MAKE TIME TO STRETCH

It’s normal to feel exhausted and sore when you’re adjusting to a new running routine. Stretching before going for a run will warm you up and get you ready. Stretching after the run helps the recovery process, returning the muscles to their normal length. Sometimes you don’t realize how great you feel until you take the time to do your stretches before and after training. Doing your stretches will help you stay in shape and improve flexibility.

RUN WITH THE RIGHT RUNNING SHOES

We all have a different way of running, but it is important to know your strides. If you have a high bridge, you are probably supinator, which means that the foot tends to tilt outward when it lands on the ground. If you have a normal bridge, you will likely have a neutral stride, so your foot lands on the ground effectively and efficiently. If you have flat feet, you are likely to be a pronator, such that the bridge flattens when the foot hits the ground, causing the foot and ankle to tilt inward. Here is a summary of the type of shoe recommended for each type of stride. Neutral: shoes with neutral cushioning or lightweight stability shoe Pronator: movement control or stability shoes Supinator: shoes with neutral or light cushioning.

REFLECT ON WHY YOU DECIDED TO START RUNNING

Whether you’re doing it for health, or to honor someone’s memory, why will help you stay dedicated. When the excitement about starting something new fades, your why will help you remember your motivation, the reason that makes you wake up early in the morning and encourages you to go for a run after a long day at work. That why is what will encourage you to get out of the monotony of a hard day, it will help you to overcome the next race and then you will remember why you love to run.

LOOK FOR A RUNNING CLUB

If running is a time that you like to enjoy alone, joining other runners once a week has many benefits. It gives you the opportunity to meet other expert runners and learn from them. It is also a change of scenery and takes you out of your comfort zone. It makes you learn when to give it your all and when not to. If your objective is to complete a race, you will end up crossing the finish line accompanied by people with very different objectives. Getting comfortable running with others can make race day less stressful and more entertaining.