Looking to run a road race this fall? Preparing your son or daughter to join the cross-country team? Just want to shed a few of those hibernation pounds? Nothing like a good jog on the Lakeshore Path or a run through the Arboretum to get yourself ready for the upcoming year! Experienced runner or novice jogger can “shape up” in a matter of 6-8 weeks by following a couple of simple rules.
• Train a minimum of four days a week. If you’ve never run before, start by using a combination of walking/jogging for a couple of miles every other day. If you’re an experienced runner start at a daily mileage you feel comfortable with.
• Increase your distance by about 10% a week. (i.e., if you just ran 25 miles, move up to 28, then 31, etc.) For variety, add in a short temp run by increasing your pace to the point where it just becomes difficult to converse. Once a week, try to go “long and slow.” A good mid-preseason schedule might have two easy runs, one tempo run, one long run and one medium distance run.
• Vary the scenery and the terrain. Madison has so many wonderful places to enjoy. And don’t forget to keep yourself well-hydrated!
• Go for a family run! Baby joggers (for children up to four) and bicycles can be a great way to get everyone involved in the outing!