Bijgewerkt: 19 jun 2020
Once upon a time, I thought running was just putting on my shoes, a nice playlist and go. Well, that is a long time ago. I have learned, with lots of trial and error, that it is not THAT easy. Here is what I have learned during my 6 year running career;
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY; I cannot stress this enough. If you feel sick, DON'T GO. If you feel pain in your knee/ foot/..., DON'T GO. Pushing your body when it is not feeling OK is one of the worst things you can do. Take instead one (or a couple) of rest days and you will see that you will improve more and faster.
A good playlist; I ALWAYS run with music. My dad for example runs while listening to a podcast, I tried this once and lets say that that run was one of the most boring ones I have done so far. However, everyone has a different preferences! Try to put a mix in your playlist of songs with more beats and also some 'slower songs'. You will automatically start running faster on songs such as 'Animals' by Martin Garrix and slow down with 'All of me' by John Legend. Click here to see my playlist that I used to the marathon of Valencia.
Fitting running shoes; My last six pairs of running shoes were accidentally from Asics. However, before I buy my shoes, I ALWAYS go to a running store to get an analysis of my running. This is very important in order to find the right shoe for you. Many running stores nowadays offer this free service, and I would highly recommend using this! A good running shoe needs to be replaced on average after running 1000- 1200km with it.
Fitting running clothes; This one is especially important for the ladies. Your sport bra should not be too big/ small (if it covers your breasts, it's the right size) and if you jump up and down, you should not feel any pain. Just this might look funny when trying your bra, but believe me, it's worth the jumping jacks. For men, if you go for a long run, put tape on your nipples! Bleeding nipples is NOT a recommendation (not from experience, but I have seen faces of people who had them...) Furthermore, I always run in clothes that are not too tight and feel comfortable. Some brands I would recommend are Under Armour, Nike, Asics or H&M is fine too.
Water; Spring has started and so the temperatures are rising again. First of all, I would highly recommend to go running in the morning or late evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Furthermore, once you run more than 1h I would recommend taking some water with you. I personally use a running backpack with a water bag inside, but a normal drinking bottle is also fine. It all depends on your personal preferences.
Discipline; Last but not least, it won't always be easy. Some days you will have heavy legs, other days you might want to sleep in and then there are days you just don't feel like running. I get that. Been there, done that. However, once you have a goal you want to work towards, you need to be consistent in your trainings to be able to reach your dream. So put those running shoes on a place where you can't ignore them, put them on and enjoy the runners high!
Speaking of running, I think it's time for my date with my running shoes. Hope this article was helpful, however, if you still have questions don't hesitate to reach out to me.