When you’re out running, whether on the road or on the field, there are certain things that you need to take into consideration. Is your footwear right for the terrain? Is this exercise or is this fun? Are you dressed appropriately for the weather? Do you know the route that you’re going on well, and will you be safe?
While there are so many thoughts buzzing around your head (and when you’re running, it’s not like you’ve got much else distracting you), it helps if you have prepared other things beforehand.
Music Is The Rhythm Of Life
Make yourself a playlist to run along to, either on whatever device you have to play music or through a streaming service to your phone. Don’t pick songs that have a slow beat to them unless there is a deliberate period during your run where you take some time out. Use songs with a strong, fast beat to keep you motivated and focused. Ensure that you have the correct headphones on – ones that won’t slip off or out or hurt your ears, but still provide exceptional quality.
As long as your feet are okay, then there shouldn’t be any problem with your run. If your feet are not okay, then realistically it’s not going to be a great run, if a run at all. Choosing the right socks can be critical in ensuring that you have the most comfortable time possible, make sure that you are choosing ones that are pure cotton to allow your feet to breathe properly while you exercise (and to prevent smelly training shoes!) with the exception being performance fabric in circulation-boosting socks such as copper socks.
If It’s cold out, consider upping your layers or wearing a light sweater/hoodie. It can always be taken off as you warm up and wrapped around your waist. It is always best to start off with layers rather than get going and realize that you are cold the whole way along your run – it’s not very inspiring and probably won’t gain your custom again for future exercise.
If you don’t keep your body nourished well and hydrated, you can expect to feel very drowsy during your run (the least of your worries) or collapse (the real worry). Get a yourself a bottle that can be held easily or be clipped on to you – or consider investing in a backpack water pouch to carry on you while you run. Whatever you do, make sure that you keep your water levels up. If you haven’t eaten before your run, ensure that you have enough energy inside you to keep going or cut your run short. Think of your body like a car; if it hasn’t got enough fuel inside it to go a certain distance, it will stop running. It’s not much different when you are comparing yourself to mechanics, as it is essential that you take care of a car for it to do the best job and to keep you safe – right? Exactly the same for your body.
Keep fueled, keep comfortable and enjoy your run.
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