Friday five : Running tips

Good morning Friday ! I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, Mar at Mar on the Run for the Friday Five. Be sure to check them out as well as the other bloggers. Lot’s of great ideas for this week’s theme : Running Tips.

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I am not a fitness expert, medical doctor nor running coach. But I am a woman who has been running for several years and thanks to years of yoga practice, knows how to listen to her body, be mindful and adjust & adapt if needed.

Here are 5 tips that have helped me be a better runner over the years, by keeping me motivated and keeping those nagging pains at bay.

 

1. Hydrate during the days leading up to a long run. I always get a side stitch if I am dehydrated. I eventually made this connection, because it got worse on long runs. I generally drink a lot of water, but pay special attention to those days before my long run. I never get a side stitch any more.

 

2. Allow for flexibility in your training plan. As a working mother of 2 teenagers, sometimes things just don’t work out for whatever reason. Get over it and move on. Just because you didn’t do one or 2 runs prescribed in a training plan, I have found it will not affect the final outcome.

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3. Run “naked” once in a while, meaning without technology, gadgets, iPhone, music, fitbit, heart rate monitor, Garmin… Disconnecting brings back the pleasure of a great run.

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4. Its OK to walk. I am in my mid forties and I want to keep running for a very long time. So if I feel a twinge, cramp or feel I am over heating, I take a short walk break. In the beginning this was hard because I felt like a failure if I had to stop. No one knows your body like you do, so listen to it. Bouncing back from an injury takes time and I prefer prevention over healing.

 

5. Try new running routes. I change things up often, which fends off boredom and keeps motivation high. A new route can bring so many new possibilities.

 

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What one tip would you give me ?

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Comments: 14

  1. lacey@fairytalesandfitness August 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I don’t know about running “naked.” I always have to wear my Garmin to know how far I’m going. The only time I run without my ipod is if I am running w someone.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm Reply

      Indeed, its hard ! But once in a while it is so much fun. The watch is the hardest thing I have giving up too….

  2. Kaleigh August 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Running naked! I am addicted to counting my steps with my FitBit and trying to beat my friends. I almost ran naked the other day but went back inside to put my FitBit back on. Mayyyybe one day I’ll try it 🙂
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply

      Its hard. But one day when I forgot to charge my watch AND my iPod, I had no choice and I survived…

  3. diane @runninrocker August 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm Reply

    I love each and every one of these tips! We have started really paying attention to hydrating the days before a race – very helpful. “Getting over it” can be a hard but training shouldn’t be that stressful that you have to get angry if you miss a session right?! The naked run is a fun run! Usually, when I am running my charity miles, runkeeper, taking pictures, and listening to my music…something is bound to get messed up anyhow. It’s nice to just run. I have been trying to save the timing for the races. Walking sometimes, especially in the heat or hills doesn’t hurt anything either – better than running yourself into exhaustion! Trying new routes is a great way to keep training fresh! Happy Training and thanks for the tips!!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm Reply

      Sometimes I force myself to leave my phone at home…. running should take priority over taking pictures !
      Thanks for commenting. Have a great weekend !

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner August 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Trying new routes and ditching the watch every once in a while is great advice!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm Reply

      Thanks ! Good luck on your race this weekend.

  5. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy August 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm Reply

    You are so right about hydrating well before a long run.

    Interesting because I get side stitches a lot. Although I’m pretty good at drinking — still, I’ll have to keep an eye on that.

    I have 9 miles tomorrow, and yes, I’m making the effort to drink more than usual today. Not to mention after some cool weather it’s heating up again.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 14, 2015 at 10:52 pm Reply

      Have a great run tomorrow. I have no idea if it is scientifically proven (I think probably not) between dehydration and side stitches but in my experience there is a direct correlation !

  6. John @ run. geek. run(disney) August 15, 2015 at 4:44 am Reply

    Great list. Switching up the route can really help keep it interesting.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 16, 2015 at 8:48 am Reply

      Indeed, things can get boring, fast.

  7. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy August 16, 2015 at 8:11 am Reply

    I love, love, love all of your tips! I love what you said about allowing flexibility in your race plan because life can be nuts! When I was training for a half a couple months ago, I was a stickler about sticking to my long run, but was flexible with the other ones.

    I also love what you said about walking. I used to feel like a failure when I had to walk too, but know I just do what I need to do!!!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 16, 2015 at 8:47 am Reply

      I find that walking keeps my joints happy !

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