|Hey, it's me running my first 10K!|
1. Lean into the wind
2. Lengthen your tailbone
3. Shoulder down the back
Pilates terms that can help you not only with your daily posture but with your running as well. Alright...so there are three helpful tips already. Now, I will share a few more tips. Things that I do or have done that have helped me enhance my running.
1. Let intervals be your friend
If you are brand new to running and want to give it a try start slowly. I think most people are under the assumption that you have to go out and run immediately, start to finish. Yeah, only if you are perfect. For those of us just slightly less than perfect, start out with a walk/run mix.
You will need a watch or timer!
Walk at a fast pace for 2 minutes
Jog/run for 1 minute
Continue this easy interval for 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes...however long you can give.
Stay with this interval for at least 4 workouts. If you feel like you are ready to run more run for 2 minutes/walk for 2 minutes. Then gradually begin to walk for just 1 minute and run for 2 minutes.
I used intervals like this to run my first 5K (Race for the Cure KC 2008) after having Levi. Walking was frustrating for a competitive type like me because I would get passed, but lo and behold, during my running interval I would pass quite a few people and ended up finishing with a good time and feeling great! I would recommend using intervals for your first road race event. Why not?
2. Walk to warm up, walk to cool down.
If you are running several miles + your body need a good warm up and cool down. Give yourself 5 minutes before and 5 minutes after to walk at a moderate pace (think walking through the park). I learned the hard way this last spring that not cooling down properly and long enough can lead to a splitting headache.
3. Take the good with the bad
Depending on the weather, your body, your mood, your running will feel different from time to time. Maybe you have goaled yourself to run 3 miles but by mile 2 your muscles are done and you just want to stop. Know when to push yourself but also listen to a fatigued body. While training for my 10K I had days when I would run more than a mile past my goal because I felt so great. But there were plenty of other days when I would stop short of my goal because my body just couldn't that day. Sure, at the time I was frustrated, but looking back I may have been pushing a little too hard. Or it was 95 degrees outside. Pay attention to your body and you will feel better in the long run.
Runners out there...please share your tips below!