Josh’s Quest for the Boston Marathon Part #2

This week’s training, overall, went very well. I finished the week off with an 8 miler that I ran in just over 50 minutes. I seem to be holding steady, if not surpassing, my goal of maintaining a 7minute mile pace for the entire duration of the marathon.

Part of my progress so far definitely has to be credited to the warm-up and cool-down routines I have been doing before and after each of my runs. Preparing the body before a workout is something that is often short-changed, or worse, left out altogether. Just the other day I was looking through a college football off season training schedule and it had no stretching before the workout and only ten minutes of it afterwards. It even said “very important” next to the stretching, but then failed to give any instruction as to what stretches to do.

This is merely one example of how we, at Train2move, differ from the majority. As part of the Marathon Package we are constructing  specific warm-up and cool-down routines that will help put your body in a position to perform as efficiently as possible, as well as greatly reducing the chance of injury. In the meantime we posted a good running warm-up in our running efficiency training section of the blog. Check it out to see an example of one of our running warm-ups. Also make sure you visit the post on why a proper cool-down.

I can remember back before I trained with Scott and Trinity Sports and I almost never did any form of a warm-up. Now I understand why I had the pain symptoms that I did. I can’t even imagine trying to go through an intense workout without first doing some form of preparation. Simply put, the warm-up and the cool-down, which is designed to help neutralize any negatives from the workout, are extremely vital to the continued success regarding my own training and any athlete for that matter. 

This upcoming section of training will have five runs over the next ten days, including a long run in the 16-17 mile distance range. Thank you to those that commented on the first post, your words were a great encouragement. Again, if you are a runner or walker with a story, comment, or an update of your own we would love to hear from you!

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  1. coach S said:

    Josh, I like what you said about a proper warm-up. I know some people who like to just get up from bed or after sitting for a while and just start working out. No wonder many of them begin to get pain symptoms in their bodies! The body needs to be prepared for hard activity by warming up so it can function the way its supposed to without compensation. Good post!

    August 1st, 2009 at 12:55 am

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