Archive for August, 2008
Once you’ve cleared your schedule and made time to run, your next step is to find a place to do it. Here are some tips for finding the best place to go for your workout.
1. Stay close. Whether you run at a gym or in the great outdoors, you should find somewhere near your home, office, or another convenient location. If you don’t have to go out of your way to run, you’re more likely to actually do it.
2. Mix it up. One challenge many runners face is boredom. You’re more likely to get bored if you run in the same place over and over. If you run outdoors, find several different routes you can take and alternate where you go. If you run indoors, try running on a treadmill where you can see a T.V. rather than a track.
3. Take the right path. More important than where you run is what you run on. The best possible material to run on is soft, but smooth; like a treadmill or an indoor track. If you are running outside, where you run depends on your problems. If you have issues with stress on your knees and other joints, you should avoid concrete because it is very rough on your body. Running on a dirt path is softer and less harsh, but you risk tripping and hurting yourself on uneven terrain.
A great way to stay motivated as a runner is to participate in races every so often. This helps push you to be better, plus you can meet other runners in the area. Your first race can be intimidating and overwhelming because there’s so much going on. Here are a few tips from expert racers to help you out.
1. Get an official race flyer. If you get your information from another source, there’s a chance you’ll get the wrong info. Having a flyer will ensure you have the right time and place, along with all the other important details.
2. Pack the night before. Many races start very early in the day. Instead of rushing to pack that morning, get your stuff together the night before. This will keep you from forgetting something and will make you less stressed right before the race.
3. Bring safety pins to attach your race tags.
4. Bring toilet paper; you never know if they’ll have it or not.
5. Don’t try new stuff on race day, you’ll probably regret it. Test new shoes and other products during practice first.
6. Thank the race volunteers who help you. You should also consider volunteering at races you’re not running in. It can help you meet people and gain respect from the community.
7. Don’t take a race too seriously. If running stops being fun, you’ll stop wanting to do it.