Tri Talk Tuesday – The RUN

Can you believe it’s already Tuesday again? Where does the time go! I’m all linked up with Cynthia from You Signed Up For What and Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete again for another addition of Tri Talk Tuesday!

Today we’re once again moving through the swim-bike-run foundation of triathlon and talking about The RUN.

If you know anything about me you’d know that I’ve been running for many years now. I first joined my school’s modified track team at age 12 and haven’t looked back since. There were a few years here and there were my running was on-again-off-again, but I’ve always considered myself a runner. 

So imagine my surprise the first time I ran off my bike. That’s not how running legs should feel! I’ve written on the importance of brick workouts before and will still suggest them up and down until I’m blue in the face. 

My first time experiencing the feeling that is dead leg weight post bike was in my first triathlon. I didn’t really practice bricks before hand and I launched out of transition in a flurry of excitement only to end up walking about three minutes later. Triathlon teaches you a lot and in this race I learned that, like all the things in life, you should transition with some grace and pace. 

Running is one of those things that is kind of personal to some people. For me, I love it and it acts as a cathartic release for me a lot of the time. Regardless of whether you love running or hate it, if you’re doing triathlons it’s obviously a big component of your time, effort, and training. So, here are a few things to consider to make your run more relaxed and less painful.

1. Maintain good form- you don’t have to execute it perfectly, but good form will help prevent injuries and make you more comfortable when running so it sucks less (if you’re the type to think running sucks or are having an off day). 

2. Vary your workout- whether this means getting off the treadmill and outside, or finding new routes to run. No sense in being bored when there is a whole big world to run and explore. 

3. Have a goal- while sometimes I just go out for a run simply to run, 99% of the time I’m out there with a goal. Be it distance, time, pace, or training for something, I find having something to work towards to be motivating. Have a reason to run and it will give you something to focus on and work for and by proxy will make it more exciting.  

Running should make you feel good both physically and mentally. Stay positive and keep pounding that pavement. The right attitude and work ethic will allow you to love running. I always say running is my zen and I believe it can be anyone’s zen with the right mindset. 

Next week’s theme is transition! So get your transition area ready to go! Also, if you plan to link up please be sure you’re participating in the theme of the week

Running – love it or hate it?
What do you do to make sure you enjoy a run?

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7 Replies to “Tri Talk Tuesday – The RUN”

  1. I have not yet built a brick workout into my training…this weekend it will be on my list. I’m not familiar with ‘linking in’….what do you mean?

  2. Practising brick workouts is like my #1 tip for beginners, just because I shudder in horror at the idea of somebody feeling that “heavy legs” feeling for the first time on race day.

  3. I agree, practicing the bike to run transition is so important. One definitely needs to get used to the wobbly leg feeling when you get off the bike. I started out running, so it’s the area that gives me the least amount of stress. Plus, the run is the last thing and you’re that much closer to the finish line!

  4. Great tips! I really need to work on my form. I just recently hurt my knee and it gets really painful around mile 2. It will subside if I concentrate really hard on striking my mid foot vs. my heel. Not a fan of running but now that I can’t run I am feeling even worse. Thanks for the link up every Tuesday!

  5. As someone who started out running and who feels pretty confident about my running technique and abilities, last year I was completely humbled when I did a half ironman distance duathlon without doing any bricks. I figured that running was the “easy” part and that if I could make it through the bike, I would be home free. Well, to my surprise, I nearly collapsed about 1/2 mile into the run and was panicking about being able to complete the half marathon. I eventually regrouped, took the first couple miles easy, and then got back into my groove, but boy what I put in my place. Bricks are SO important!

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