When it comes to long-distance running – whether you are running for yourself, or professionally – not everyone is naturally a great runner. Being a great runner has a lot to do with genetics, the make-up of your muscle fibres (slow versus fast twitch), and of course personal training and nutrition. Some of these key factors you cannot control, however, you can control your personal training and your nutrition to make you a better runner and improve your running results.
There is a lot of information at your disposal that you can use to help you achieve better results. Whether you implement these is your choice but it could be beneficial to at least consider implementing some of these tips. Let’s look at 9 tips for better running results.
1. Begin Runs With Easy Relaxed Strides
As a regular runner, you probably already know that it is important to pace yourself, especially in the beginning of the run. You might be tempted to give it all you’ve got because your energy levels are high, but you want to keep your energy expenditure consistent so that you have enough to get you through the run.
2. Prevent Dehydration
Not too much water, but definitely not too little. It is not only important to hydrate yourself during your run, but also before and after. Going for a run while you are dehydrated could impact your performance and running results negatively – and even worse, it could be damaging to your health. (Our article – Why Water Is The Most Important Health Booster – tells us why drinking water is important for overall health.)
3. Stretch Before Running
It is imperative that you stretch before and after your run. Stretching prepares your body for the exercise it is about to do. Starting exercise without a proper warm-up and a bit of stretching could lead to injury.
4. Don’t Run Within 2 Hours Of Eating
Your body is under enough pressure to digest the food you’ve just eaten. It simply cannot handle digesting and running at the same time. You will feel heavy and lethargic and your run will not be enjoyable, not even mentioning the impact it will have on your results. (Want to learn more about nutrition and its relationship with exercise? Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Specialised Nutrition Course as well as their Personal Training Course will teach you this and so much more. Click here for more information about their other fitness courses.)