Spring Transitional Planning

Kelly Kissane

It’s spring! Cold and snow will soon be replaced by warmer weather. The hard winter training months are behind us and outdoor activities are ahead – fun runs, community walks, tough mudders, and marathons.  Are you ready?  As the seasons change and we transition into the warmer weather now is a great time to do some transitional planning.  

  1. It’s time to plan out your summer season. What events are you planning to do? Is your training on point for these events? Take some time today to sketch out where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing this summer.  What gaps do you see that need to be addressed?  Get out your planner, meet with your trainer, and fill in those gaps.
  2. What are your summer vacation plans? How will these fit in with your event? Plan out a few steps to incorporate your training schedule into your vacation plans. It might be wise to have a workout “Plan B” in case of weather changes, shifting plans, or facility closures.
  3. Warmer weather means wardrobe changes. Have you thought about changing up your gear? What changes do you need to be making?  What will you need on hand to get you through warm weather workouts: sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, extra water bottles…? 
  4. “Feet don’t fail me now”. It’s time to look at your footwear. Will you be investing in a new pair of sneakers this season?  Allow 2-3 weeks to break in new footwear before a race or event. Have you changed out your socks for the season to lighter, more breathable fabrics? Have you considered investing in a pair or two of compression socks?  Compression socks can help with endurance and speed up recovery time by boosting blood flow. 
  5. Warmer weather means hydration changes. A recent study by Loughrorough University found that a 5% drop in your body’s water level can cause a 25-30% loss in energy.  A smaller 3% drop can result in brain fog, fuzzy thinking, and a slower metabolism. The amount of water we need depends on a number of factors, including our size, activity level, stress level, the weather, and our diet. A good basic rule of thumb is to take your body weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2. This is the number of ounces of water that you should be drinking each day.  But this may not be the right number for you so tune in to what your body is saying.

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