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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Weekend Running Tips: How to Set Yourself Up for Success When All You Want to do is Brunch

Tomorrow will be Friday, and whether or not you have an office job, the weekends can actually be a busy time for most of us. For those in the suburbs, there are backyard projects to complete and leaves to be raked. For us city folk, there are brunches to attend and apartment cleaning to catch up on. For me, I have to work a few different jobs, brunch, clean my room, AND get a run in. It's a tough life, I know. Here are a few tips to stay on top of your game this weekend and also have a nice time:

1. Run on Friday: You might actually have to get up early to make this happen, but get a morning run out of the way on Friday will make you feel less guilty about extra calories you may consume at Happy Hour.

2. Pick a Weekend Day: Whether you choose Saturday or Sunday, make ONE of those days an "off" running day, and the other an "on" running day. Set yourself up for success by making a realistic goal for the weekend--run or workout one day and rest the other. It can't get any easier than that.

3. Stay hydrated: Between Friday night's Happy Hour and Sunday Brunch, what you drink will definitely affect your performance. Pick one day to let loose if you must, and take it easy the rest of the weekend. If you are going to consume alcohol, make sure you are also drinking water, and try to swap a sugary drink (smoothies, soda, lattes, etc.) for plain h2O.

4a. Don't try to run hungover and 4b. plan accordingly:  I have sad news, but if your head hurts, and you are sweating beer or Jameson, you are too hungover to workout...right now. Drink some water, eat some toast, go back to bed, and try again in a couple of hours. Although it may seem like a good idea to try to sweat out toxins on the treadmill, you are only going to dehydrate yourself further and put yourself more at risk for injury. Wait it out, or try again tomorrow.

5. Get plenty of rest: Thankfully, the weekend allows some of us the luxury of sleeping in. Use this chance to catch up on much needed rest. If you are planning on a weekend race, go to bed early and use the time as some much needed "you-time". Cook yourself a nice dinner, read a book in bed, watch a crappy tv show, write a letter to your grandma, etc. Do something nice and quiet.

6. Skip a run and try a new activity: Take a walk with a friend through the neighborhood after brunch, try a new yoga class, or go rock climbing at a new gym. There are so many things you can do that are active--change up your routine so you don't get bored of hitting the pavement all the time.

7. What I like to call the Golden Rule of Weekends--set realistic goals for yourself--socially, mentally, and physically: You do not have to go to every single wedding, party, bbq, concert, artshow, etc., and you do not have to run every race. Slow down and take care of yourself. Yes, you can sleep when you're dead, but one night of staying home or missing one event never killed anyone. Use your weekend to recharge so that you can actually take Monday by the horns and be a badass.

Happy Running,

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