Guest Post: 5 Running Tips From A Person Who Runs A Lot
By, Iwona Morawska
Hey! My name is Iwona! I was Anna’s old college roommate and her favorite running partner! We have done runs ranging from slow and post party to marathons together. My running career started in high school and throughout my life I had the opportunity to run across the country for young adults with cancer and coach cross country and track for over 6 years. Running is one of my greatest passions in life and I love sharing my love of it with other people. Happy running!
Be smart with your goals
Most people who start running make the mistake of setting their goals way too high. If you’ve only ever run a mile at a time, maybe running a marathon shouldn’t be your initial goal. Start out training for a 5K or 10K then move on up to a half marathon or marathon. This can reduce your risk of overuse injury and it will help you stay on track for your long term goal.
Invest in a good pair of running shoes
This is one of the most important tips I could give you. Get fitted at your local running store for a pair of running shoes that are right for you. They may be a little pricier than a normal pair of gym shoes but it is totally worth it. A good pair of running shoes contains technology that is specific for runners approved by runners. They can prevent numbers of injury and allow you to enjoy the activity for a longer time. All you really need in this sport is a pair of shoes so it is worth getting a good pair.
Do not compare yourself to other runners
I got into running through my cross country team in high school (go chargers!) and it was my second nature to compare myself to my competition and team to get better and faster. As a kid that's all good but as you get older, it can get painful. Everyone runs at their own pace some faster, some slower. Do not think you need to be running faster than you do because the person next to you is flying past you. I spent a lot of time comparing myself to my fellow runner and it not only ended up with me being physically hurt, it also did not make me feel good about myself. Take your run at your own pace, not only will you accomplish your goal, you’ll also accomplish it in one piece.
Listen to your body
Running is a high impact sport that can take a lot from the body. When you run your feet can take up to 12 times your body weight. It’s… a lot. Especially when you’re in the zone it can be hard to stop a streak of good running. Pushing through seems like a great idea but it is usually not the case. Sometimes cutting the mileage short or taking off a day is what is best for your body. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself with a day of relaxation!
One of the most important things on this list if you want a long, injury-free running career. Before and after a run it is important to stretch and warm up your muscles. When you run, your muscles go through the ringer and can end up being tight and full of lactic acid. You want to make sure that your muscles are nice and loose. This can mean stationary stretching on a mat or dynamic stretching that you do while moving around. You can also use things around your house such as a tennis ball for your feet or a rolling pin for your legs. If you have some money to splurge, a foam roller can be a gift from heaven!