Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope your day is filled with so much awesomeness!
In continuation of my post from yesterday (THE HARD KNOCK LESSONS OF RUNNING PART 1), I will detail yet another vital lesson that I have learned from running!
6] WARM-UP IS KEY:
I’ve learned to never underestimate the power of a good warm-up! Speaking from a place of the past, I used to scrunch up my nose and drop a brow every time my husband mentioned that perilous word (shhh…don’t say it!)…I thought he was out of his mind (little did I know, I was out of mine)!
I couldn’t imagine wasting five minutes, let alone a whole two miles worth of my time, “rehearsing” (as I liked to call it) what I was about to do, you know, RUN! I thought (especially in the afternoon/evening times), “I got this! I’ve been walking around alllll daaaay now, so what do I need a warm-up for?”
I THOUGHT IT WAS A SILLY WASTE OF MY ENERGY…BOY WAS I WRONG!
Even during a race, I had the same amateur mentality, but finally figured out what it meant to be an athlete:
Being an athlete means taking care of your body, hence, doing what is necessary (maybe inconvenient, but necessary) to reach your goals.
I’ve realized that before a run, I must warm-up my body properly or it becomes much easier for me to pull a muscle and much harder for me to reach the pace I need to run at that day (especially with speed work, hill work, etc.).
WHAT DOES MY WARM-UP LOOK LIKE?
For speed work, track work, and races, I run 2 miles easy + 5-6 x 100 meter strides. The strides are an essential part of my warm-up series. They show my legs what is coming, so-to-speak, allowing my body to adjust to the speed I need to hit. For everyday maintenance runs, I do not warm-up.
DO YOU ALWAYS WARM-UP? DO YOU LOVE YOUR WARM-UP ROUTINE? WHAT DOES YOUR WARM-UP CONSIST OF?