Friday, January 26, 2018

All About Balance

Guess what, sometimes when we are training for races we get hyper focused. I know, it is super hard to believe. While it can be a good thing for some people, most of us need to find a healthy balance between life and training. Not only that, but did you know that focusing on balance can actually help you improve your running? All around balance is key when getting deep in to training.

Let's talk about life balance while training. I will be the first to admit, sometimes I fall down the training rabbit hole, I stay there. I become a shut in and really become obsessive. There are a few ways I have worked on this.

1. Make plans - It sounds so simple, but I often use the excuse of "I can't, I'm training for a marathon." That is not healthy. You need to have some other outlet or you will drive yourself crazy. Go out with some non-running friends. Stay up past 10pm. Why not even eat dessert. 

2. Conversation - If you are training for a race with friends, try to have conversations while running that aren't about running or training. For example, when I  train with my BRF we would watch the same tv shows and talk about them during our long run! This way even though we were still running, we weren't obsessing over paces or how many miles we were doing.

3. Other activities - It might seem weird, but because you are training for a race it does not mean you have to give up your other activities. For example, my husband golfs all summer long. He did this while training for his first marathon. It is a different type of outlet that doesn't need to be lost because you are training.

So a personal life balance is super important, but did you know having actual balance is super helpful for training? Balance is something most runner do not focus on. Did you know when you run you often times put most of your weight on one leg? Working on your balance, even a little bit each day, can really help boost your training and prevent injuries. Here are a few ways how.

1. Single leg workouts - I cannot stress enough how easy single leg workouts are to do at home in a few minutes. I love these from Competitor Group. After my first stress fracture I was told about working on my balance and these workouts really helped.

2. Barre and yoga - I swear, going to barre classes have really helped with my running. I notice my balance getting better at each class. The nice thing is you can progress at your own level. Also, talk to your instructors! They can always help give some more ideas.

3. BOSU ball - I do not have a full size BOSU ball, but I have smaller ones and make sure I do my squats and push-ups on them. Not only am I working on my balance, I am pulling in my core as well. Here are some BOSU ball workouts that I really like!

Adding some balance to your training will be good for you mentally and physically. Remember, your body is an amazing machine and it needs to be worked on. Take the time you need to be in balance. You will be happy you did!

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  1. This is so true! I didn't realize how much running and training ruled my life until I got sick last year and couldn't run at all. It was kinda refreshing to go out of town on the weekend at the spur of the moment and not worry about how I was going to get my miles in. Coming back to running now I have a very different outlook on things.

    1. It's crazy! Once I took some time and separated a little from running I really learned a lot!

  2. This. Is. So. Me. The rabbit hole thing....completely obsessed. But, I've embraced it while working on balancing out other aspects of my life. Great injury prevention tips, too! :D xo

    1. It's so easy to fall down that rabbit hole! I will totally keep you balanced if you need it!

  3. ABSOLUTELY!!!! I was just thinking, I need to keep balance (and sanity). This was a huge help!