I’m Not Used To Being Last!

Hey everyone!   I hope you are all having a great weekend.  The weather here has been getting nicer which means more outdoor running.  Winter was tough with record snowfall which meant very little outdoor running for me.  Saturday the hubby and I met up with some girls from the gym and we hit the road for a hilly morning run.  The weather was perfect.  The girls we ran with are all training for the Race to Robie Creek which is one of the toughest half-marathons in the Northwest.  It is basically a rite of Spring for all the die hard runners here in Boise and it’s tough to get in.  I am not doing it this year, but I am running with friends who are.  I have to confess, I am not used to being last.  For most of the run I was behind everyone else.  So while I was listening to my music I was thinking about how I can work on my hill pace and change things up for spring running.   I thought I would share some of the things I plan to work on for my spring running and upcoming races. 

Spring Running Tips

Set A Goal:  Pick a spring race or new pace goal.  Goals are great for helping you stay motivated and keep you getting your miles in.  Whatever your goal is be sure it is attainable.

Change Your Route:  If you have been hitting the treadmill all winter now is the time to get outside and run.  Pick a new trail or a new route to mix things up. Mix up the terrain you run on.  Run hills, flat road, grass or trails. 

Running Groups:  If you always run with the same people change it up. Run with new friends or ask people to join your current running group.   If you are not part of a running group Spring is the perfect time to join one. 

Be Prepared For Weather Issues:  Spring weather can be unpredictable.  You may start out and its cold and well into your run get too warm.  It is important to layer properly. A nice water resistant jacket is a must have especially for rainy days. 

Hydrate:  Even though it isn’t really hot outside it is still important to hydrate properly.  Be sure to pack your water or your sports drink for runs lasting longer than 1 hour.  

Now for some hill running tips (I need these!) 

Tips For Running Hills

Start Out Easy:  If you haven’t been running hills.  Start out slow. Just like any new workout routine work your way into it and don’t get frustrated.  You will get stronger each week. 

Proper Form:  Keep your body upright with a slight forward lean.  Try not to hunch over.  Look up and not down.  Pump your arms while driving your knees. 

Cross Train:  When you are not out running it is important to incorporate cross training and lower body strength training into your workout routine. 

Hill Repeats:  Pick a short hill and do some hill repeats.  Run up the hill fast and jog down.  Set a goal and keep adding to it each week.  

Push Your Pace:  If you are running rolling hills attack the hill and then you can recover on the way down. This is a good way to incorporate intervals into your running. 

I hope these tips help inspire you to come out of hibernation and start running outdoors again.  I hope you all have a great week!