Race season is around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to train through summer! Especially for those living in colder climates, taking advantage of the sunshine and warm weather is a must. There are plenty of great workouts you can do from home, at your local track or park, or at the gym to get you ready for race season! Here are five of our favorite workouts to get you ready for race season. Don’t forget to pin your favorites for easy access later!
Once you’ve built up a bit of an endurance and can run a few miles comfortably, try breaking up your workout with some bodyweight exercises! The Hell’s 5k is kind of like an interval workout, but instead of walking/jogging and running/sprinting, you incorporate a few movements to challenge your muscles in a completely different way. While a 5k is a tough enough workout on its own, the addition of sit-ups, squats, and those dreaded burpees makes it all the more difficult.
Your core helps keep everything functioning at its best! While runners often think about how important it is to keep their hamstrings, quads and glutes strong, they may forget how important it is to keep their core strong as well. Keeping your core engaged while running is necessary, so having a stronger core means your running form (and the way you feel during races!) will be greatly improved. The Core Slider is a great tool to add a challenge to some basic movements. Check out the short workout guide below, or download The Ultimate Core Workout Guide for a complete total-body workout that will strengthen and get your body ready for race season.
Jump Rope Workout
A full-body workout is at your fingertips, and all you need is a jump rope! This tough circuit incorporates jump roping, sit-ups, push-ups, squats and more. With your heart rate up and recovery consisting of bodyweight movements, this is one fun (but tough!) workout that will get you ready for race season.
We’re huge proponents for active recovery and one of our favorite ways to stretch and recover is yoga! Each of the poses below will provide you some much needed movement after a long run, while strengthening your core, helping to prevent lactic acid build-up and stretching so many of the muscles that you work during a long run, such as your hamstrings, quads, glutes and more. With the addition of a yoga wheel and strap, many of these poses can be enhanced.
Steady-state running is great to train your muscles to handle endurance, but intervals and hills can help get you there faster! Adding some hill work into your training plan will make you stronger and help get your endurance up just in time for race season.
Race season will be here before you know it and we hope that this guide will help you feel stronger and ready to tackle whatever races you have on your calendar this year!