whether you’re training for a triathlon, a Spartan race or a local 5k for your favorite charity, training for a race...
Whether you’re training for a triathlon, a Spartan race or a local 5k for your favorite charity, training for a race, even your first one ever, is not difficult if you use some of the simple strategies below.
1. Do flexibility training. Considered one of the three pillars of fitness, flexibility training is the most often overlooked. The more flexible you are, the better your performance will be in any sort of athletic competition. Flexibility training also reduces your risk of injury and minimizes recovery time so you can train again as soon as possible.
2. Warm up properly. Make sure you do a full, dynamic workout the day of the race, as well as your full stretching routine. Rock compression sleeves and socks to help keep those muscles warm all the way until moment the race starts.
3. Lights out. Strive to get adequate sleep while you’re training for a race, especially the night before. When you sleep, your body goes into an anabolic state that's optimal for building lean muscle and boosting your overall performance. Aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
4. Buddy up or train with a group. Often times, training with a partner or in a group environment can get you in a more competitive mode. Training with someone else makes you more accountable and naturally instils a competitive element. You may also want to have a certified trainer help design some workouts for you so that you’re training in the most efficient manner possible. You know what they say—train smart!
5. Get the right gear. Make sure you get the best running shoes for your feet. It’s best to go to a specialty running store where an expert can assess your gait and custom fit your shoe based on what which features will give you the best support. Invest in some good running socks and compression sleeves as well, to boost blood circulation and draw moisture away from your skin to keep your feet and legs cooler during your race.