Training during the Lockdown
· You are allowed one period of outdoor exercise per day during the Lockdown – take full advantage!
· Use the extra time you have to warm-up properly at home before heading out
· This can involve stretching, or cardio vascular warm-ups such as star jumps. Set a level and increase gradually – 3 sets of 10 with 90’ in-between is a good start
· Use the stairs as a warm-up too. Can you climb them while holding your breath?!
· Going out a little later also gives you something to look forward to rather than to have finished by 08:00 with the rest of the day ahead
· Plan your route to avoid relatively busy areas such as parks and shopping centres
· Use the extra time to warm-down with gentle stretches
· If you’ve an exercise bike in the house use that to either split up running days (Monday, run – Tuesday, bike etc.) OR
Complete a second period of exercise OR ride it as part of your Warm Up or Warm Down
· If you don’t use on already start a training diary. Use it to log your mood about your run as well as time, course and Distance
· Keep in touch with running friends, clubs or groups via social media.
· As the summer (hopefully) warms up dress appropriately. It’s better to leave the house feeing an initial chill as you will warm up pretty soon
· As summer approaches ensure you’re well hydrated
· In very sunny days and you’re running in the afternoon stick to the shady side of the street if you can
· When it’s particularly warm, run your vest or T-shirt under the cold tap just before putting it on to run
· If you find your shoes starting to wear bear in mind that “Coventry Runner” have introduced a no postage fee initiative and are actually doing a doorstep delivery service for shoes and kit going to Coventry addresses!
· Coventry’s Festival of Running has 5 partner charities (UHCW, SWFT, Myton Hospice, Penny Appeal and Zoe’s Place). All have extra reasons for needing support at the moment and being sponsored for a good cause will give you an extra incentive to take part and keep training
· Enjoy it!!
Listen to Dave's full Q+A about training here