I'm lovin' this breezy Florida fall with temperatures in the low to mid 80's! We have less humidity and cool breezes. We're still wearing flip flops and shorts but finally, "the runnin' is easy."
My cool weather goals are to increase my mileage. Yesterday I went out for a run at 7:20 p.m. My summer goal was to run a 5k a day. However, Meka the sidebar trainer, suggested I take one day off a week for recovery. Mostly I took Sundays as my day off from running. Mid-summer I realized I had a mental block of heading home by the time my 3.1 miles neared.
With the cooler breezes and drop in humidity I am increasing my mileage each week. Recommendations are an increase of 10 - 15% per week which decreases your chance of injury.
Last night I ran 3.56 miles and would have gone a bit longer but it was too dark. And although I was feeling good, I had reached my 15% goal.
Increasing my mileage will help me increase my weekly mileage! But it will also be a tool in preventing holiday weight gain. The season of feasting draws near and I do not want to be uncomfortable in my clothes for the next 3 months!
How about you? What are your running goals for this season and how do you avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain? If you live in a colder climate do you have to alter your running program?
I read an interesting article here on the benefits of a shorter stride.