Top Training Tips With Colin Jackson
Legendary hurdler, multiple Gold Medallist, world record holder and one of the most-loved athletes Great Britain has ever produced, Colin continues to be a fixture on our TV screens broadcasting, most notably as an integral part of BBC Athletics. Here he shares his top tips for training…
Approach Every Run With The Same, Positive Mindset
A positive mindset will get you started, help you through any challenges and get you over the finish line. Think of every run as a new adventure and a step towards your overall wellness.
Get Some Proper Running Gear
Proper running gear and trainers that fit are essential. Go to a running shop and have an expert check your stride to ensure you’ve got the right trainers for the job.
Run With A Friend, Or Use Your Favourite Tunes For Motivation
Having a friend to run with always helps, especially when you’re starting out or if it’s a long run. If you run alone, make a motivational playlist to see you through.
Don’t Injure Yourself Trying To Be A Hero
Building gradually will prevent injuries that could completely derail your training. Make sure you warm up before runs with some dynamic stretches. Afterwards, recovery is key. Stretching and proper hydration either side of a run will make sure you bounce back quickly for your next run.
Get A Mantra
At the start of a run, or whenever you hit a rough patch, repeat a positive phrase – Stay Strong, Light and Quick, Relax and Roll, Born to Run, All Miles are Good Miles. When you believe in yourself and think positive thoughts, you are more likely to perform your best. Reaching your full potential as a runner actually begins in your head.
Follow A Training Plan
Following a training plan will not only improve your pace, but the benefits will turn up in your everyday life, helping you stay focused on everything from work to family life.
It’s Not Just About What You Eat … But Also When
Everybody is different so experiment with different foods and meal times until you find what works for you. If you are planning to run in the morning, then get up early and eat a healthy breakfast to give you lots of fuel. If you run later in the day and eat a lot, you may feel the day’s meals weigh you down so it might be worth restricting your portion sizes.
Remember: Your Results Will Improve Gradually, Not Immediately
You’ll feel the mental benefits before you notice the physical ones. Running helps people sleep soundly, focus better and feel stronger and more energised. It can complement other exercises, too. Combine your runs with strength training and cross-training and you’ll get even more out of them. And remember, don’t get frustrated if you don’t see results right away – every run will bring you closer to them.
Reward Yourself By Celebrating Small And Big Wins
Chocolate in moderation is my go-to treat, find your treat and then reward your accomplishments.