Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well so far. There have been some great things happening here at Divas Run for Bling which I hope will make 2016 a fantastic year. I received an email last week informing me that I have been chosen as a Rock n’ Blog blogger for the Rock n’ Roll race series. I am so super excited about this because this means I will be able to run some races that I have been dying to try (I will also have a discount code soon that I can share with all you lovelies if you want to join me in the fun). So far, I have signed up for the Raleigh, Nashville, Chicago, St. Louis and Savannah half marathons. That puts me up to 7 this year including the Hilton Head Half I will be running this weekend and the Chattanooga Half here in my hometown in a couple of week. Whew. That’s a lot of races lol. Which means that training properly will be essential. No matter if you are running a 5K, a marathon or you are taking up triathlons, you need to have a good training plan. Today I am sharing why you need one and what you can get out of using a training plan 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.
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