Preparing for Summer Runs

May 18, 2018 / By: Julie Howsmon

The long-awaited arrival of summer sunshine and warmer weather welcomes loads of activities in the great outdoors! After a long winter of gym-only workouts, it can be difficult to get back in shape for that summer fun run or 10k you’ve got your eye on.

Summit County has a handful of runs to choose from. At an altitude of over 9,000 feet above sea level, we know that it is not always easy to hit the trail and run 7 miles right off the bat!

Not to worry, we’re here to guide you through the process and build up your endurance.

There are only three simple and actionable items on your part to get yourself ready for the run you have in mind.

The biggest piece of advice we can give is, have fun with it! Your journey is a marathon, not a sprint (no pun intended).

5k, 10k, half marathon, or the full 26.2, it is important to set a realistic goal for yourself. Review your race options, distance, and date of the race. Choose a run within reach. If you signed up for a full marathon 5 days from today, I’d admire your enthusiasm but realistically, that would not be treating your body well. Perhaps start small, a 5k first and then a 10k later on this summer. Between now and November 1st, there are 569 races in Colorado. There are so many to choose from, so don’t think the first is your one and only shot!

There are a handful of ways to prepare for your run. You could hire a personal trainer, Google search a plan or sign up for one of the many apps out there to get run ready! Popular apps include Couch to 5k, Strava, MapMyRun and our favorite, Nike Run Club. The best part about using an app is that you can create or join a running community. Participate in challenges and establish a group of good running friends to keep you accountable. Each app will design a curated training plan for you based on your activity and fitness levels, your race distance and weeks until your run! Using apps to train is a great way to keep yourself and your support system accountable for training!

Your planning, training, and hard work will not pay off unless you eat well, too! During your training, you will most likely be burning more calories than you normally do in day to day life. Therefore, your stomach and appetite will increase. It’s easy to reach for that bag of potato chips or order pizza in because you’re so exhausted from that long run outdoors. Try to avoid these temptations while training. Save the junk food as the reward for accomplishing your goal when you cross that finish line! There are lots of meal plans out there to try so do some research on what works best for you and your lifestyle! Personally, we’re a big fan of Fitness Mag’s article, “Fuel Your Run: Nutritition for Training and Racing.” 

Get Excited!

Here in Breckenridge, we have a couple running events coming up in the next two months! Join us for the Rob A. Millisor Heart Health Walk or 5k run on June 9th. Run for a good cause, support heart health initiatives and take in the beauty of Breckenridge on a trail run!

Another big race event is the Breckenridge Independence Day 10k Trail Run, this 4th of July!

Invite your Friends!

If you’re still dreading a summer race, spice it up by inviting your friends! Running doesn’t have to be a chore or a bore when you have your best buds by your side!

Run with Friends
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before participating in any activity or training program.