Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well so far. Mine has been pretty good and I am starting to get back in the swing of things health and fitness wise which is fantastic.
I officially signed up for the Rock n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon at the end of April so my recovery and return to racing is getting real. I know I only have about 8 weeks left so I am not expecting a super fast race. My goal is to actually finish as it is my first race back from a broken ankle. But I am super excited about it nonetheless.
Which means that training properly will be essential. No matter if you are running a 5K, a half or full marathon or if you are taking up triathlons, you need to have a good training plan. So today I am sharing some reasons for a training plan and what you can get out of using one the next time you want to enter a race.
Motivation. For me, the most important reason to have a training plan is motivation. Staying motivated to exercise and get out the door is something that I seriously struggle with. Having a plan in place helps me keep motivated to get active and stay active.
Schedule workouts. A training plan also enables me to schedule my workouts. I can make sure that I have a well rounded workout regimen planned that has both cardio and strength. For the running portion, I can also make sure that I have long runs, tempo runs and even fartleks. I am also a little bit of a nerd and get excited when I can mark a workout day as completed.
Stay focused on the goal. Planning out my workouts allows me to stay focused on my goal. I can see where I am going fitness wise and where I have been. I love being able to look ahead and see what is in store.
Allows for recovery. Recovery is very important when it comes to training. Having a plan also helps make sure that there are rest days. Also, it enables me to see how hard my workouts have been and plan some lighter, recovery weeks to allow my body to adjust.
Evaluation. Finally, as stated above, a training plan shows you where you have been and where you are going. Related to this is being able to evaluate how it is going and make improvements. For instance, I may be doing really well with cross training and strength training, but my long runs may be suffering a bit. I can make improvements to workout on those long runs before my races happen.Signing up for a race this year? Here is why you need a good training plan #running #fitnessClick To Tweet
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