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 (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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