This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pom and Millennial Blogs. As always, all opinions are my own.
Something a lot of people reading my blog might not know about me is that I used to be a runner in high school, and a good one at that. I ran varsity Cross Country and Track and ended up going to state my junior year. A few health problems knocked my on my behind senior year and my running career sort of ended there, despite getting better. Recently I started regularly working out with my boyfriend, focusing on cardio and weights, and it’s made me remember how much I love running.
With my rekindled love for running as strong as ever, I’ve decided that this summer I want to run a half marathon with my friend, Jared. The only problem is that I haven’t ran competitively for over two years now, and I am definitely not in shape to be racing. Time is on my side, though, and I have at least five months to get back in shape, so I’m going for it!
Of course, the two big components of getting in shape are nutrition & exercise, so I developed a routine that will have me not only ready to race a half marathon this summer, but hopefully ready to win. (In my age division, at least.) In case anyone has big half marathon dreams like me, I thought that I would share my best tips for getting in shape and ready to race!
- Eat your greens! I have salad with lunch & dinner. Not only does it help fill me up so I don’t binge on unhealthy foods later, but it’s also super nutritious! If you’re not big on eating your veggies, you could also try green smoothies, too!
- Stop the soda! During cross country it was drilled in my head that soda is the worst possible thing you can drink as a runner. Luckily, there are plenty of healthier alternatives! I love different juices (no sugar added!) mixed with bubble water. Right now my favorite is using Pom Pomegranate Juice. It’s just the right mix of sweet and tart!
- Skim milk. I am not a big milk drinker, but after a workout I try and force a cup down. Milk helps repair any damage to your muscles meaning a faster recovery and less soreness!
- Antioxidant rich foods! Antioxidants should be in everyone’s diet, but especially athletes. Foods rich in antioxidants are cherries, walnuts, pinto beans, and pomegranates.
- Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Run! If you are training for a half-marathon (or any race!) you are going to want to make sure that you have enough stamina to get you across the finish line. So run varying distances, and be comfortable running even further than the distance you intend to race.
- Cross Train. Cross training is a fantastic way to become a better runner. Biking and swimming are both great ways to cross train and improve your fitness levels.
- Stretch – this is always the most boring part of a workout for me, but it’s so necessary. Stretching after every workout will help prevent injuries!
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