Tips for Running
Am I a runner? Sometimes I think yes, sometimes I think no.
Times when I think yes:
- When I’m running
- When I’m training for a race
- When I’m wearing my awesome running shoes
Times when I think no:
- When I’m not running
It started out as way for me to lose weight but, when I stopped pushing myself to the puking point every time and started taking it easy, I started to enjoy it. It took a really long time and I swore after my first 5k that I would never put myself through that hell ever again. I thought, “Running is good exercise but I am definitely not a runner because I never want to do this again.”
About a week later I was back on the treadmill and planning for my next race.
For me, running is relaxing, energizing, and therapeutic. That sounds contrary, I know. How can it be relaxing and energizing when I push myself to sprint at times and to run until I literally feel as if I’m going to puke? Afterwards I’m exhausted and that can last the whole day if I’ve pushed myself hard enough. But it makes me feel GOOD!
Zumba and running. Two things I cannot live without.
After awhile I asked an experienced runner friend (who also happened to be a personal trainer at my gym) to judge my running form while I was on the treadmill.
Things I was fine with by that point:
- Loose fists
- Straight back
- Relaxed shoulders (had to consciously work on that one)
- Butt in
- Legs crossing in front of each other
Oops! Very bad. Given enough time that would wreak havoc with my knees and they’ve already experienced enough damage from my childhood.
She ran a half marathon some months later and eventually had to go to the doctor to see what was going on with her legs. I forget what it was but the doctor told her she needed to change her running form to land on the balls of her feet instead of her heels (or thereabouts).
It seemed like a good idea considering my own knees so I endeavored to learn toe running. It was a lot harder for her than for me. This could be due to my habit of walking on my toes as a kid. Being on my toes comes naturally to me. After awhile my calves kill and I can only last about 5k before my calves are too tired to continue but it’s becoming less and less of a problem.
Finally, here are some good rules to remember when you run so you don’t get frustrated with your progress or speed and so you don’t get injured.
Do you like to run? Why? Do you do races?