Could running be considered a sport? Or is it merely an action? I’m not so sure honestly. But it is the form of exercise that I enjoy doing. But I started running on my own, just got on a treadmill one day and thought, maybe I should try to jog, and then a few weeks (2 weeks actually) later I increased the speed and ever since there, I’ve been hooked. So two years later I’m going to tell you the tips I learnt along my journey.. Journey? Well yes, because as any dedicated runner will tell you its a journey, a journey filed with achievements, hard work and mostly dedication, you don’t stop, you don’t give up no matter what the circumstances are. You just put on your running shoes and run, treadmill or sidewalk or even up the mountain. You just do it.
So the tips I found to be most useful are:
- Invest in good running shoes. Yes, I said it. Buy the good ones, even if your unsure about if your going to stick to your new year resolution of becoming more fit. You might ask why should you..? The answer is simple; injuries. You can hurt yourself, and it hurts. You can get black toenails, blisters, corns and numbness among many others.
- Girls: Invest in a good sports wear. Just buy them outwear and under wear. I recommend you buy them from sports apparel shops, the ones that are made especially for running.
- Cotton socks will lead you blisters, get ones that are designed for running.
- Be serious. Listen running is not a sport for the weak. It’s not easy but it’s rewarding. Once you learn how to do it right, you won’t want to stop, each time you pass your goal you’ll just raise the bar higher. Its amazing but also very tiring. If you decide to take it up, give it the time it needs. Because it’s going to need time. I’m not here to demotivate you, in fact I want to do the opposite but I will be honest with you running is hard at first but soon after you build the endurance and the strength it will feel like flying.
- Don’t just run, work on your entire body. Build your endurance and build your strength, running alone will hurt you (talking from experience). My knees started hurting, my ankles as well as my hamstrings. I was in pain, and when I asked a trainer, he advised me to work on my strength and endurance for a while, and I did, when I went back to running, it felt like I was flying.
- MOST IMPORTANT ONE: EAT! always eat after a run, you body needs the fuel. You need to eat and don’t eat something unhealthy or small. Have a good meal, listen guys I’m not saying go out and eat a heavy meal I’m saying have the essentials in the proportions that are needed for your body, have the proteins with the veggies and carbs cause your gonna need it to continue on with your day.
- A secret a trainer told me once; before you workout, have a good meal (few hour in advance) that has carbs and no I’m not saying have a Fettuccine Alfredo. What I mean is more along the lines of a good sandwich, maybe a peanut butter sandwich (personal favourite of mine). After you workout, don’t eat so many carbs, stick to protein and vegetables.
Alright guys, have a good run! enjoy it and if you are just beginning and you can only do 10 minutes on a treadmill, don’t worry you’ll get there. Just don’t give up. 🙂