Some of us are probably getting that first taste of warm weather right?! At any rate, spring is starting to make an appearance and you’re feeling ready to make the switch between your winter training and spring/summer training. There are a few things you should consider when making this adjustment to help with an easier transition into your summer schedule (plus helping you stay as healthy as possible). Take a look.
Solidify your race schedule and goals at the beginning of the year:
As the year turns it’s important to look ahead at what you want your season to look like. It’s a good time to start preparing not only physically but mentally for whichever types of races you choose to run. As you put races on the calendar you can begin to structure your training to align accordingly giving you a much easier transition as the days get longer. This is your blueprint for success and the road map that will dictate how and where you train.
Don’t overdue yourself early:
Take your time and transition your mileage slowly. It’s very easy for runners coming into the longer days overdoing themselves and end up becoming injured early on. For those who cross train in the winter months it’s still very important to ease back into your mileage and frequency. Although you may be fit, your bones and joints need to adjust to the pounding and the feeling of being on different types of terrain. So get onto as many different types of trails as you can and work your way up in mileage.
Make sure your gear is appropriate for your goals:
As your race goals change so does your training, and to accommodate these adjustments you need the right gear. It’s a good idea to look at your shoes at the start of every season and make sure they are still functioning and giving you the appropriate support you need. This is important to not only help you avoid injury, but keep you performing at a high level. When looking at your races, you also need to consider gear requirements and what you’ll have to carry with you. Choosing your preferred way to carry (pack, waist belt, or both) and what capacity you’ll need is a decision you’ll have to make. Any piece of gear you choose as part of your arsenal should be leading you towards the answer to an important question, how does this gear help me to perform at my best?
As we approach the peak season for mountain running, getting your schedule dialed, your body ready, and your tools selected are decisions you’ll have to make every year. Remember don’t do too much too fast and work towards your strength and endurance goals slowly. Come June & July, you’ll be crushing races and feeling great doing so.