Thursday 10k enjoying a bit of vitamin D. Glad I was up early to beat this heat! We are hitting the triple digits here in the next few days! I am bracing myself for the heat wave. Bring it on Mr. Sun…I am ready.
Today I wanted to chat a bit about increasing your mileage and endurance! It is definitely not easy to do so but after about 6 years of running marathons I think I’m pretty good at this topic. So let’s go over a few things that have helped me.
1. Be consistent. This is the one thing that has helped me out immensely in terms of running and upping my mileage. Honestly the more time you have on your feet, the better. Even if you go out for a short run…just get it in.
2. Go slow if you have to. I think the whole world of social media has convinced us that we always have to do everything harder, better, faster stronger. To me that is not always the case. When you are first starting out it’s just important to get that time on your feet so sometimes you don’t have to worry about your PACE. Especially in the summer time when you are about 30 seconds to a minute per mile slower. So just enjoy those miles…feel the wind hitting your face, and your feet hitting the pavement.
3. When it comes to intensity/speed (and mileage)…take baby steps and build a foundation. Then work your way up from there. Once you have a schedule of running consistently…then you can work on increasing your speed. Perhaps sign up for a goal race to have a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a great site you can check out for some ways to incorporate speed play into your workout.
4. Cross train. Do I sound like a broken record by now? Maybe. But find other ways to move your body besides running. My favorite way of keeping my endurance strong is with spinning/indoor cycling! It’s low impact and an awesome way to torch some calories and keep your cardiovascular system nice and strong.
5. Know not everything is going to be perfect. I think a lot of runners have a perfectionist mentality. And we beat ourselves up a lot about our pace, mileage and etc. But you are going to have bad days. You may have a kink or two with your body that you need to work out…perhaps with more rest or TLC. But ride the wave of distance running and know that if you just keep moving forward you are going to build up that endurance…and you’ll be good to go.
What are some ways you increase your endurance in training?