NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!
Q: How do you stay sane as you go from preparing for a race, to getting injured and back again?
If you find that you are in a pattern of regularly getting injured after you train for a race, you might want to take a second look at your training. Make sure that you slowly increase your volume and intensity over time and don’t do too much too soon. Include proper warm-up and cool-down routines as well as rest days to maintain a balance between stressing the body and recovering.
Training consistently is important to your overall development as a runner. While it is tempting to get excited and push yourself from race to race, be sure to take some downtime in between. Stay patient and relax, enjoy the process—a happy mind and body is a healthy mind and body.
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