5 tips get you back in the (running) game

Budding runner or experienced pavement pounder? Whether you’re starting from scratch or re-building a running routine, there are few places to get you in mood to move like a jaunt along the Bay Run.

If you’re not yet ready to commit to running, the following tips apply to walking as well. Even moderate exercise is good for you, so feel free to set your own pace.  

Here are five tips from our friends at Healthfix to help maximise your training.

  1. Build up your training. Adding distance to your training should be a gradual process. A good starting point is to aim for three sessions per week – one shorter run where your heart rate is high; one tempo run where you add time to each kilometre; and one long distance run where you let your mind roam free.
  2. Mix up your terrain. Long distance runs come in all shapes and sizes. Play around with different hills and flat surfaces to up your endurance.
  3. Look after your feet. If you’re serious about making running a regular part of life, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your running shoes. If you don’t have a good pair of running shoes, it’s time to treat your feet to something soft, light, durable and comfortable.
  4. Listen to your body. Depending on your fitness and running experience, it can be common to experience pain in your knees, feet and lower back. If you’re experiencing a niggle for more than three days, reach out to your physio sooner rather than later.
  5. Recovery is key. Running can be physically demanding on your body. Stretching, rollers, and yoga may help prevent injuries. Above all else, make sure you get enough sleep to enhance your recovery.