As we get closer to spring, most of us are already longing for more time outdoors. Others of us have yet to tackle that resolution to get back in shape. Whatever the motivation, it may be time to hit the pavement.
If starting a running regimen seems more daunting than just putting one foot in front of the other, here are a few tips on getting started from Lee Wilson, owner of the Nashville Running Company.
What’s the first step towards becoming a runner?
Before lacing up your running shoes, make sure to formulate a plan. Setting aside time to get out and run three to five times a week is essential. After all, this is meant to be a routine, and the best way to get there is to make your scheduled run time a habit.
What is the best pair of shoes to wear?
When selecting the right shoes, there’s a lot more to keep in mind besides the size. It is always best to be properly fitted for your running shoes. Understanding how one’s foot moves while running is important because everyone’s foot moves differently and therefore, everyone has a need for a different type of shoe. Because a runner’s shoes are the most important piece of equipment, don’t skimp on the purchase. Buying a top-notch pair of shoes is the best way to ensure maximum comfort and results.
What if I experience leg pain?
This is normal when beginning a running routine. As with any form of exercise, pain is to be expected. But over time, it should subside as your legs get stronger and used to the pounding. But if there is sharp, persistent pain over a longer period of time, you should stop immediately and seek medical attention. This could be an injury, and needs to be treated.
What else should we keep in mind?
Good nutrition is just as important as selecting the right pair of shoes. The food a runner eats is the fuel that carries them through their run. Incorporating a well balance diet can keep a runner going as they try to push themselves towards their goal. Before heading out, the key is to eat carbs. A couple hours prior to your run, make sure you eat a snack like fresh fruit, a grilled chicken wrap or even saltines. An even easier option would be to grab a Clif bar or power gel from Hammer Nutrition.
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