I’ve been running for just over 2 years now. By running, I mean choosing to do so out of choice, not because I’m being told to do so, or chased.
I’ve learnt a lot about a lot of things in that time, so here’s to hoping that my knowledge will help you avoid some sticky situations! I know we can all just Google ‘tips for running’, but honestly, how often can you relate to half that stuff. Unless of course its being blogged by someone who actually runs.
So, here we are. Things I have learnt from Running.
1. You can’t force a good run….or any run for that matter.
You know that feeling that you get when you know you should probably go for a run, or it’s on your training plan to bash out 10 miles, but your legs are just going ‘no, no, no,’ and your brain’s going ‘nap, nap, nap’. Well guess what. Listen to them! There is something so depressing about getting yourself ready for a run, when every part of your body is refusing to play along, and dragging your heavy, tired feet out on to the streets. You can’t find your stride, your pacing’s out all over the place, and you generally just think ‘nope’.
Turn yourself back round, and head on home. Chances are you need the rest.
2. Running helps clear your head.
After a bad day, sometimes getting out and grabbing some fresh air while drenching yourself with sweat is just what’s needed. I remember the first day I ran properly. I hadn’t ran in about 4 years, and then suddenly I was so angry, I genuinely needed to just run. 6 Miles later, although I still felt pretty shitty about what had sent me running, I had a sense of control over myself and my emotions. The time out that I spent running, I was able to scream, shout and feel all the emotions.
3. Know when it’s best for you to run.
I’ve always envied the runners who can get up at the break of dawn and get out and run. I, unfortunately, cannot do this. I’ve tried countless amounts of times to get up before 7am and go for my daily run. IT. JUST .DOESN’T. WORK. FOR. ME.
My legs don’t work, my brain doesn’t function, I’m all dehydrated and grouchy. I am quite literally, a zombie.
That’s not to say it won’t work for you, and if it does, well….I envy you, and beg you to teach me how!
4. Know how to fuel your body.
Some people don’t like to eat fruit before a long run, some people really go all out on the carbing up. After a few trial and errors, you will eventually get a feel of what your body likes and dislikes, especially if you end up having to dart for a bush in the middle of your long run….
5. Body reactions can differ.
Sometimes you can start your run while feeling on top of the world. The next your frantically searching for somewhere to poop. The body is a crazy thing, and will, no doubt, lead you astray and make you feel comfortable right before it drops one of you. I’ve heard many people talk about ‘runners belly’, and trust me, it can occur anywhere, any time, any place. Don’t drop that guard.
Which leads us on to number 6….
Feeling constipated and all bunged up in the lower regions? Then read above. There’s nothing like a run that gets you jiggling and sloshing about to get the bowels moving. You’re welcome.
7. Know your routes.
And keep aware of where your going. I know it’s not always easy to tell someone where you plan to carry out your run, but at least give them a vague idea. I have many times been running along, to then suddenly dive of into another pasture in order to keep the boredom at bay. Sometimes I have ended up lost and had to backtrack my route. That’s not as fun as it sounds, trust me.
Music can often dictate a lot of things when it comes to running. It can either really psych you up and get you moving or just one song can come on and ruin your pace. Plan your tracks wisely.
9. Enjoy the rewards.
Just because you run, that doesn’t mean it should take over your life. I love to run, but I’ve also been known to take a good 3/4 days off, just because. Some people get crazy over how important it is to run, that doesn’t mean you can’t reap the rewards. You want that ice cream? You go ahead and eat the ice cream! Don’t let having a reward determine your next run. you just go for it, when you feel like it.
What things have you learnt from running? Maybe we can share tips and get better, stronger, faster together?!