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Bridge Run Training

 

Click here for the 2017 Bridge Run Training Guide

 

 

"I hope everyone enjoyed the recent Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k Roadrace – GREAT event, run AND festival in City Park!

NOW, once again, runners:  Get ready, get set, lace up those shoes and train for another GREAT race in the Crescent City Classic series.

The Crescent Connection Bridge Run is a great 4 mile, summer run that incorporates a scenic view of New Orleans after an early, steady, rise up the Westbank side of the Crescent City Connection before a downhill into the Riverview area and a festive party to celebrate the accomplishment.

Training for this race should be fairly easy, mileage wise, but a challenge due to the uphill grade early in the race along with the “sultry” temperature and humidity at this time of the year.  Training for this race should incorporate water stops along with early morning or late day runs including some rise in elevation to offer adequate preparation and endurance for this race.

Consult the 2015 Crescent Connection Bridge Run Training Guide provided above for walkers and joggers.  If you are just starting this type of exercise program FIRST CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN for a thorough medical check up!  After her/his clearance, go easy, do not push yourself – remember New Orleans heat and humidity can be really tough to deal with – physically and mentally.  You may want to do your training indoors, at least some of the time.  Try a treadmill with cross-training on the elyptical machine or stationary bicycle.  As said previously, hydrate and re-hydrate gradually throughout your whole day AND carry cool water with you in some type of fanny/waist pack or hand-carry bottle - check local running specialty stores."

  - CCC Training Director, Virginia "Gini" Davis, Physical Therapist, Crescent City Physical Therapy

TRAINING TIPS TO REMEMBER:

  1. The Training Guide is designed to "train" you for the distance and your race time; however, avoiding injuries is the ultimate goal, thus stretching and strengthening are also important for your muscular system and should not be neglected.  Warm up, either by gentle stretching before you train or by beginning your program with an easy walk before starting to run.  In either case, stretching afterwards is also important and should be incorporated, at the very least for the calf and hamstring muscles that are utilized through the walk/run cycle and further stressed with "up hill" training.
  2. Rest is an active part of training and you will see 2 days per week designated as REST days.  Over-training can lead to injury, and in our hot, humid summer weather may contribute to a chronic level of dehydration that is not good for your health.  Take the rest days from walking or running.  Those days may be used for stretching and/or strengthening at home or gym, or for some recreational cycling or swimming.  You may also want to use cycling, swimming or elliptical as a replacement for another of your walk/run days, particularly as the summer wears on.
  3. The Training Guide is just that, a Training "Guide".  Feel free to change up the rest and activity days.  There is nothing magic about longer runs scheduled on the weekends; move the days and miles around to fit into your daily schedule.  Just do not increase too much, too soon, or too fast, and DO NOT increase your distance and speed training at the same time!  That is a sure bet for producing an injury at some point.
  4. Above ALL else - HAVE FUN!  Enjoy your exercise program and involve friends and family with you for a healthy, enjoyable time together to smile and laugh!  Don't let life just "pass by" - participate in life!
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