It’s no secret that running is hard. The first mile is easily one of the most excruciating forms of pain that people willingly agree to. Not to mention, carrying on when you want to give up is rough too. Luckily, you can boost your run to make it less exhausting and more enjoyable. Here are five tips to make running easier.
1. Pace yourself
After you’ve just downed a cup of coffee and a power bar, you probably feel like a restless bull waiting to be released into the ring. Well, slow down there cowboy. If you take off running, you’re just going to wear yourself out by the half-mile mark. Slow and steady wins the race.
2. Celebrate small achievements
All too often, runners celebrate large milestones while skipping over important baby steps. If you just hit two miles for the first time ever, own it. Share your accomplishment with your support group of friends and family members.
3. Run in the morning
Timing is everything when you’re planning a run. Setting out for an evening run can leave you restless in bed, bursting with energy. A mid-afternoon run interferes with work, family and social obligations. However, a morning run is just right. No excuses. Get out of bed and literally hit the ground running.
According to Runners World, people who run in the morning tend to enjoy the sense that they’ve accomplished something so early in the day. You could set yourself up for a day of accomplishments if you run first.
4. Do other exercises
On days that you don’t run, consider signing up for an exercise class. Runners World confirmed that cross training, like mixing swimming and rowing with running, can boost your fitness. Not to mention, switching things up prevents muscle imbalance. Who wants bodacious calves and measly arms?
5. Buy new running gear
Women’s Health magazine explained that running shoes could be getting in the way of your run. If you’ve had your shoes for more than a year, it’s time to toss them and find a new pair. Worn out sneakers can make your run more challenging.
While you’re finding runners gear, invest in a BABY-G watch. That way, you can track your successes and watch yourself improve over time. The watch is shock-resistant and water-resistant, which makes it great for rigorous exercise.
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