Crazyrunnerchick's Blog

April 20, 2011

Running tips :)

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazyrunnerchick @ 8:27 pm

There's a winner

 maybe I’m not the best person, per se to be giving running tips since I’ve only be running long distances for about a year and a half, but I think that I can give a few good pointers 😉

Tip numero uno: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 

Have fun!  Think about it: Why would you do something that you don’t have fun with?  Instead of thinking about how painful it is, think of all of the fun adventures you’ll have.  Like when you run outside, imagine that you’re a superhero or look at all the houses or appreciate the birds.  Don’t focus on this is painful, i want to give up, i have to get this time etc. etc.  Focus on having fun 🙂

Tip numero dos: Start slow

Don’t go five miles when you’re a first-timer.  Start by running maybe a half of a mile and go from there, but keep in mind:  Don’t increase your mileage by more than 10 percent per week.  If you do that, you’ll risk injury such as shin splints and stress fractures.  When i was in cross country this past fall, i got terrible shin splints because i got over competitive.  Don’t get over competitive: remember tip number one.

Tip numero tres: Remember to fuel up with the right stuff

Bananas help you to prevent those pesky cramps, and complex carbs give you the energy you need to go mega miles.  Also, make sure that you get enough calories and protein.  If you don’t get enough of that, you’re performance with plummet quickly.  If you’re trying to lose weight, then running’s fantastic, but keep in mind that you need to use your calories right with the right amount of complex carbs, protein and fat– yes, i said it, fat.

Tip numero cuatro: Remember that rest days are your friend

Don’t over do it.  What i do is run the weekdays and take the weekends off.  If I’m having an off day on one of the weekdays, then I’ll make that my rest day and run on saturday or something.  Just make sure that you take your rest day and enjoy it because recovery is just as important as training.

Tip numero cinco: How to breath right

Okay, i think we all know how to breath, but in running, your breathing may become labored (just a hunch), so to prevent that, you should breath from your tummy and not from your chest.  Your diaphragm– where your tummy is– goes down and out when you breath in, making room for your lungs to expand more.  The more your lungs expand, the more oxygen for your brain and muscles 🙂  Also, keep your arms at your hips and RELAX– don’t become too intense with running because it’ll make the activity that much harder.

That’s it.  I couldn’t think of anymore.  Happy running, and be sure to sign up for as many races as you can/want.  It’ll get you aquainted with people who share similar interests. Also, joining running clubs will help, too.

If you’re a runner with more experience than myself, adding something to these tips would be mucho appreciated 🙂  (enjoy the spanish too 😉

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