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Offseason Prep: 3 Running Workouts for Hunters

The offseason is time for improving your skills as a hunter. Mix up these 3 running workouts for hunters to stay in top shape throughout the year.

[caption id="attachment_6123" align="aligncenter" width="300"]runners-635906_1280 The 3 running workouts for hunters will help prepare you for an upcoming hunt.[/caption] Much about the sport of hunting has changed dramatically in the past decade or so. Gear has changed, huge leaps in crossbows and compound bows has been made, and hunting in the media has changed as well. Another aspect of the sport that has been changing is hunter's attitudes. More and more hunters are preparing themselves in the offseason to up their odds at success when it counts. Archers of all ages are spending more time honing their shooting skills. Others have incorporated strenuous offseason lifting programs as part of their daily routine. Still many others have found that cardio workouts like running are a great way to stay in shape during the offseason. Being nimble on your feet is essential to the success of many hunters. While there are many different types of workouts, here are 3 running workouts for hunters that will pay big dividends in the fall.

Base Runs

A base run is probably the first image that pops into your mind when you hear about running. These workouts are a great way to build your cardiovascular endurance and will help you go the extra mile with ease. A base run is a run of medium distance at a comfortable pace. A good rule runners follow is that you should be able to carry on a conversation while running. If you can't you're working too hard. The important thing to remember about base runs is to do them frequently. While not overly taxing on the body, these runs build your endurance over time.


A fartlek run is the type of run where the speed and intensity vary throughout the workout. For example you could run 4 miles at your base run pace, but throughout the run include 5 x 1:00 pickups in intensity followed by 1:00 recovery pace runs. Fartleks, and other types of runs where you push the intensity, have huge benefits for runners, especially hunters anticipating big climbs. These runs increase your endurance, build leg strength, and also increase your pain tolerance. Mix them in occasionally to throw your body a change up.

Recovery Run

The final basic type of run is the recovery run. A recovery run is best suited for the days you just don't feel like running at all. These short distance easy-pace runs get your body some work in for the day but won't wear you out. They should be done as slow as necessary to help you work out soreness from previous runs. When it doesn't feel like there is gas in the tank make it a recovery run day. Running is a simple and cost effective way to build your endurance for upcoming hunts. Keep in mind that running does not yield quick results. In order to see the benefits you'll need to stay diligent at it for several months. Finally, know your own body and its limits. While one person may be able to start out with fartlek runs of six miles the first day, others may need to simply get out and do some walking. We are all different and our workouts should reflect that. In the end, staying focused on improving personal performance is key to these running workouts for hunters. NEXT: OFFSEASON ARCHERY SHOOTING TIPS
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