What to Know Before You Start Running
There is no feeling quite like the adrenaline rush that you get from running. Regardless of whether you are running just for recreation or if you have specific race goals in mind, it is important that you have a plan in place before you begin this new activity. Here are three things to know before you start running.
One of the best things about running is that you do not need any type of fancy equipment. All that you need is a good pair of running shoes, and you are ready to get started. That said, it is vital that you pick the right pair for your feet and your gait. A specialty running store can help you to find the proper shoes for your needs. The type of surface that you plan on running on will also determine what shoe is best for you. Taking the time to find the best pair of shoes will minimize the risk of injuries and deliver a more comfortable experience.
When it comes to building your running endurance, consistency is key. Like all types of exercise programs, it is important that you build up slowly to your desired goal. Running three to four times per week is a good starting point. Gradually building your mileage and speed is the best way to ensure that you do not get hurt. While you may not see noticeable results at first, a consistent training program will help you to reach your physical fitness goals in a safe way. Once you have built your aerobic base, you can work on building up your speed.
Although running is not inherently a dangerous activity, it is still important to be cautious when taking to the road. Make sure you follow safety tips to prevent injuries and accidents as you are running. Running in the dark brings a new level of safety precautions that need to be put in place. Wearing reflective clothing, only running on well-lit streets and paths, and always letting somebody know of your intended route are all steps that it's smart to implement when you lace up your sneakers at night.
While it is tempting to want to jump right in and ramp up your running, you will enjoy a safer and more comfortable experience if you gradually build up your endurance. Finding out what works best for you individually is the key to a successful running experience.
If you like running, come try out our three-lane track in our fitness center!