Today, I am sharing with you a few running tips that has tremendously affected my running. Let’s rewind….. Growing up, I was never an athlete. I even wrote about loosing a race at a track meet here. Not only did I hate running, but I was horrible at it. It took joining the military for me to realize that running isn’t that bad. Believe it or not, much of it has to do with your mind. Let’s get into these 10 running tips:
- Let go of negativity. I promise, you will feel extra heavy running with a negative spirit. Be positive. Think about the end result or how awesome you will feel.
- Remove yourself mentally. Don’t think about actually running. Listen to music or a podcast. The more you think about it, the more you will hate it. In the military, we would sing cadences. I then realized how fun running was and how quickly the run would be over. My personal music of choice is reggae dancehall but I have a ton of playlist. There’s also workout stations on Pandora such as “Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout” “Pop Fitness” and “Dance Cardio.”
- Control your breathing. Find your rhythm. This is an important one!!! When I first started running, I felt more comfortable running with my mouth open which often left me with “dry mouth” or a sore through (depending on the weather). Everyone has a different rhythm and it takes practice to find it. Once you do, running will become soooooo much easier. Now I run at ease….with my mouth close lol!
- Alternate some high knees in your run. Change it up a bit so you won’t get bored! Besides high knees, use longer or shorter strides. When I run on a track, I normally sprint the stretch and jog the curves. It’s just something to look forward to. The next thing you know, the run will be over!
- Swing your arms and twist your core. If you are running, why not get the most out of it. Take breaks if you need to, but keep those arms moving and that core twisting!!
- This tip is more of my personal preference. I must finish out whatever song that I’m listening to. It doesn’t matter how soon that I have finished my run, I just can’t stop in the middle of a song. This is how I challenge myself and push myself to do extra. It’s very rewarding in the end.
- Sprint the end. Always finish your run giving it your absolute all. Think of it as finishing a race. Imagine running through a ribbon. It’s an amazing feeling!!
- When finished, keep moving around. Don’t just stop. Give your body time to calm down. Walk around for a minute and meditate. Think about how much you gave and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. You deserve it!
- Listen to your body! If your knees are hurting, get checked. You should be sore, but not feel any awkward pains. Comfortable shoes are very important to me. For the last few months, I have been pleased with my Flex Sneakers. If you follow me on the gram, I am rocking them more than a few times lol!
It is not required or necessary but I totally recommend waist training, especially while running! It helps you sweat more and you will loose more water weight. I get mine from here and they are fantastic. I also wast train throughout the day…..more details about that later.
With these running tips, I promise you will become a better runner. The more that you practice, the more that you will start to fall in love with running. I never planned on or even tried to love running. One day as I was running, I just realized how far I’ve come and how running for me was no longer something that I hated. Now I look forward to running. As of now in my fitness journey, I have reached my fitness for loosing weight. I’m now focused on muscle and strength training. I guess I need to come up with a few tip on that because, I really prefer to just run. If I was to only run, I wouldn’t get the curves that I would like.