So, you want to run but aren’t sure where to start. Maybe you step out your door, survey your surroundings, and think to yourself, where should I run to? Well, don’t worry, because we’ve compiled a list of the ten most important golden rules of running. Are you ready to become a regular runner? Well, don’t lace up your shoes just yet – take a minute to read through these golden rules of running.
Rule 1 – Have a Reason for Running
This may sound like a no-brainer, but the truth is, many people feel like they should run, but don’t really know why. Maybe you want to train for a race or maybe you want to strengthen your legs. Whatever the case, find a reason and you’ll be able to stay motivated.
Rule 2 – Talk to Others Who Run
When we talk about “running,” we aren’t simple talking about moving quickly from point A to point B. Running is a sport and as such has techniques and risks associated with it. Get advice from people who have been there before.
Rule 3 – Train Properly
One of the golden rules of running – and of any sport for that matter – is to be in the right condition. If you think you’re just going to walk out the door every day and run somewhere without proper training, think again. Running takes conditioning, so be prepared and train.
Rule 4 – Be Positive
One of the keys to success in anything is to have a positive outlook. If you think that you will fail, chances are you will. If you are tired in the morning, don’t think I’d rather be sleeping than doing a workout right now. Think, running will be a great way for me to wake up and be ready for my day.
Rule 5 – Be Comfortable
We all know the adage “no pain, no gain,” but does it really have to be that way? Well, maybe a little bit (your muscles may feel sore after a good run) – but the whole thing need not be tortuous. As a runner in particular, you are going to want your feet to be comfortable – so take some time and check out some of the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis that are out on the market right now.
Rule 6 – Just Run
Okay, so now that you’re prepared to go running and have your most comfortable pair of shoes on – get out there. There may be a million reasons you can come up with for putting off running – the dishes need to be done, the house isn’t clean, you have exams to study for, etc. Realize that there are 24 hours in a day and that you can enjoy a run and still get your things done afterwards. If you have a pressing deadline for work, do that first, then go for your run.
Rule 7 – Have a Good Breathing Rhythm
It may be tempting for beginners to start off a run going as quickly as they can, but one of the golden rules of running is to pace yourself and have a good breathing rhythm. Find the pace that suits you best, focus on your breathing, and you will feel much better. Remember that running is an endurance sport – and unless you are racing for a trophy – not a competition.
Rule 8 – Protect Your Skin
Take stock of the weather outside. Is the sun shining? Is it humid out? You are going to want to consider the possibility of problems such as sunburn and chafing and prepare yourself in such a way that you avoid damaging your skin.
Rule 9 – Be Persistent
Don’t treat running as just an on-again, off-again type of thing. Make a running schedule and stick to it. There will always be times when we’d rather just lounge around and do nothing, but if you are serious about running, then be sure to do it every day and don’t make excuses.
Rule 10 – Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
Look, it’s probably safe to say that you’re no Usain Bolt or Flo Jo and that’s just fine. It may be tempting to look at other runners and think, wow, I wish I ran that much every day or if only I could run that fast. Remember our first golden rule of running? Well, it turns out that whichever reason you choose – it has to be for you. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time and can deter you.
So, there you have it. Now, lace up and get out there and run. Maybe you don’t have time for a morning run and need to do it when the day is over? If that’s the case, be sure to check out our tips on staying safe when running in the dark. Happy running!