from Nutrion and Wellness Solutions by Heather Fink, MS, RD, CSSD
The new year is an exciting time for setting fitness and nutrition goals. Many runners, walkers and triathletes decide to challenge themselves by setting goals of going faster or farther. The first step to achieving that goal is to find a program that will ensure safe and effective training. The following questions and answers will provide some direction for finding the best program to help you achieve your 2014 goals.
What type of race and distance would be enjoyable for you?
In central Indiana, there are many opportunities to participate in organized events. Give some thought to what type of race would be fun for you: a charity 5K, a large half marathon, a rugged trail race, a sprint triathlon, a half Ironman triathlon, an open water swim, an obstacle run, etc. Once a decision is made regarding the type of race and distance, you can start looking for an appropriate training program or protocol.
How do you find a training protocol that will be safe, effective and FUN!
There are many sources of training protocols, programs and workout ideas. Consider one or more of the following options to determine what would be most effective for you:
What else should you consider to ensure safe and effective training?
There are three other aspects of training for an event that are critical: have the right gear, include cross training in your weekly routine, and implement a personalized nutrition plan. The staff at Runners Forum will make sure that you have the right gear and appropriate shoes for any walking, running or multisport event. Cross training is any form of exercise that is different from your main sport. For example, runners should consider including strength training, biking and/or swimming in their weekly routines. Cross training helps to decrease the risk for injury, allows muscles to recovery more fully, and adds variety into your program. Runners Forum has been hosting yoga classes at their various locations which would be an excellent form of cross training! Finally, you will need to ensure that your daily nutrition and hydration needs are being met. By the mid-point of your training protocol, you should also have a proposed race day nutrition plan in place that can be practiced and tweaked before your big event.
Good luck and have fun achieving your 2014 goals!
If you are interested in developing a personalized nutrition plan, contact Heather Fink for an appointment. Heather can be reached at 317-443-6811 or Heather@NutritionWellnessSolutions.org. Learn more about Heather on her website: www.NutritionWellnessSolutions.org.
If you are training for a 5K, 10K or half marathon, consider the book Heather has written titled the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. The book contains fitness walking, run/walk and experienced exerciser protocols for each race distance. The book is sold at all Runners Forum locations.
For questions, or to schedule a coaching session, contact:
Heather Fink, MS, RD, CSSD
Nutrition and Wellness Solutions, LLC
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