Tips to help you run better
- Learn to breath from your stomach. Practice when you are not running. It will help to have the extra wind on challenging runs. (To breath from your stomach – suck your stomach in when you exhale push your stomach out when you inhale and fill your stomach with air first)
- Vary the difficulty of your run, change your pace, add hills, stairs.
- After you are warmed up change the length of your stride.
- Be sure and hydrate after you run.
- If you have a problem you need to solve or reflect on formulate it in your mind before you start to run then put it away. I have had many aha minutes using this method.
- Don’t push yourself to hard especially when you are just starting out. If running becomes hell you probably won’t do it.
- When you run outside, take time to notice your surroundings. Just this morning Just this morning I enjoyed a very nice sunrise with beautiful pink gold and gray clouds high in the eastern sky.
- If you are having an easy day it’s a good idea to push a little harder at the end. Increase your pace and the length of your stride for the last few hundred yards. It makes you feel stronger.
- Pay attention to your body. If your knees or ankles hurt consider wearing a brace or wrap, try a few easier days or take an extra day off. Pay attention to your tools. A running injury can set you back weeks, months or forever.
- Keep your goals in mind. If you are training for a race work backwards from the race date to develop your schedule. If you are jogging for your overall health try to make it fun.
These running tips come from my years of experience. Running has helped me stay healthy and given me hours of quiet time for thought and reflection