Great Running Tips
- Remember to say “Thank You!” to race volunteers (e.g. when you get that cup of water at the aid station) and family and friends who support you.
- Conscientiously share the trail with walkers, bikers and other runners.
- Always try to balance running with the people you love by making a schedule that involves and is considerate of everyone.
- Don’t carry loose change. It will annoy those who are running with you.
- Don’t neglect and irritate your family and friends by spending all your time running and talking about running
- Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music.
- Run facing traffic.
- Never assume a car sees you.
- Give horses wide berths on trails and walk as you pass them unless you enjoy a hoof to the melon.
- Always carry I.D. because you just never know.
- Buy the powdered sports drink mix instead of premixed. It’s cheaper and more similar to race drink mixes.
- Each pound you lose makes running a little easier.
- Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day.
- If you are running very long distance drink enough electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade).
- On long runs eat something every hour—whether you feel like it or not.
- During longer runs if you don’t like to carry water take some cash in your pocket pouch or a shoe wallet. Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom.
- Avoid eating spicy foods before running and the night before your long runs.
- To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run.
- Race day is not the day to try new shoes, eat new foods, or wear brand new clothing.
- Do not try a marathon as your first race.
- For races longer than 5k start out slower than you think you should.
- If you conserve your energy during the first half of a race, you can finish strong.
- When you pick up drinking cups at aid stations, squeeze gently so it folds slightly and is easier to drink from it while you are moving.
- A plastic garbage bag on race day is a very fashionable cheap disposable raincoat.
- Sign up for a race as soon as you feel up to it.
- Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you.
- Remember that you will have plateaus in your progress and tough days along the way.
- It gets easier.
- Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one.
- Be prepared to remove the words “can’t” and “never” from your vocabulary.
- “Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
- Don’t expect every run to be better than the last one; some of them will hurt.
- Don’t think too much about it or you won’t do it.
- Even a bad run is better then no run at all.
- If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait.
- Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately.
- Start a running blog.
- Running is not an excuse to triple your intake of doughnuts because runners gain weight too.