What I Learned This Training Season

Posted on February 15th, 2014 in Blog.

We like to think when it comes to fitness, we step up to the challenge. Sure, we develop and implement the technology that powers the mobile and web products our millions of users worldwide use, but of the 100 employees who work at MapMyFitness, a majority of us are athletes. Whether we are testing the latest build of our mobile apps on the trails or strapping on a new fitness tracking device, we cover a lot of miles.

Here in Austin, our recent training has been geared towards the upcoming Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. So what are some of the tips we have for race training? See what a few of our team members had to say.

  • “Don’t slack off on recovery runs. They’re uncomfortable at first, but they pay off in the end. The rest of your week’s training will be much more enjoyable and you’ll be less likely to strain or injure tired muscles.” – Dylan Mankey
  • “Shorten your stride, relax your shoulders, lower your arms, breathe with your stomach, and above all, make sure you have a good music mix lined up.” – Chad Banicki
  • “As a beginner, training with a great Coach and experienced runners gave me a huge jump start. Training with a group taught me that drills and training plans could actually be really fun! Planning my solo training routes in advance gave me something to look forward to and helped me stay on top of my distance goals.” – Julianna Scruggs
  • “Training for me is all about accountability and somebody/something telling me what to do. Between job and family, time is tight, so I need to maximize my efforts. A good training plan keeps me on track and holds me accountable to my race goal. Telling as many friends and family members as possible ensures I stick with it.” – Jesse Demmel
  • “Appointments, meetings and social activities can really get in the way of your training schedule. Blocking out time on my calendar always helps me follow through with my weekly running goals. Also, don’t be afraid to tell people you’re training for a race. The more people that know about your training, the more committed you become.” – Angela Hawkins
  • “Music! Creating a new playlist each week keeps me motivated to hit the pavement. New tunes help me pick up my pace and distance each week as well. ” – Caroline Wiggs
  • “It may sound simple, but training with a running buddy (or buddies) really helped me stick to my goal pace. Having someone else hold me accountable for getting in my miles at race pace paid off in the end.” – Allison Glass
  • “I’ve been training and racing since about the age of 13 and season after season I never cease to learn something new about the process. This season I learned to slow down and enjoy the process. As a former competitive runner, this year I’ve been absorbing the experience, rather than thinking of a ride or run as a tool to make me faster. So this season I went from training like a business man on a mission to a more laid back spectator along for the ride.” – Jake Morse

What are some of your favorite tips? Leave them below in our comments section and share with our team.