When Weather Disrupts Your Half Marathon Training
Recently, many of us have been snowed in, iced up and frozen over. How do you cope when bad weather disrupts your half marathon training?
First of all, you really must be sensible. We know how frustrating it is when you can’t run outside because of snow and ice, we’ve all been there. But look at the bigger picture and try to see it as just one or two missed training runs in a very big half marathon training schedule. Running on snow and ice is likely to be a tense experience at best, or lead to injury at worst. If you fall or get injured, your half marathon training will be affected much more than it will be by missing a couple of runs.
Revisit Your Training Plan
Whilst you’re snowed in, look at your training plan and calendar. How many weeks until the half marathon? Can you afford a deload week? Or are you really up against it?Is this week critical or do you have enough of a buffer to be able to take a rest whilst the weather is bad?
Active Recovery And Cross-Training
Try to look on the bright side. Perhaps this enforced rest can be a good thing. You could spend the week doing all number of things which are you on your “I really should do…” list such as:
– foam rolling
– strengthening exercises
– shopping around (online of course) for new sportsbra and running shoes
– planning your post-race celebrations
– or rebalance life a little by spending time on non-running things: time with the kids, catching up with friends on the phone, household chores or planning a holiday!
Find An Alternative
If the weather looks set to stay and you really have to keep up with your half marathon training schedule, then find an alternative training method. Do you have a local gym with treadmills? It’s not ideal to train inside on a treadmill for an outdoor race but it’s better than nothing if time is of the essence. Are you lucky enough to know a friend with a treadmill at home? If you really can’t run, then get outside and walk. It’s a lot safer than running on snow and ice but provides a good cardiovascular workout and challenges the joints, muscles and connective tissue of the legs and hips.
If All Else Fails…
If the bad weather sets you too far back in your half marathon training, firstly accept our sympathy. But secondly, consider finding an alternative race two or three weeks later. Contact the organiser of your original goal half marathon and explain that you would like to withdraw your entry (they may offer to transfer it to another race). Then get focused on your new goal. Because the great thing about running is that it’s always there! Weather can’t keep you away from it for too long.