If you have been a follower of my blog for a while you might be aware that I am into running. I actually got into running whilst I was studying for my degree back in 2015.
Running is one of those sports that is completely on you. What I mean by this is that you can run at your own pace, you can run alone or in a group, you can run just for fun or you can compete. It is a sport that is perfect for anyone and everyone that is able to do so, and it is free.
Of course not to mention it has many benefits. Firstly, how great it can be for you mental health and well-being. Secondly, it is a great workout for the whole of your body which is a bonus. There is no focus on one particular part of your body, it literally works on every part.
If you are new to running and thinking about where to start I did write a post for any beginners wanting to get into running which you can check out if you have never run before and need some guidance.
Anyway let’s into today’s post, here are my
5 tips to improve your running!
I am going to share with you my top 5 tips that will help you improve your running, and these are great if you feel in a bit of a slump with your running routine as well.
Plan your route
I understand that some people just go for a run and that this works well for them. However, I personally believe that planning my route the night before helps me to know where I am going. Also it motivates me because I know where I am running to, and where the “finish line” is.
Having your route planned is also a great way to not only know where you are going but it will then take the focus off you wondering where you are going to run next. What I mean by this is that because you know where you are running too then you can focus on just running. You don’t have to worry about the running destination.
This also makes running more fun because you can concentrate on your running technique, your surroundings you can just take it all in.
Change up your routes
In relation to the point above it is also important to make sure you regularly change your route up. This just makes it more fun with your running because you are constantly checking out new routes and exploring different places. Also by doing this you are able to find out which routes are best for you, and sometimes you might discover places you didn’t even know existed.
In addition, changing up your route is not only beneficial for your running routine in keeping it fresh it is also a way of staying safe. This is because, if you are constantly running the same route this makes it easy for someone to (and I am not saying this will happen but you do have to stay safe) know where you will always be. Therefore, keep your running fresh and exciting but also make sure you are keeping yourself safe.
Now I am not against treadmill running because if I am at the gym I will use the treadmill and think it is a great way to train. However, I believe that if you want to improve your running then you need to find that balance of outdoor and indoor training.
By running outdoors your run will probably include a mixture of different floor textures. Your run may also include running up hills, which is a great way to improve your running as well. In comparison to running on a treadmill which is pretty flat.
If you are planning on doing any races then I definitely recommend including outdoor running within your training. This will prepare you for what the actual race may be like, and it won’t be a shock to your body either.
Firstly, it is important to note that everyone is different and so what works best for one runner might not for another. However, generally there are foods that will overall improve your running and benefit your running routine.
One food you might see a lot of runners with are bananas. Bananas are a great energy booster because they contain a healthy dose of potassium, which is especially important for those running longer distances or if it is hot outside (and so you may sweat more and lose valuable minerals). This is why runners love eating bananas!
Some of the other typical foods that are great for runners are oats, peanut butter, broccoli, potatoes and so on. However, make sure to do your research and find out what works best for you.
Personally, I run better when I eat lighter meals and healthier meals (which sounds like common sense but some people do run good after eating fatty foods). My runs are affected more the day after I have had a takeaway or eaten more fatty foods. Therefore, if I know I am going to run I will tend to eat a lighter meal.
Don’t set high standards
Lastly, it is important to just say don’t put so much pressure on yourself. By just going out and running you will enjoy yourself much more, this will keep you motivated and you will find naturally because of this you will then improve.
Personally, I know that when I just go out and run and don’t tell myself “how fast to go” or “how much distance to run” I run so much better. This is because, if my body doesn’t feel up to it then I am happy that I have just done a run. Whereas, if I went out and told myself I need to run 6 miles but I can only manage 2 miles then I will be upset or disappointed. Therefore, now I just run and I find myself running faster, better and I am overall more happy to run.
However, I will say sometimes I do set myself up to run a certain distance but I normally tell myself that it is ok if I don’t complete it.
There you have it my
5 tips to improve your running!
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x