Spring Training is going strong for many CLA athletes right now. The (slightly) warmer, (somewhat) drier days with welcome light makes it a lot easier to get in training and more! When you are hitting your stride with training and life, don't forget that crucial component of recovery: quality sleep!
We've all been guilty of burning the candle at both ends trying to fit it all in. What does lack of sleep do for athletic performance?
Lately I have found myself sitting much more than I would like to or would have thought possible. More hours in front of the computer, helping kids with homework and sitting in traffic and in all reality, all I really want to do is move!
How many of you can relate?
An athlete came to me a few weeks ago asking what she could do at work when she had a few minutes and wanted to move but was in work clothes and could not get sweaty or take the time for a formal workout.
There are more and more studies that point to all the negative effects of inactivity on your body and even your brain that can come from long periods of sitting and inactivity. Did you know too much sitting can cause a decrease in energy (no excuse that you are resting to have more energy), a decrease in metabolism (even for those who work out regularly), back and spine issues, muscle imbalance issues (think of some of hamstring and hip flexor issues you or your friends may have), lack of focus and ability to concentrate and even depression. EEK!
Sometimes however, there just isn't a choice.
Since this was first brought up I have had some interesting conversations about what various people do when they get an itch to move and don’t have time to change or even get (that) sweaty.
A big part of what we highlight on social media are photos from our CLA Team Group Runs. Smiles rule the day at a group run for a lot of reasons. Even on a wet and windy day or a day you are just not feeling it, participating in a group run can help you get in your run by holding you accountable and company will often make the miles go quicker.
That said, it’s YOUR run and we want to make sure you are getting the most out of the group run so here are a few simple things to think about.
CLA Team Members compete in events all over the world and this highlight takes us to Ontario, Canada.
Recently Rebecca F completed Around the Bay Road Race. This 30k (18.6 miles) road race is one of the oldest running races on the continent as it was first held in 1894!
This race takes place in Hamilton, Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s a sneaky course in that the first 12 miles are flat and then hills kick in for the last miles. Like all of us, Rebecca was hoping to start off easy and run stronger at the finish. She wanted to practice fueling and the mental skills she has been working on.