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.
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.
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.
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.
What one tip would you give me ?