How do you warm up before an event?
Saturday, January 08, 2011
I just posted this on one of my teams, but thought I'd post it here, too.
Today I did my first 'long' run in awhile. 5 weeks ago I did a 9 miler & 3 weeks ago I did 5 miles. Besides that, I've been running about 3-3.5 mile runs.
So, today I jumped back in and did 5.5 miles. I do intervals and started out doing 2:1 (2 min run:1 min walk). After about 20 mins, I felt really warmed up and started running faster. I while later, I was feeling really good and went faster AND switched to 3:1. Then to 4:1. And finally to 5:1. I got faster & faster as the run went on and even sprinted at the end. It felt great!
Now, to my question... I've never really warmed up before my events except a little walking. (I've only competed in three 5Ks and one HM.) I've been afraid that I'll wear myself out & why would I ADD miles to my run??? But, today's workout made me realize that maybe I SHOULD be warming up. I seem to do best AFTER I've been running 20 minutes or so.
So, should I run some before the race? (Actually, I can't imagine doing it before a HM, but before a 5K or a 10K.) What do you do? And why?