The countdown to the 2018 Broad Street Run is on. Thinking about 10 weeks of training can be overwhelming so we put together 10 tips for 10 weeks to 10 miles.
1. Start your training off on the right foot and invest in a new pair of running shoes. Learn about our free fit process and schedule an appointment here.
2. Find a training plan that works for you and stick with it. Our training program, Team Philly, kicks off Broad Street Run training on Saturday, February 24th in our University City shop at 8AM and you can still join, learn more here.
We also offer individual coaching and training plans, check out PR Coaching packages here.
3. Cross Train. Whether it's going for a morning bike or Elliptigo ride along the river or finally making it to that yoga class, cross training can help improve your running by building strength and flexibility in muscles that running doesn't utilize while speeding up your recovery process. Check out our calendar of events for upcoming free workouts including yoga for runners or schedule a test run on an Elliptigo in our Manayunk or Glen Mills shops.
4. Speaking of your recovery process, stretching is one of the best things you can do after a run to get your body ready for the next run. The tighter your muscles are, the more you are at risk for injury. Stretching loosens up your muscles and increases blood flow to help your muscles recover post run. Stop by our shops to try out a foam roller or other recovery aid along with some tips from our staff.
5. Gear up. Sweat wicking tops, bottoms and socks can significantly improve how you feel during a run. Ladies - the second most important piece of gear to get properly fitted for after shoes is a good sports bra. Learn more about our sports bra fit process here and schedule an appointment or stop by for a free fitting!
6. Fuel your run. Nutrition and hydration are often overlooked in life let alone in training. Planning what you eat and how much to drink throughout training including your runs is just as important as running the miles. Try some things out! Pick up a few flavors of gels, beans, bloks to test out on your next run. Our shops are stocked full of goodies including hand held water bottles or backpacks to hydrate on the go.
7. Listen to your body. Most of the time our body tells us when something is wrong. If you're in pain, stop. If you're tired, rest. Pay attention to how you feel before, during and after you run.
8. Pace yourself! Not sure where to start? Invest in a GPS watch to track your pace throughout training. Try not to start runs too fast and focus on running consistent miles.
9. Practice makes perfect. Training is the time to test everything before race day and find what works for you from what to eat for dinner the night before to what you wear during the race and everything in between. Plan a dress rehearsal or two before race day to help you finalize what to eat, wear, and use.
10. Have fun! Training is what you make of it. Enjoy miles and you'll show up at the starting line with a big smile on your face.