Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Running Tips

I found a list of running tips via Ashley's blog, and wanted to share some of them with you. I think they are good advice for beginners and seasoned runners alike. You can read the full list of 100 tips here, but below are a selection of my favourites.

  1. Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one.
  2. Remember that you will have plateaus in your progress and tough days along the way.
  3. It gets easier.
  4. Remember to say “Thank You!” to race volunteers and family and friends who support you.
  5. Don’t carry loose change. It will annoy those who are running with you.
  6. Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
  7. Even a bad run is better then no run at all.
  8. Running is not an excuse to triple your intake of doughnuts because runners gain weight too.
  9. To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run.
  10. Do not increase your mileage more than 10 percent per week.
  11. Log your mileage for your legs and your Shoes. Too much on either will cause you injury.
  12. Ice aches and pains immediately.
  13. Cut your Training by at least 30 percent to 50 percent every 4th or 5th week for recovery.
  14. Race day is not the day to try new shoes, eat new foods, or wear brand new clothing.
  15. Do not try a marathon as your first race.
  16. For races longer than 5k start out slower than you think you should.
  17. Run facing traffic and never assume a car sees you.
  18. Always carry I.D. because you just never know.
  19. Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs.
  20. No amount of money spent on gadget training programs or funny food can substitute for minutes, hours, days and weeks on the road.
  21. There’s no shame in walking.
  22. Speed work doesn’t have to be scientific. Try racing to one light post and then jogging to the next.
  23. Do speedwork after you develop an endurance base.
  24. Build rest into your schedule. Rest is just as important of an element as exercise in your fitness plan.
  25. Dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the temperature on the thermometer.

1 comment:

  1. thank you for posting this! I am a new runner (I started in February) and some of these things I hadn't considered :D