REMAINING FIT IN THE WINTER
There are times when running in Winter just isn’t an option – torrential downpours and icy snow can create dangerous and challenging conditions for runners. Luckily, there are alternative workouts which don’t require tackling the elements outdoors. Below we’ll run through three different activities and some Threshold tips towards these running alternatives.
1. Gym, strength, and conditioning for running
While strength training for runners does not have a direct impact on running speed, it does have many benefits that can make the training much more effective.
One of the most important benefits is that strength training helps to increase muscle mass and strength, which in turn improves your running ability. This means that runners are able to cover more ground in the same amount of time, which reduces the amount of energy they need to expend in order to cover the same distance. Strength training also helps improve your balance and coordination, both of which are essential for ultra-marathon running.
Strength training can also help you reduce your injury risk by improving your muscular endurance and stamina. In fact, some studies have shown that regular strength training can even help you perform better at ultra-marathons than those who don’t train at all!
Questions to ask yourself.
- What is my goal?
- What is my capability?
- What are the ideal rep ranges?
You can also try Time Under Tension (TUT) activities to help you focus on slow, controlled movements. TUT training has been shown to have a variety of benefits for the body and mind. These include improved mood, increased energy levels, better sleep quality, and stronger cognitive function.
2. Adding Yoga to your weekly running schedule
It can be easy to neglect the basic needs of stretching and push our bodies over our limits. Yoga will enhance your balance and strength, improve your running focus, and most importantly increase breathing control.
Take advantage of joining a local class to meet some friends or feel more comfortable in guided classes in the comfort of your home with a few of our favourite instructors: Clare Bethan, Stacey Cooper or Saffron Walden.
3. Adding Pilates to your weekly running schedule.
By incorporating Pilates into your weekly schedule this low-cortisol and low-impact exercise is a great way to reduce overall stress. Benefits of Pilates can also reduce injury and improve breathing techniques and one’s energy efficiency.