Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to Become a Better Runner

The gym I usually go to is under construction until September (pretty inconvenient since I'll be in college by then!) so lately I've had to get creative with my workouts. I'm usually not a huge runner because I have pretty bad asthma, but for some reason I've been motivated to work on my running lately! Sometimes I get bored running around my neighborhood, so my friends and I have been going to run around the track at my high school and I have to say: it really puts me in the mood to keep going! With this little boost of inspiration, I've been researching how to become a better runner so I thought I would share some tips with you that I've found helpful.


+ Find your ideal running location
Whether you prefer running around your neighborhood, on a treadmill at the gym or around a track, find the place where you're most motivated to run. I usually run alone but lately it's been fun to have a buddy to motivate me to keep going!

+ Stretch before and after 
Pulling a muscle is my biggest fear when it comes to running so I've gotten really into stretching before and after. I usually stick to the stretch where you grab your leg from behind and pull it up (you know which one I mean?), but I recommend these particular stretches too!

+ Strength train 
Cross training is an important part of becoming a better runner, so compliment your runs with core, leg and arm weight workouts! Check out my health and fitness Pinterest board for lots of these workout ideas.

+ Foam roll if you're sore 
I had to invest in a foam roller after a minor tennis injury a few years ago, and it has really come in handy when I get sore from running. If your legs ever feel tight, it's good to get in the habit of rolling out your muscles (it also feels like a really good massage!).

+ Eat a pre-workout snack 
Apple slices with peanut butter, a protein smoothie, oatmeal, humus and veggies or nuts are all great snack ideas of things to eat before you go for a run. Think protein and carbs!

It has been my goal to get into running for so many summers, and I'm determined to finally get into it for good my last summer before college!
Do you have any tips to share?
xoxo

2 comments :

  1. Love these tips, I definitely need to get back into a good workout routine!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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