Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CARA Summer Half Marathon Training Program Kickoff

Universal Sole Muscle Milk

Last night was the CARA Summer Half Marathon Training Program Kickoff at the newly opened Universal Sole location in downtown Chicago.  It was also a great opportunity to meet some fellow ZOOMA Chicago Ambassadors - and to sample some Muscle Milk Light products.

ZOOMA Chicago ambassadors
ZOOMA Chicago Ambassadors (left to right) - Sierra,  Sara, Lauren, Katie and Kelly (photo courtesy of Kelly)

The evening started off with a 3.3 mile run followed by an overview of the training program, proper shoe fit, injury prevention, speed training and sports psychology.  Some helpful tips from the evening:

  • Proper shoe fit is essential for injury prevention.  Before starting a training program, runners should go to a running store with knowledgable staff to be fitted for both type and size of shoe.
  • Perform dynamic stretches as part of your warm up.  After a proper cool down, stretch again.
  • Roll out hamstrings, quads and calves with a "rolling pin" or foam roller.
  • Strength training exercises should be done 2-3x/week to strengthen opposing muscle groups and to build a strong core.

Training for a half marathon is a big commitment, but with hard work and discipline, you'll finish the the race injury-free and hopefully make some lasting friendships along the way.

And with that - my 15 week training program for the ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon has begun!  Check back on Tuesdays to see how it's going.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good time, hoping to get in on some of your ZOOMA training runs!


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