Written by Barefoot Dawsy
There are a million blogs out there, with a million tips on how to run your best, and though it can be incredibly useful to get advice from other runners, at the end of the day, it’s arguably just as important to do things your way.
We each have a lot of biological traits in common, so general improvements such as bending your knees, upping your cadence, etc can be applied to nearly everyone. What you will need to work on as an individual, however, is the degree to which this advice is put to use.
So how do we do this?
The big secret is that you need to pay close attention to what your body is trying to tell you as you run (and recover). Each run is a little different, due to external factors, such as environment, and internal factors, such as injuries and mental state. Getting to know and understand these pressures, and how you tend to react to them, can be a big help in making your next run more pleasant.
When you get out there and run, take stock of any niggles that come up, try to figure what’s causing them, and how to fix them. Try to stay in a state of awareness of your body throughout your run so that you can adapt as your energy levels ebb and flow.
To help you do this, here are some tips to get you started:
- Ditch the iPod: Music and running go great together, but if you really want to improve your running and reduce your chances of getting injured, leave the MP3 player at home
- Before and after your run, do a mental checklist of your body from top to bottom and take note of any niggles or sore bits. As you run, keep these points in mind and pay attention to how they improve or deteriorate over time
- Clear your mind of all those wandering thoughts, and focus on being in your run. Holding onto the stress of the day during your run can make you tense up and make existing problems worse. Relax and enjoy your run!
- Learn the techniques that are best suited to you. Some people like to tear out of the gates during a race, and others will build up to their race pace. Some drink heaps of water, and others go dry. Experiment with different techniques and distances, find out what works for you, and don’t be swayed by what others are doing.
How do you run your own run? If you have any tips to share, please leave a comment below!