Congratulations! You decided to take on the Skinny Ms. Training Schedule and in only 8 weeks you will be ready to run your first 5K race. This portion of your training is the most crucial, it is the time when you will mold yourself into the runner you want to be. It is important to teach yourself good form, routine, and habits that you will keep for the remainder of your training.
Work on your form. It is still early in your training and the best time to learn how to run properly, before bad habits are set. When running, make sure your back is straight and your core is engaged, always hit the pavement in the center of your foot then roll forward to your toes, remember to keep your neck and arms from tensing up during the run, and work on steady breathing.
Keep Hydrated! Every day after your run, set up your water bottle for the next day. If you run outside in the heat, it is a good idea to have an iced bottle. Fill one third of the bottle with water, freeze it, and in the morning fill the rest with cold water. That way, even if all the ice doesn’t melt outside, there will still be cold water when your run is over.
Keep Up, Don’t Catch Up. Try your hardest not to fall behind on your schedule. Because there is a different routine each day, if you miss one you can’t simply skip to the next. If you must skip a day, it may be a good idea to repeat the last before you move on. It will take you longer to complete the regiment, but at least you will ensure you’re prepared for your race.
Written by Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, reporter / editor/ animal lover/ dedicated vegetarian