One of the things about running is that you’re ALWAYS pushing yourself to your limits, and sometimes past them. I suggest mixing up your running workouts in order to build endurance, speed and strength! Here are a few suggestions:
- Run hill repeats. Find a steep-ass hill and run up it..over and over again. It doesn’t really matter how fast you go, as long as you KEEP GOING. It’s important to push yourself, because part of running is learning how to put up with tired legs and sore muscles!
- Fartlek training. Basically during your run, jog for 5 minutes, then sprint for 15 seconds. After your spring, go right back into jogging. Repeat this until you reach 30 minutes.
- Strides. These can be done before/after your run. Mark out 100meters or so and sprint it. Jog back to where you started, and do it again until you reach 4 to 5 times. (This helps with speed at the beginning of races.)
- Strength training. You’ll need to build up those muscles in your legs! I suggest this POP Pilates video for calves and thighs.
- CORE. The fastest runners have insanely strong core muscles. This means you not only need to build muscle in your legs, but also your core, or “abs”. Check out Gain Fitness to find workouts to target this area.
- Arms. Strong arms also benefit runners. Start doing push-ups and use the Gain Fitness website to find upper body workouts!
This list was made by Steph, not me. Go check out her blog!
These links are pulled from everywhere: LiveJournal, Active.com, RunnersWorld and beyond. I found them useful when I was beginning running, and I hope other beginners will, too. This is not a full, comprehensive list of “everything about running ever,” but I hope to shed some light on good places to look for information for beginners.
Good Places for Beginning Runner Q&A
“Newbie” Advice (by supermanz)
Running Basics Explained
Additional tips from Vivian :)
Step 1: Put on some shoes.
Step 2: Open the door.
Step 3: Go!
Some other steps that might be useful…
- Run for a reason. Whether it’s distance or time or to clear your mind of all the crap that happened during the day. Do it for a purpose, and don’t forget that purpose.
- Push yourself. Do a little better every day. This doesn’t mean you have to increase time or distance every day. Just improve your mindset a little day by day and you will the PR’s will come.
- Save a little energy. There is absolutely no point in hurting yourself so much that you can’t drag yourself out of bed tomorrow to do it all over again. Toe the line between possible and impossible; keep your sights on the incredible, and some day it’ll be here.
- Wear the right thing. Running makes you sweat, and sweat, although sexy, can also hinder your progress. You want wicking material (ie spandex, polyester). You also want good shoes. Not $200 shoes, but not $10 Target shoes either.
- Write down your progress. It’s so much more motivating if you have a record of how far, literally, you’ve come. Anything you to do help you reach your goals is upward trend.
You’re out the door, what now?
- Focus on your breathing. Every living thing is breathing. Your lungs are breathing, the trees around you are breathing, even houses breathe. Breathing is natural. Focus your energy on inhaling and exhaling to fuel your muscles with oxygen.
- Plan beforehand. One of the worst feelings in the world is to be partway through a planned run and feel (1) like you have to poop, (2) like you have to pee, or (3) like you’re breathing sandpaper. Avoid this problem by pooping, peeing, and drinking water before going on the run. Trust me, just do it.
- Take a break if you need it. I do it. Marathoners do it. Everyone does it.
Okay, back from the run, riding the high…
- Stretch. Your muscles are warm now, and it’s a good time to stretch. Calves, hammies, quads.
- Chocolate milk is the best recovery drink. So everyone says, and I haven’t done any research on this, but it’s worked for me.
- Smile! Exercise makes people happy. Other people see it on your face, and they’ll be happier too.