This article was published on October 7th, 2013
Autumn is a great time to get out and run. The temperature is cooler, the leaves are tuning colour, and people are back into their routines. Here are some helpful tips to improve your running routines this fall:
- Register for a race. It’ll keep you motivated and help you stick to a training schedule.
- Set a goal. Perhaps you want to improve your half marathon race time, speed up your tempo runs, or increase your distance. Make it measureable, time-bound and attainable.
- Try to add 10 minutes onto your morning run. It won’t hurt too much to get up 10 minutes earlier to get in a bit extra on your run.
- Push yourself a little bit harder to run just slightly faster on your tempo runs. This will pay off in dividends.
- On hill training days, see if you can add just one more hill onto your training. Hill training is strength, and strength is key.
- Motivate yourself by getting some new shoes, running shirt or shorts. You’ll be surprised how you’ll want to get out running just to wear whatever new items you buy.
- Download new music and create a new running playlist. It’ll keep you going. Remember to include some of your past running favourite too.
- Get out and run through areas you’ve never been before. It’s fun to discover new places and see things from a different perspective.
- Mix up your running routine with other cross-training activities including biking, swimming, yoga, strength training and rowing. Variety is key.
- Experiment with different types of running nutrition. There are all kinds of nutrition available, from pre-workout drinks to gels and bars. Training is perfect time to see what works for you and how your body reacts.
What gets you motivated to get out and run in the autumn? Leave a comment on this blog post.