Get Better at Long Distance Running
Running… Long distance running… It can really take a toll on your body and many of us simply don’t even try. Check out how you can make long distance running more enjoyable!
Long Distance Running
We all know running is a great way to get in shape and maintain your weight. Long distance runs, though, can be a daunting task for beginning runners.
Follow the tips below and you will get through your first big run happier and with less stress.
Wear the Right Shoes
Keeping your ankles and feet supported is essential for a good run. Without the proper shoes, your feet and legs can suffer soreness or injury.
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Talk to someone at your local sports store about which running shoe is right for your workout style and body. You may even need orthopedic or corrective running shoes if you have a lot of foot pain or crooked toes. Talk to your doctor if you often suffer from foot or leg pain during your runs.
If you start your run without proper hydration, you can feel slow, sluggish and sore. Try to drink four ounces of fluids for every 15 minutes of your run or twice that amount if you are running in hot, humid weather.
The easiest way to get your H2O during a long-distance run is to wear a fuel belt that keeps your water close at hand.
When you are logging a few hours of running, boredom can set in and make you feel discouraged or fidgety. Distract yourself with an inspiring playlist, a fun podcast or audiobook or a friend.
You can even just wear a new outfit or run a new route to keep your mind guessing and off the distance.
Slow Your Pace
Unlike shorter runs, long-distance races are more about finishing the whole run, rather than speeding through it. Try to keep a steady pace that will get you all the way to the end and do not worry so much about your time, at least at first. Don’t be afraid to walk, either.
A few minutes of walking when you are out of steam and then getting back into it is better than maxing out and quitting.
Before you set out, address anything that may irritate you on your run. From feeling too cold or hot, chafing shorts, to an ill-fitting sports bra, adjust your clothes to feel as comfortable as possible before you start.
That way you can focus on your run and not on little distractions. Be sure to also apply plenty of sunscreen to avoid melanoma and skin cancer as well as sun damage.
Ready to head out for your first long-distance run?
Just use the tips outlined above and you are sure to be successful. Health and happiness are in your grasp!
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.