As the snow melts and the temps are warm up a bit, this is the time when many runners are intensifying their training in order to get into peak condition for spring and summer races. Finding the right balance between more intense training and injury prevention is not always an easy task. Offering up my best tips on how to Ramp Up For Spring Races Without Getting Injured. This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR Sports Drink and all opinions are my own.
How To Ramp Up For Spring Races Without Getting Injured
Start Where You Are
A check on your calendar and you realize that winter weather has you a few weeks behind in your training? No Sweat! We have all been there. It is easy to get swept up and try to jump in on a training plan that you are not ready for. Do a serious self check and assess where you currently are in your fitness and training and start there.
Balance it out
Balance out your training to avoid overuse injuries. Too much of a good thing is not always a good thing. Adding in strength training and yoga really does a runner body good. Active recovery days are key to staying injury free and help to avoid mental burnout as well.
Fuel Your Body
An increase in training often requires small tweaks to you nutrition and hydration routine. As the temperatures become warmer, you may find your body needs more in the way of electrolytes.
Sometimes on more intense training days, I need a little more than plain water to fuel my workouts. Enter BODYARMOR Sports Drink, a fan favorite of amateur and professional athletes alike. I had the opportunity to try out 2 of the new formulations for 2018.
BODYARMOR Sport Water has the taste of spring water with electrolytes and performance ph8+ in a wide mouth bottle that is perfect for the gym. Some workouts don’t require me to need extra carbs or calories but I do want to replenish some of what I have sweated out.
On more intense training days, I am looking for a little boost without a ton of extra calories and sugar. The new BODYARMOR LYTE Sports Drink is naturally sweetened with small amounts of cane sugar to provide potassium packed electrolytes and coconut water. I enjoyed the subtle yet fruity flavors (cherry berry, peach mango, orange citrus, blueberry pomegranate) and with only 20 calories and 3 grams of sugar per serving, that fits into my lifestyle and training just perfectly.
Tell me-What tips do you have for staying injury free while upping your training miles?