10 Steps to A Successful Run

18 Apr

Running as a way to stay fit is both effective and fun. It is important to make the most of your run to insure you are not injured, and are able to make the most of your run time. There are several things that should be taken into account to ensure a successful run.

1. Warm up properly. Never start a run without this step. Doing so will increase your risk of injury. Once you are injured you might not be able to run for quite some time, so it is vital to take a few minutes to get your muscles warm before starting. This does not have to be done by stretching, but can be done simply by walking at a fast pace.

2. Run at the best straight angle possible. By this, I mean try not to lean forward. Not only will this slow you down, but adds extra stress to the knees.

3. While running is free, having the proper gear will make for a better experience. Light weight clothing that dries quickly will help you to not carry around that sweat everywhere you go. Having the right shoes is vital. There are many choices available, so finding the pair that is perfect for you should be easy. Another important addition is having the appropriate running socks. These can not only help keep your feet dry, but can actually prevent a runner’s worst enemy – blisters.

4. Watch what you eat and drink. Water should be consumed constantly, but stay away from heavy food or drink that can drag you down. You can re-fuel with a large meal after the run is over. If you run is going to be long, supplement water with a beverage that contains electrolytes. Whatever you do, do not let yourself become dehydrated.

5. Try to keep your strides light. Allowing your feet to hit the ground in a pounding movement can not only cause injury to your knees, but make existing injuries worse.

6. While it is ok to listen to audio books or music while running, do not let this detract your mind from things your body is telling you. It is easy to get swept away and distracted. Losing focus will definitely not produce a successful run. If you find that you are easily distracted, it may be best to leave the mp3 player at home.

7. Pay attention to your breathing. Breathing from the abdominal area is one trick to avoid cramps. If you find that your breathing to too hard, it is time to slow down until it resumes a normal pattern. It really is possible for you to hyper-ventilate, or worse, pass out, so do not ignore this step.

8. Be aware of the elements. Rain, heat and extreme cold can all affect your run. It may be necessary to adjust your run according to the weather. Mother Nature can not be beat, so it’s best to give in and deal with what she has thrown at you on any given day.

9. Consider the terrain you will be running on. Pavement, grass, dirt, leaves, all will give you a different type of run. For the most successful run, utilize the terrain that you are most comfortable on. That is not to say don’t branch out, variety is the spice of life you know, but be prepared to have some patience when running in unfamiliar territory.

10. The best way to know if your run was successful is usually gauged by two things: how you feel when the run is over, and your time. To keep track of your times, invest in a light weight runner’s watch. This will tell you if are ahead or behind the pace of previous runs. It will also tell you if your wife or husband is going to be wondering where you are, and you should call to at least check in.

Running can be extremely rewarding. It allows you to be physically fit, and promotes a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to match. The key is doing it the right way. These steps are just a guide. Educating yourself, and using trial and error will truly produce successful runs on a daily basis.

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