Houston Gathering Training Strategy Week Twelve

Whether you are training a puppy or dog, the basics remain the same. However, it is true that some dogs are aggressive and need special training. Whatever be his nature, you should train your dog lovingly and regularly. By doing this, you can build that special bond with your pet. Being harsh to your pet dog will worsen the scenario, and you will have to resort to professional help to change his behavior.

It was her story that inspired me to challenge myself to start writing. I used Connie’s story as motivation to keep me on track as it helped to give me the confidence to see this through to the finish.

To relieve muscle soreness, prevent injury and improve your overall flexibility, it’s important that you stretch your calves, quads, and hamstrings after each run – especially the long run. On the day following your long run, make sure you stretch every muscle group including your arms and shoulders – they, too, can become stiff from all the swinging while you run. Hold each stretch for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

I believe anyone can run a marathon if they follow a marathon training plan and start off their training with a certain base of strength and endurance. A good base test would be: Can you run a mile without stopping? If you can, then great! Get started on your marathon training with a training plan.

Bicep Curl: A great exercise for the biceps and elbow flexors, it can be done using bars, free weights, and even water bottles. For the exercise, you need to grasp the bar in a closed, supinated grip that is more than shoulder-length apart. With feet shoulder-length apart and knees slightly bent, raise the arm in an arc from the elbow. Move it towards the shoulder, and then lower the bar till the arms are fully extended.

The Milwaukee Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program will begin recruiting in September for the P.F. Change Rock n’ Roll Arizona Full and Half Marathon (race in January of 2010) and The Rock n’ Roll Mardi Gras Full and Half Marathon (Feb. 2010).

Reward yourself – When you reach your milestones and final goal give yourself a reward. Don’t just have a reward for reaching your goal, give yourself a reward for reaching each milestone. This will serve as extra motivation along the way.

Lastly, vary your routines. Running the same path can become tedious. Try different areas. The path along the Farmington river one weekend, and a run along the shore of Old Saybrook the next, for instance. A change in scenery makes all the difference in the world. Watch this space in the future for more information regarding routes. Also, if you have suggestions or comments about the course, let me know at guy.tucker@snet.net.

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