Running tips

#1
any of you got any tips that you found helped you when you first got into running , ive been trying the stomach breathing ,hard to grasp at first ,but heard its effective
 
#2
Watch ya knees!

Many threads here, seems running's quite popular, can't think why as it hurts your nipples and makes you sweat.

Make sure your trainers are well broken in, well fitted and proper runners and not fashion trainers. Stay well hydrated, build up gradually and try and avoid running on hard surfaces like roads.
 
#4
Morty said:
Watch ya knees!
Keep up the quest Morty mate!!!

I'd just say exactly what Morty said especially the bits about trainers and roads but I found that if I focus on keeping big strides it helps keep my pace up so that might be worth a try.
 
#5
Buy a Heart Rate Moniter, learn to use it properly and you will be surprised at the results.

Dont over train!

SK
 
#8
Remember to always warm up/down and stretch off prior and after going for a run. Lots of fluids prior to the run (At least two hours before) and after. Dont run on an empty stomach either, but again give it couple of hours before a. And finally, go for a sh*t before you go, many a run has been spoilt because the person needs a dump!
 
#9
Mag_to_grid said:
Remember to always warm up/down and stretch off prior and after going for a run. Lots of fluids prior to the run (At least two hours before) and after. Dont run on an empty stomach either, but again give it couple of hours before a. And finally, go for a sh*t before you go, many a run has been spoilt because the person needs a dump!
haha thanks man
 
#10
second the dump thing!

I'm not a natural runner but starting to enjoy it, particularly when you get back afterwards for a hot bath (I take baths to give my muscles and joints a rest - I'm a bit of a clomper so they tend to ache. )

my £30 cross trainers are wicked so much better to run in than my much more expensive air force one's
 
#11
Hate to break it to you Mr Alphabet but the X trainers may not be suitable for running

And what stomach breathing ? I've been running for years now and nver heard of it
 
#12
Put one foot in front other. Repeat process; build up speed until your lungs are bursting.

Hope that helps.

Seriously, just plug at it. I went from a fatty about 2 years ago who couldn't run the length of myself to something resembling a reasonably fit person through perseverence (I still have moobs tho - a gift for life).

Starting out: Set yourself an aim i.e. I will run for x minutes tonight. Always wear a stopwatch; timing will help you enormously as you will find that when you start, 20 minutes solid running might not be achievable, but you will be able to break through this with determination. Aim to run 3-4 times a week at a pace you find comfortable, and make sure to raise your goals when you feel you aren't being pushed hard enough. If you can, find a training partner with a similar ability to help push yourself.

Trainers; I'll echo what Morty has said. Get yourself a decent pair i.e. Asics, Mizuno, Brooks etc. Avoid fashion brands. Mainstream sport stores should have specialised running sections, but better still, get to a good running store and get your running style checked out; they will be able to advise you which trainers to go for. Make sure you get a few pairs of good running socks too.

Breathing; I don't know about techniques, but I found that if I breathed through my nose every few breathes, it would stabilise my breathing and would help avoid getting stitches. Everyone has different techniques tho.

If you check out nike.com, they have a very good guide to building up your running (sift through the crap first), and it does take ability into account. I found it useful when I first decided to do something about my fitness.
 
#13
Haha - Moobs! Never heard that before.

Re. running, a lot of people advocate using cod liver oil (either capsules or as is, yuck!) and Glucosamine Sulphate. They're both suppliments for your joints and have varied results on people. Ultimately though, they don't cost much and unless you're alergic to them, they can't do much harm.
I get mine from Morrisons, but you can pick them up pretty much anywere.

Oh, and a Mp3's useful too!
 
#15
Glucosamine is very good. I mangled my knee running to work with a backpack on (tip - NEVER run with weight; tabbing is the most rapid thing you should do when carrying weight) and it helped sort out the grinding. It takes a month or 2 to take effect tho.

I dunno about the mp3, I found it threw my breathing out when running with one on. Again, everyone is different.

PTP - they're the very fellas I was referring to.
 
#16
eSeL said:
Put one foot in front other. Repeat process; build up speed until your lungs are bursting.

Hope that helps.

Seriously, just plug at it. I went from a fatty about 2 years ago who couldn't run the length of myself to something resembling a reasonably fit person through perseverence (I still have moobs tho - a gift for life).

Starting out: Set yourself an aim i.e. I will run for x minutes tonight. Always wear a stopwatch; timing will help you enormously as you will find that when you start, 20 minutes solid running might not be achievable, but you will be able to break through this with determination. Aim to run 3-4 times a week at a pace you find comfortable, and make sure to raise your goals when you feel you aren't being pushed hard enough. If you can, find a training partner with a similar ability to help push yourself.

Trainers; I'll echo what Morty has said. Get yourself a decent pair i.e. Asics, Mizuno, Brooks etc. Avoid fashion brands. Mainstream sport stores should have specialised running sections, but better still, get to a good running store and get your running style checked out; they will be able to advise you which trainers to go for. Make sure you get a few pairs of good running socks too.

Breathing; I don't know about techniques, but I found that if I breathed through my nose every few breathes, it would stabilise my breathing and would help avoid getting stitches. Everyone has different techniques tho.

If you check out nike.com, they have a very good guide to building up your running (sift through the crap first), and it does take ability into account. I found it useful when I first decided to do something about my fitness.
Thanks mate very helpfull ,i was in same kind of situation but progressing on from that now ,all comments are spot on thanks for going through them for me .appreciate
 
#17
Breathing thru your ass is not bad then you know you are pushing yourself.
Workout wat is best for you breathing big steps or small ones , don't over do it, it is just as inportante to rest your body as training is.
 
#19
Use workouts that are tailored towards yourself in terms of repetitions or weights.

Here's my tip: Buy a stopwatch, print out this page and head down to a running track or similar (street will do, actually). Once you get there, read this:

Do Tabatas (one tabata = 20 seconds max effort, 10 seconds rest).

Your workout of the day:

8x squats
Rest 1 minute
8x push-ups
Rest 1 minute
8x sprints
Rest 1 minute
8x sit-ups

So, start with 20 seconds max effort on squats, rest ten seconds, then repeat another seven times. Move on to push-ups, etc.
You'll be completely exhausted afterwards, but also feeling better about yourself than ever before.

Now go to www.crossfit.com and start doing their daily workout. Every day is different, and that keeps it fun. Hundreds of special forces blokes can't be wrong. I guarantee you that you will get a sub-6 minute mile in a few short months. At the same time, your whole body will become incredibly fit, not just your legs. The best part is that a Crossfit workout is a lot more effective than just running. Because you build general fitness, your run times increase anyway and your joints are spared.
And it's all FREE! You can keep using your regular gym or substitute weight exercises for bodyweight exercises if you want to avoid gyms alltogether. You don't ever to talk to or email the people who run Crossfit. Just follow their workouts and you beat the living crap out of your fellow recruits.
 
#20
Just as a pointer if you are new to running, getting back into it after injury or carrying a bit extra it helps your old joints etc to keep your strides short. Long strides end up exerting more pressure on you. So keep 'em short!

You can extend your stride, the fitter and stronger you get but in the beginning it's more about getting used to doing the activity and doing it often.
 

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