We have shared some Running Tips for New Runners and the last tip we have there is on asking help from seasoned runners. Here’s a compilation of the tips from runner blogger friends. They are seasoned runners. Some have done marathons, (distance of 42.195 KM) and ultramarathons (more than the marathon distance). Some of them are into trail running and even into triathlons.
Learn from them as they share their tips. These are in no particular order, these are all important notes to remember. We have included links to their blog posts so you can read more of their articles. Happy reading and happy running!
Don’t Experiment – Don’t eat something new. Don’t drink a new sports drink. Don’t even try sleeping in a very cold room before race day, this can give you problems.
The most important piece of equipment we need in running is our running shoes. But we should be able to pick the perfect one for our feet because running , while being a simple sport that anybody can do, forces our feet and legs through a fairly complex series of movements. And oh, a possible cause of shinsplints is the poor choice of running shoes.
As you progress from a walk/run to a 30 minute straight run and on to 1 hour runs, you should start considering including quality runs i.e. tempo, various speed repeat distances and long runs. This is where you can start training with your faster friends without them sacrificing their own training days. Best combo for slow-fast friends buddy run is the tempo-easy run combo. The slower friend can run their tempo while the faster friend is doing their easy run. A definite win-win!
Learn to rest and recover – this is one part of the running cycle most often neglected. Rest to recover even when you are not feeling anything painful or tired. Anything in excess is bad.
Trying to blend in by stretching my legs and trying to do what the other runners do. Then we’re off. Nearing the first water station, the newbie me passed up to hydrate. Newbie mistake… I was thirsting for water for the next kilometers.
When you have a certain goal, it’s really important to take it slow and be patient. There may be bumps and turns along the way, but what matters is getting there safe and in one piece.
Position yourself at the starting area according to ability and expected finish time. The runners who expect to contend for the top prizes should be in front. Runners confident of a fast pace can position themselves behind the elites, while slow runners and those new to the distance can place themselves at the back of the pack. Of course, you need to be honest with yourself where you belong. With timing chip technology, everyone’s chip time is recorded and we can all attempt our PR’s without getting in other people’s way.
Be tough, mentally. Running long distances for hours on end can make you lose your mind.
Sleep well on the second to the last night before the marathon even if you can’t sleep the night before (i can’t on the eve of every race). The two nights before your race is the most restful. Works well for me.
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Overspeeding kills. It doesn’t shorten your way, but it shorten your life, at least in the motorists perspective.If you speed up, be cautious. If you do, inspire. And don’t forget to light-up especially if its dark.
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