Running In The City
Running Tips and Advice
Are you new to running? Or are you still thinking about it? We will look at a few classic running tips to help you get on the road and start pounding pavement.
If you’re still teetering on the edge of the urban racetrack, the simple benefits of running are something you should know about.
There’s something about running that brings an enormous sense of well-being.
Work driving you crazy? Studies have shown that a run of just 20-30 minutes a day can leave you feeling refreshed, energised and de-stressed. The health benefits are huge, keep it up and you will be fitter, stronger and will shed weight.
Now, it’s important both for safety and if you want to improve to consider a few running tips:
First of all, let’s look at the lengths of runs. Ok, you’re not Forest Gump, so don’t start off trying to run 10 kilometres (k) and giving up when you collapse in a red-faced heap. Start slow, you can build yourself up to do the big stuff and it helps massively with progress to say, ok I can do that, let’s do more next time.
Watch where you’re running..
Another thing to consider is where you’re going to run. More specifically, the surfaces you’ll be crossing. You want to run on grass or packed dirt trails as much as possible, this will put a lot less pressure on your joints and feet. I know cities don’t offer much in the form of wooded glens, but there are plenty of parks and trails if you look for them.
Try to avoid running next to the curb for long, the curvature in most roads will unbalance the muscle use in the legs.
Help your body..
Energy drinks are a great way to replace lost salts on long runs. A less pricey way I use is a 50/50 mix of water and fruit juice with a pinch of salt.
Stitches & Cramps..
Next, we look at the curse of the running people: the stitch. Stitches are caused when lack of blood supply to the diaphragm causes it to cramp. What can you do?
Well, to prevent this annoying pain, try not to eat just before going for a run and remember to warm up properly.
If you’re mid-run when the stitch appears, apply pressure to the part that hurts and just keep going to “run out” the stitch.
Lastly, we’ve all seen the runners who attach weights to their arms and legs to get a more “hardcore” running fix. I don’t suggest doing this right away, you need to get used to the way your body moves first. If you are dead set on it, see a trainer first. Otherwise you can strain muscles and ruin your posture.
Nothing left to do now but get out there and get going!