November 20, 2021
By Fix Events
Do you ever feel like your training is stagnating, or you never have enough energy when you are running? Here are a few simple tips to get your running back on track and get you improving and up to speed in no time:
Perfect Your Technique
If you have never had any coaching before, then it is well advised to sign up for a few sessions. This will help you improve and ensure there is less wasted energy when you run. It will also give you some decent insight into the kind of training sets to do when you’re out on your own.
Get Some Proper Shoes
You want to make sure you are as comfy as possible when out on a run. One of the worst things is going out and coming back with sore feet or blisters because your shoes don’t fit properly. If you can, also get the store to analyse your gait to find out whether you are a neutral runner or lean to one side when you step. This is vitally important in choosing which shoes are best and will keep you injury-free in the long run. Shoes also vary depending on your distance and whether you are predominantly road or trail-running, so try a few out and see what works best for you.
One of the most important things to get you running at maximum performance is your fuel and hydration. Make sure you have a decent meal a couple of hours before you head out, for example slow-release carbohydrates and then decent replenishment after you come home. Reward yourself after that morning exercise.
Set Realistic Goals and Don’t Overtrain
Keep to a training plan and make sure you are realistic about how much time you have each week to go out and run. You definitely don’t want to overdo it as this will lead to injury and illness down the line. It is a lot better to have a proper steady training run a few times a week for about half an hour and do this consistently rather than train almost every day, but have irregular patterns.
Factor in Proper Rest
Rest is a very important tool in order to become a better runner as it allows your body and muscles time to repair and become stronger. Make sure to factor in a couple of rest days/week and you will feel much better about it next time you step out the door. This also includes a decent taper time before your race so that you feel in peak fitness when you arrive on that start line.