It is promising to be a scorcher this week here in Texas…
This morning I woke up and was determined to get my miles in. I have been trying to follow the Luke’s marathon training plan, and today I decided to bust it out for almost an hour. It was hot, and I was salty and sweaty by the end but I got it done.
I took the extra 5 minutes to stretch and do a little yoga in my living room before getting ready for work.
My two favorite post run stretches:
Half pigeon – great for opening up tight runner’s hips!
Downward facing dog – loosens up those hamstrings.
I will be hydrating the rest of the day, probably guzzling down water like its my job.
I have to admit, this morning I had a HARD time getting up and motivated to run. I think we all have days where we really just aren’t feeling it. As it warms up here in Texas I know the summer heat can discourage a lot of people and make you just want to jump on the treadmill and knock it out. Not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but I think especially if you are in a marathon training season, you should try and get your body acclimated to all types of weather conditions, especially training in the summer heat. Here are some things that have worked for me when I just don’t feel like running, but know I should…
-Know exactly what you are going to wear and what you will need when you get up so you do not have to waste time looking thru your workout clothes to find something. Lay it out the night before if you have to.
-If you run in the morning, make sure you go to bed early enough and wake up early to give yourself enough time to get yourself together and out the door. It really helps to know you have enough time in the morning to run and take your time getting ready to get to work in a timely manner.
-Bring your hydration, even if you think you won’t need it. It helps to have a little something with you even if you are doing “just 4 or 5 miles”. You will be surprised at how much water you can drink during that span of time. In those summer months, your body needs all that it can get.
-Have a nice recovery drink handy afterwards and eat a wholesome breakfast. It’s always nice to know you have a nice icy beverage waiting for you when you get done with your run. My favorite recovery drink right now is the Silk dark chocolate almond milk.
I love knowing I have some of this stuff waiting for me when I get home from a tough workout. I also love guzzling down Smart Water because it has lots of yummy electrolytes in it. Oh, you didn’t know that electrolytes could be classified as yummy? Well now you know.
-Even if I am not feeling it, I know that after I get out and get my body moving, I will be so thankful that I did.
What are some things that help you get up and running? Do you have a go-to post workout recovery drink?