It’s that time of year where we all start thinking of what we can do to up our fitness levels (especially if we overindulged over Christmas and New Year’s) and also start looking for something to commit to that gets us out of our house.
With this in mind we thought it would be a great time to reach out to our running/athletic community and ask them to share some winter training ideas to keep you energized and focused.
In High River we spoke with Lisa Szabon-Smith owner/operator/head coach of THE HUB to garner some advice on what should be looked at in training for summer marathons. THE HUB had eight participants in the 2017 Servus Credit Union High River Half Marathon.
Szabon-Smith offered a few tips as well as some insight as to why keeping up or even starting your training now will help you achieve your goals, “Most important point is that if you are an avid runner keep up your running until the weather forces you inside and shorten your distances.”
“Once the weather takes over go into recovery and strengthening exercises instead. Using a gym will give you the most benefit at this time to address any niggling physical issues you may have.” Szabon-Smith also added, “Hiring a trainer or a coach who can help you identify any running mechanic errors or weaknesses you may be encountering can be very effective.”
Typically runners have issues with their core and hips for the most part but a lot of times when you don’t have a foundation of basic leg strength or even arm strength your running can be impacted. This is because even the way you swing your arms affects how fast you are moving and it’s attached to the cadence or tempo of your movement in your run. And also how strong your chest muscles are because those muscles impact your ability to breath and fill your lungs.
This is why developing an overall body work out is key along with also making sure you are working on your core.
Szabon-Smith notes, “If you core is weak everything will be weak.”
If you are interested in a great overall body work out THE HUB offers a 12-week training program that you can start at any time, it runs well with running training. They also offer a variety of other training programs aimed at different age groups and have a great team of trainers.
For THE HUB the goal is to have an even bigger running team this year and if they achieve this goal they plan to organize a specific training program in April utilizing the NDC track. This training will also be part of the Rugged Maniac Race at Spruce Meadows on July 28, 2018.
So if you are looking for something to keep you focused on your fitness goals whether they are new or not. Or if you are looking for a great group of people to hang out with THE HUB gym community is a great place to start. You can gain more info at the http://thehubpt.com/
Keeping goal setting in mind there is still time to qualify for early bird sign-up fee at the http://www.highriverhalf.com/
Donations and funds raised through the 2018 Servus Credit Union High River Half Marathon support many individuals who access the Foothills Advocacy In Motion Society services. FAIMS supports over 100 adults with developmental disabilities who work in High River, Okotoks and Strathmore. On behalf of all staff and clients from FAIMS we wish to extend our thanks and we hope that you will continue to participate in the annual Servus Credit Union High River Half Marathon and Fun run.
On behalf of Foothills Advocacy In Motion Society thank you for your continued support and enjoy the training!