1) Find your sports crew and get out the door!
In endurance sports, the buddy system works. Join one of the new urban running crews, a running tribe like November Project, or start your own group, or join a running club in the Bay Area. You don’t have to log your miles alone if you don’t want to. Many seasoned endurance athletes know solo workouts are necessary and even enjoyable, but find comradery and the push they need by mixing it up with a group or having a workout buddy, especially for early morning or late evening training. With running, swimming, cycling or whatever your sport, chances are you can connect with a group of like-minded athletes.
2) Interval train, rest and repeat. Who doesn’t want to be faster?
You can do this swimming, running, biking, on the rowing machine, in a HIIT class. Add once a week and see the improvement in form, speed, and weight loss. You feel too old, too inexperienced to hit the track and do track repeats? Guess what? The latest study says intense interval training especially benefits you as you age. So yes, it is never too late to start exercising, nor is age an excuse.
Here is a good refresher on how to add speed workouts to your running. Always remember as you train that you want to build a base of solid strength and then add mindfully with designated days for rest and recovery. Train hard, but don’t overtrain.
3) Get inspired!
Look to and learn from athletes of all ages who are training and racing well. What are they doing to maintain and build their fitness? Long-term thinking in your sport will reward you with hopefully many years of enjoyment and improvement.
4) Sign up for it now. Make it a reality!
How many of us say “Oh I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon, trail race, or 50k …” or whatever your athletic pipe dream is. Go ahead and sign up for this new endurance challenge! Do your first triathlon (Here are some tips). Do an Iron Man Triathlon. Do your first ultra (Lots of info here).
5) Don’t be afraid to be a newbie.
Find a new, out-of-your-comfort-zone goal and go after it. After you cross the finish line, chances are, you will be hooked. Not only does chasing your endurance adventure keep you fit, but it is also amazing to see what you can accomplish as an athlete. Don’t be surprised if you start inspiring others too!
Enjoy your journey!
All the best,
Got Vitamin B12 Team
In : B12 for recovery
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