As I’ve mentioned with the start of June and the New York City Marathon less than 5 months away I’ve put together a plan for myself and am getting back on track with “training mode”.
Over the past couple of months I noticed that there are few things I don’t keep up on (aside from running mileage!) when I’m not training for anything in particular that I really need to start being more diligent about again!
I am TERRIBLE about drinking enough water on a regular basis!
I find that I am more conscious of it when I am training for something and have long runs and races coming up. With my mileage (and the temperature!) picking up I’m going to make it a point to drink plenty of water and to start using my electrolyte drink mix again.
2. Foam Rolling
During marathon training I had a timer set on my phone to go off every night to remind me to STOP. DROP. AND ROLL!
I not only took the time to roll out my legs daily, but I always had a golf ball on me that I could use to roll around under my foot to help my tight planter fascia.
Guess how many times I’ve foam rolled since Dopey??
I’ll be re-setting that timer to make rolling a regular habit again!
3. The Details
You know, like remembering to charge my Garmin. Or bother taping my foot. Or use body glide. Or fuel properly.
Honestly, when I’m not training for something it’s like my brain just shuts off when it comes to running. I can’t tell you how many times recently I’ve realized my Garmin is dead when I’m ready to head out or halfway through a run I think, “maybe I should have taken a minute to tape my foot…” or “maybe I shouldn’t have run immediately after eating 2 bagels…”
When I’m actually training for something I’m diligent about stuff like plugging in my Garmin, planning my runs and having all my running gear ready to go.
(Check out this post on Organizing Race Day Essentials!)
Now that training is under way I’m hoping to get back in the habit of hydrating properly, foam rolling and remembering my “running accessories”!
Is there anything you find you do or don’t do when not training?
Any tips for remembering to drink enough water??