Girls Run The World‘s Rachael Woolston has put together a guide on how to stay fit and focused during lockdown and beyond.
Progressing and working towards a goal that matters is a hugely positive force. It is what helps us to get out of a warm bed to run on a dark morning, that keeps us on a horrible turbo session when our legs are screaming, and which helps us to push into an uncomfortable training zone, when it would be much easier to jog and watch the sun set.
But with no guarantee of any races going ahead this side of Spring 2021, how will you stay motivated to train well?
Here’s their four tips for a positive mindset to take you through lockdown training and beyond.
Reflect and Reset
As individuals, we are always SO busy cramming stuff in, getting up at a ridiculous hour to tick off a swim or a long run. Or biding our time to ask our partners at the right moment, whether they can look after the kids on their own so that you can get that long run in.
Use this time to reflect, think about whether the event goal that you always pursue is right for you at this life stage. Is there a shorter distance that you could focus on, which would still give you the motivation of great training and the thrill of competing without the negative stress of never quite ‘fitting everything in,’? Having a new goal may be just the answer.
Get stronger than ever
There has never been a better time to work on your strength and stability. It is at this time of the year that ALL runners and triathletes should focus on strength training, irrespective of lockdown.
If you are aged forties plus, strength training is ESSENTIAL. Without it (even with running and triathlon) you lose muscle mass. Which means that it is harder to stay in race shape, you pick up more injuries, and your hormones go even more awry.
Use this time to pick a strength goal and nail it during lockdown, whether that’s increasing your squat or deadlift, improving your core strength, or learning how to do a pull up.
Train your weakness
Many runners, male and female, carry around a recurring niggle that is never sorted out because of so much training. Now is the time. If you know what the niggle is, ask for our advice about the best online programme to follow to help you FINALLY strengthen, stretch and mobilise and get rid of that niggle once and for all. Check out their online rehab programmes here.
Set an audacious three year goal
Examine your goal setting deeply, if money, time, fear of not being able to do it didn’t get in the way, what is your biggest goal? To do an off-road ultra, to run a marathon pb?
Pick your wildest goal for three years time and start planning a strategy that will help you progress towards that goal in three years. Give yourself the time and space to plan, to schedule the other fun adventures or tuning events that are so vital in helping you to build the confidence towards such a big goal.
Article brought to you by the Official Training Partner for Brighton Marathon Weekend, Girls Run The World