So one of my key training goals this year is to make a weekly focus to improve my running. Daily habit strategies that I know I need to work on in order to become a better runner. The idea being if I can focus now on these opportunities to improve, they will be ingrained habits by the time I start really training for that goal race a year from now.
Two weeks ago it was hydration. I will focus on drinking a whole lot more water throughout the day, not just pre, post or during runs. That first week was great. I could literally feel a difference upon downing a glass of fresh Thornhill water. I just felt better. My heart rate during runs was more stable, so there was a notable difference.
The second week the focus slipped a touch in the second week, partly because I was focusing on the second new habit, which we'll get to in a second. But I think the hydration will not be problem here in week three with the Prince Rupert event this coming weekend. I'll be motivated to be my best for Sunday, even though it is not a goal race and I'm not going to be at my best. That being said, I'm still looking for a strong performance.
The second week's goal was improving my flexibility. Specifically I was focusing on hip flexibility. I am notoriously inflexible and getting worse with age. I'm excited to attend an upcoming runner's specific yoga session. Over the next numbers of weeks I will expand my flexibility focus, but for now it it my hips so that I can achieve better leg lift in my running.
This focus has not quite caught on like the hydration challenge. I have a number of stretches and exercises I have put together for 20 minute routine I should be doing every other day or more. I've been a bit hit-and-miss on this. Again, with the Rupert event this weekend, it should be easy to improve that here in week 2.
It's time to introduce a new opportunity. And this one is one I can focus on every run I do, so that will give me 5-6 opportunities each, totalling some 6-8 hours. That should be plenty of time to focus. The new focus is to be lean properly in my runs. Leaning from the ankles on the flats, leaning more from hips on the downhills. Engaging the core and glutes. Basically it is all designed to allow me to run more efficiently. I don't want to run harder than everyone else on the starting line come race day. I want to run smarter.
Enjoying a pre-race massage will also help loosen up those hips. I hope it enables me to limber up just that much more.