Happy Friday! You may recall that I recently spent a few days at Zap Fitness running camp. It was a jam packed weekend and I learned so much. For the first Friday in June, our Friday Five theme is fitness and so today I’m going to talk about five things I learned at running camp. Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating!
While at camp we were fortunate enough to have so many educational sessions. I learned a ton but decided today to just share five things I learned at running camp.
- Slow isn’t a dirty word. One of the things we constantly were told was to start slow and then build. It’s great advice and something not a lot of runners are good at. It’s much better to build your pace over the run then start too fast and bonk. We all know this but sometimes it’s nice to have experts not only tell you this but model it over the course of a few days.
- A change can do you good. Zap is located in the North Carolina mountains and most of our runs were on a soft trail. It was awesome. The beautiful scenery, the soft surface, the different air – it all recharged me and I left camp ready for my next training cycle to begin.
- It’s more important to stretch after a run than before. We worked on some mobility drills that are good to do post run and I’ve since added them into my routine at home. I don’t do them after every run (just keeping it real) but I’m trying to make this a habit. One thing that stuck with me was the idea that we should go out and run our long run and then immediately get back in the car and drive home. I’ve done that and it results in me barely being able to walk when I get out the car. Not awesome.
- Yes, you really should warm up before a race. I am terrible about this. Really. BUT I’m going to try it out this weekend at the Zooma Annapolis 10k and see how it goes! Nothing fancy, but a short run (~1 mile) and some light warm up stretches after my body is warm from running. We’ll see how this goes.
- The “other” aspects of running (nutrition, mental preparedness, etc.) matter. A lot. I truly do believe this (especially the mental aspect, which I’ve written about here), but camp helped reinforce that. All the same things can add up to big gains!
Have you learned any running lessons lately?