5 Tips for a Better Run – Running for Beginners
We know that running has many benefits including weight loss, disease prevention, helping to relieve stress, helping to eliminate depression, and it’s also an amazing way to improve your overall health. It may be difficult to include a run each day or even each week with our busy schedules, and we may not even know where to start, so here are some tips for a better run for beginners.
Invest in a good pair of shoes. This doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank, but a new pair of running shoes will help your runs immensely. If you end up using an old, worn pair of shoes or even a shoe that isn’t built for running, you may see develop shin splints or foot pain which are two of the most common problems caused from running without proper footwear. The best way to find a pair of running shoes that are right for you is to visit a local running store and talk to some of the staff there. They will be able to find you a pair that will fit your needs, and also stay within your budget.
2. Slow and Steady
Start slow. There is really no need to try to run a marathon at record pace on your first time out. The best way to start running is to take it slow and run at a normal pace that is good for you. Monitoring your breathing is a good way to tell if you are running at a reasonable pace. If you catch yourself out of breath and/or in pain, slow down or stop completely, and walk the rest of the way. Each time you go out try to go a little further than the last time while keeping your normal pace. This will be one of the best ways to reach your goals.
3. Mindful Eating
Don’t eat too much before your run. Running on a full stomach can be painful. If you start getting pain in your sides, this could be from consuming too much food or from consuming food too close to your run. It’s best to eat light, and to try to give your body a bit of time between your meal and your run.
4. Water, Water, Water
Remember to stay hydrated. It is extremely important to make sure that you are consuming enough water. If you haven’t been drinking water before, during, or after your run, you may find that some of your muscles may start to cramp, which could lead to a painful run. It is important to consume a good amount of water even on your off days because not drinking enough water can negatively impact your run.
5. Focus on You
Don’t compare yourself to others. Set your own goals and don’t worry about what others around you are doing. It’s hard not to compare yourself to the person who zooms past you, but try not to. It is important to focus on yourself and on accomplishing your own goals. The best part about running is that you are competing with yourself, not with others. Focus all of your energy on beating your previous time or surpassing a previous distance, and being the best runner that you can be.
Kyle | Health and Fitness