This may sound like me repeating things again to you, but to get the idea across about how important some things are, this article below was written by David Tiefenthaler in “Tips for Running”
There are three ways to approach the preseason running. First you can join another sport to keep you active. You’ll stay in decent shape, but not necessarily running shape. The second option is to run distance runs consistently. This is a great way to improve your aerobic strength that is necessary for any race 800 meters or longer. If you’re really serious about dominating during the track or cross country season, then mix in some running workouts along with your distance runs. Below are even more details on how to make the preseason count.
So you want the full explanations of my preseason tips. Wonderful! Remember, knowledge is power. You want to get that edge, so keep reading.
1. Set a preseason training goal. You have to know what you are working towards to see big improvements. Make sure they are smart goals. Every week you need to set a new goal that helps you build towards your total preseason training goal, and ultimate racing goal.
2. Don’t increase your distance by more than 10% each week. That means if you put in 30 miles one week, the next should be only up to 33. You can keep adding up the miles week to week, but be smart. Doubling your miles from one week to the next is a recipe for disaster.
3. Do you have new running shoes? Chances are, you probably have your old cross country or track training shoes. Go out and get a new pair if they are 6 months old, if you put 300+ miles on them, or if they are worn down. Your shoes provide the only barrier between you and the rough terrain. (Well, I guess your socks are there too.)
4. Get a running buddy. This is the fastest way to promote team success as well. Find someone near your own ability and get out there. It is easier to get out the door when another person is meeting you to run.
5. Stay active. Don’t just run in the preseason. Do some cross training by biking, or swimming at the local pool. Play some games like basketball, soccer, or ultimate frisbee. Get that heart rate up. Don’t sit and rot in front of a TV screen or computer monitor.
6. Training in the summer requires some necessary precautions. Stay hydrated, wear your sunscreen, and get the right clothes for the heat.
There you have it. It is easy to exactly how to get into great shape, but it’s much harder to do. Are you committed? Do you have what it takes? Set your goals high and stay motivated. Follow these preseason tips, get out that door and make it happen.