Running a personal record in a race is a popular running goal, but there are plenty of other targets to keep you motivated to run all year-long. Here are some goals to set your sights on.
Running 5K doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone, so it’s difficult to say what a good run time is. For some people a good run time is that they finished the 5K at all, whereas other more experienced runners may be itching to beat their previous personal best.
No matter how focused we are on a task or how committed to a schedule, we all go through periods when we need a break – both mentally and physically. This is the same for runners. This can happen after completing a big race that you've been working towards for months as it can be tough to stay motivated once you've reached your goal.
It is always difficult, especially as a beginner runner, to know what pace you should be running at. So for now, don’t worry about your speed, if you are still able to converse you are running at your right speed!
Running for a long period of time puts pressure on your body to produce energy to keep you going and keep your performance up. When you go for a short run (less than an hour) most of your energy comes from stored muscle glycogen. So how do I refuel when running?
Proper hydration for running is essential to avoid causing injury and to improve performance, but often runners are unsure if they should consume a sports drink or just plain water?
Some days we need a little more of a push out the door than others, so just like your running programme, you should also have a plan to maintain your motivation to run. Here are some helpful tips to get you going.
Side stitches can be very painful and are frequent in those new to running as new runners tend to breath quickly and shallow.
Whether you are a new or experienced runner, it is normal to breathe harder than usual. However, breathlessness and discomfort should not be part of running.
Whether you are a beginner or a serious runner, after a long run you are likely to feel some aches and tenderness in your muscles. While this is normal, if the pain is persistent it shouldn't always be disregarded completely as avoiding the pain can lead to a more serious injury. So when is it ok to run through the pain?
Many runners, especially those new to running, often get so excited about their running that they do too much, too fast, too soon. This often results in common overuse running injuries.
First things first – You are not alone. Fear of running in public or feeling self-conscious while exercising prevents a lot of people from even beginning a running routine. You may be worried that you’ll look slow, silly, too fat, and too old to other runners or people on the street.Like anything else, the first time is usually the hardest, so don’t be concerned about what others think!