Today’s Workout: Rest Day
ZYM Flavor of the Day: Lemon-lime. This flavor was much sweeter than the Berry flavor I had tried yesterday, and there was no hint of the bitter taste that I detected in the Berry ZYM. Like it’s predecessor, the lemon-like flavor contains caffeine, and is sure to give early morning runners the wake-up call that they need. Which is why I found myself choosing a ZYM tablet instead of coffee again this morning. Once again, it did the trick. And as an added bonus, it kept me hydrated – something coffee (which is a diuretic) – doesn’t do.
Speaking of early morning runners…up until now, I haven’t talked too much about my running schedule, other than the fact that I typically am NOT an early morning runner. A few things about my running schedule:
• I usually run in the evening (except on the weekends, when I sometimes run in the morning, but more often than not, run in the afternoon)
• I run 4x a week, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sundays are always my long run days.
• For the most part, I don’t mind changing running days, but I NEVER change my long run days.
• If I think I need to scale back on my running one day, because I could potentially get injured, I do.
• However, if I don’t feel like running, feel too tired or lazy to run, etc., I still do.
Here are a few tips that I have for beginners to make running a part of your everyday schedule:
• Decide on a time of day that you plan on running, and stick with it. If you know the only time of day you’ll have to run is in the morning before work, then make it a priority to get up and go running beforehand. If you’re the type of person who hits snooze a dozen times before you haul your butt out of bed, then make it a priority to go running after work.
• If it’s too cold outside to go running, don’t let that be an excuse. Buy a treadmill, or if you can’t afford one, join a gym. If that still isn’t an option, there are some other creative ways you can get some treadmill time in: try joining a YMCA, which is more affordable than some gym memberships, or even some local community centers have workout equipment. There’s even a local hotel near me that allows you to pay a gym membership, or allows people to pay $5 to use their equipment room on days when it’s too cold for running. With some careful research, you’re sure to find some creative options to help you get in some treadmill time.
• Be realistic. If you know you’re not going to be able to run 7x a week (and that’s never a good idea anyways, it usually only ends in injury), then DON’T. I run 4x a week because that’s what works best for me. There was a time when I ran six to seven days a week, and my muscles were always sore and tired. That’s when I started to become more susceptible to injuries. For me 4x a week is what works best for me to avoid injury.
• It’s OK to switch your running days, but don’t push yourself in a corner. If you plan on running 4x or 5x a week, don’t say you’ll run Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, or I guarantee you won’t be able to get all your scheduled runs in. I usually space my runs out over the course of the week, so I have room to change them around if I get too busy.
• If you plan on training for a marathon or a half, schedule your long run days for a day you know you’ll have plenty of time to complete them, like on the weekend.
• And if you do start to feel fatigued or the early onset of an injury, listen to your body and REST. It’s great to have a set running schedule, but if you don’t listen to your body, you can end up laid up for even longer than you expected. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can use every little twinge that you feel as an excuse not to run.
And as Forrest Gump says, “that’s all I have to say about that.”
How have you made running part of your schedule?
Non-beginners: Any more advice that I missed? What are some of your suggestions?