The How To Series is a series created by me and Shay where we give advice. I post on Shay’s blog every Thursday, and Shay posts on my blog every Tuesday. The tag is HowToSeries so if you put that in you can see all the topics we have discussed so far. If you have any questions, please ask either me or Shay. If you would like to request a topic for me to write about, please ask in the comments section below, because you guys are the people who are going to read it so I need your opinions!
Hi guys, it’s Ambi- back again for my half of the How To Series. This week I’m going to be talking about running long distance (as I’m sure you guessed from the title but oh well XD)
Long distance running has been a huge part of my life for the most of four years. When I was younger I didn’t realise how good I could be at running. At my primary school, they only let us do sprinting and therefore I didn’t think there was anything more behind running. But once I entered secondary school, we did a cross country which was 2k. I wanted to try my hardest and I’m glad I did because I came fourth out of over a hundred girls, which made more people notice me. I did two other school cross countries after that, coming fourth and second, and I also took part in cross countries racing all the schools in my area.
You might be thinking, what good is running? Well I can tell you- it’s amazing for all types of things! If you jog regularly, you will get so much fitter. Your legs will get stronger and you will benefit in other sports as well. What other people forget, is that you don’t have to run for long. If you run for fifteen minutes for say twice a week, it WILL do you good. In a well known magazine that I read called Elle, I read an article about a women who for every single day of 2015, she ran a mile. For an average person that would take ten minutes, so it’s not that long at all. But the outcome is astonishing.
And now we come to the most important part: How to actually run long distance. I might do a how to sprint in another post but I think I’m more experienced in the long distance area which is why I’m focusing on that for now.
I find that there’s two parts to get better at running.
Firstly, there’s the planning stage. What is it that you want to achieve out of running? Do you want to get fitter generally? Would you want to do a run for charity at the end of it? Whatever it is, you have to think about your running schedule. If you haven’t run a lot before, it’s best to start of with a low distance or time. Whatever you do, don’t start off by running ten miles or something stupid, because you won’t get anywhere and you’ll hurt yourself. Instead, over time, slowly build up the time you’re running for. For instance, for the first week run three times for ten minutes each. Then if you feel ready, move up to three times a week for TWENTY minutes each.
Secondly, there’s the actually-going-out-and-running stage. I think this is the hardest part for everyone- getting off your ass and actually doing something. But if you have a running schedule that I talked about in my first point, you’ll be more likely to be motivated and follow it. I find that going running with someone who is as good as you is good because you can learn techniques that they use, and you’ll be competitive which will make you get better quicker 😉
Some tips that you should take into consideration when starting running is:
– Drink lots of water! Drink a glass a while before you go for a run, and atleast two glasses afterwards. It’s essential that you do so.
– Pace yourself. Don’t start out running really fast because you’re going to have no energy to carry on. Instead, pace yourself so that you’re going at the same speed throughout the run.
– Pace your breathing. I find that this will help you a lot in terms of pacing yourself in general. I’m told by people to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth but I tend to just breathe in and out using my mouth. Every two paces I make I breathe in, and every two paces, I breathe out. This way, it sort of becomes a rhythm.
I hope you enjoyed reading that, and if any of you are runners or want to start running, please let me know!
Also as I said in the beginning please help me out and give suggestions for what to talk about.