I gotta say, training for this half-marathon has been a blast. I haven’t made a video in a couple weeks because it didn’t seem like people were finding them interesting. But I am still going strong. This past Sunday I did my first ever 10 mile run, and smashed it. I felt like I could have definitely kept going, heck maybe even ran a half marathon that day. But I am sticking to the plan in order to avoid getting injured. Here are some of the most important things I’ve learned:
- Consistency is King. You gotta do all the runs on your schedule. Right now I do 4 a week. Yes, sometimes I miss one of the smaller ones, but if you want to build endurance and speed, you gotta stick to the program. Good news is, if you stick to the program, you reap the rewards.
- You gotta eat enough. Now that I’m running 20-25 miles/week my appetite has gone up from 3300 cal/day to around 4000 cal/day. If I don’t eat enough of the healthy stuff, I tend to binge on the junky stuff (burritos, anyone?). So I have to consciously try to prepare more food than normal to keep up with my appetite.
- You gotta sleep enough. I’ve been working at this for years, but now it’s more important than ever. I try to shut electronics down an hour before bed so that I have an easier time falling asleep. I’ve also been working in extra sleep on the weekends and have even taken short naps after my last few long runs. Sleep or die.
- You gotta stretch after runs. In the past I used to be able to get away without stretching after some of my runs (but not every time) and I would be OK. Now, it’s mandatory. If I don’t do it I usually end up cramping up later and getting sore the next day.
- Foam rolling saves the day. My foam roller is my secret weapon to stay soreness-free. Whenever I start feeling like my muscles are tight or I’m getting some soreness, I turn on heavy metal and roll it out for 3-5 minutes on the floor. Best ever.
Vegan Gym Rat is a blog about health, fitness, and pushing your limits on a plant based diet. You can get in touch with me via email ironcladben at mailbolt dot com or on twitter @IronCladBen