#RoadTo: Triathlon – Running

Stichting, heavy legs and the desire to stop and breathe. If these feelings are not new to you, then you have probably already been running at least once. Whether as entry into the world of sports or as the last discipline in a triathlon, running is one of the most popular endurance sports of today. In this post of my#RoadTo: Triathlon series, I want to introduce you to my personal approach to running and motivate you to do some running yourself!

Have you missed the previous articles of the #RoadTo: Triathlon series? Then you should definitely read them here: #RoadTo: Triathlon – The Beginning.

The beginning

Running has always been very important to me. After I took a break form sports for about 2 years at the age of 13, running was responsible for igniting my athletic ambitions, as they are part of my life nowadays.

During school, I had the chance to run outside during class. My teacher suggested a very ambitious route for the motivated students, which qickly brought us to our limits. Most of us gave up after the first time, but I did not. Why? I can not say for sure, but part of me wanted to finish the route without taking a break and I knew I could do it!

Many weeks later, only I was left, but my ambitions had already taken over. Not only during the gym lessons, but also almost every day in my free time I was running. In the end I finally managed to finish my first running route without breaks. And I kept running.

Hill sprints, one of your favorite alternatives to running long distances!

My athletic career has changed quite a lot since then. Even though running has temporarily disappeared from my training schedule, this sport still has a special meaning for me.

With regard to the triathlon, however, my approach to running changed quite a bit. Instead of “simply running” as before, a tactical approach was crucial to perform my best. As described in the first article of this series, I knew my pulse ranges for the different training zones after my sport-scientific examination – and this knowledge had to be used!

A triathlon is preferably run in the A1 range, the basic endurance range. So I had to complete my training primarily in this range and ideally extend it even further. This was a very interesting experience for me, because I have never run so slowly! The running was therefore comparatively pleasant at the beginning and after a few months, this approach showed success.

Over time I was able to slowly increase my speed, while my heart rate was still in the basic endurance range, just what I wanted to achieve!

What’s next?

Basically, I will continue to do my running training as described, trying to get faster, while keeping my pulse in the basic endurance range.

However, since I already feel pretty well-prepared in terms of running, I will also start to pair my running- with my cycling sessions. That way, I will gradually prepare my body for the burden of a triathlon.

Fog or snow, doesn’t matter. Running outside is the best way to clear my mind!

Running only for the triathlon?

As already described, running is very important to me even beyond the triathlon. I also regularly tackle obstacle courses like the Spartan Race or events like Redbull 400, which makes constant running training indispensable to me anyway.

In my opinion, running is one of the easiest ways to become active in sports or to start with endurance sports. Each of us has been running in one way or another. Furthermore, it is a natural pattern of movement that everyone is familiar with. You also need very little equipment to run for the first time. Simple running shoes and sportswear are perfectly sufficient to tackle the first few kilometers!

You’re flexible and free, you can put on your running shoes anytime and just start running! While running, you can quickly create a solid base for your further athletic development and spend time outside

Of course, running is not for everyone. If you already have knee problems, as it is the case for me, running may increase them. In this case, you should consult an orthopedist or possibly resort to a joint-friendly endurance sport such as cycling!

Are you motivated to put on your running shoes and go for a run right now? Let me know in the comments!
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