Training on a daily/weekly basis can be a routine for some, but an uphill battle for most. As mentioned in my previous blog posts, there is a lot more that goes into training for a competitive race than just running two miles every day from now until race day. In this particular blog post, I will discuss a few tips that may help you mentally prepare for a weekly workout, as well as what an individual training for a race should do in the closing weeks to get the best out of their run. Additionally, I will talk about some dietary tips that can help get through the fourth, fifth, and sixth miles.
There are a few mental routines that I do on a weekly basis to help prepare for a long distance race. The following list will help with keeping in the right mindset for competition.
- If you are planning on working on a daily basis, make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep. This will not only keep the body refreshed, but will provide a healthy mindset while working out.
- Take a bath once a week instead of showering. This will give you time to unwind and provide a comfortable setting to get away from outside distractions.
- Read a book or magazine during downtime. This will keep your mind sharp and focused.
- Watch healthy competition. Find a sport that you can enjoy watching to create a competitive mindset.
- Drink plenty of fluids outside of the workout. The body becomes drained, especially outside of the workout, so staying hydrated is imperative to keeping a mental mind sharp.
Touching on that last point from the previous list, there are a lot of dietary guidelines that one should follow in preparation for a big race. Since there is a lot of research that is out on this topic, feel free to do personal research to fit the training schedule. Two tips that have worked well for me is that I have drank at least one gallon of water per day, and limit my carbohydrate intake to only one meal per day. Additionally, eat a good meal after your workout to recuperate the calories lost in workout. As mentioned, there are a lot of dietary tips out on the internet, so make sure an appropriate diet is chosen.
Good luck with the next few weeks of working out!