Running Is For Everyone!

Running Is For Everyone!

Beep beep beep, that's the sound of your alarm clock going off at 5:59 a.m. It's time to throw on your running gear and shoes and hit the open air. It's liberating to feel the crisp chill of the morning air against your skin, a slight breeze, and a slowly rising sun. Be sure to stretch to get your muscles awake and ready to go. Don't forget to grab that water bottle on your way out the door, as staying hydrated is key to any run you do, whether long or short. 

Before you head out, let loved ones know you are heading out for a run and your route. Always keep safety in mind when going outdoors for a run. Also, begin with an end in mind. Whether running for time or distance, know how far and how long you will run in this session. As you take your first steps, remember your running form:

  • Look straight ahead 
  • Slight lean forward
  • Elbows tucked
  •  Lift your knees
  • Slight knee bend
  • Be light on your feet
  • Land on your midfoot
  • Push off with your toes
  • Take your rear end with you

As you get into your rhythm and your favorite songs are playing, monitor your pace and heart depending on the type of run you are doing, be it a tempo fun, endurance, or just a casual jog. Monitoring these critical aspects will help you get the best out of your session. As you make your way home, take the time to enjoy the journey, put a smile on your face and be thankful that you can get outside for a run.

Upon your return, be sure to stretch and continue to hydrate. If you didn't grab any food before your run, now's a good time to have a post-run snack like a banana, apple, granola, or protein bar for post-run nutrition, but also a reward for a job well done! As the runner's endorphins set in, you got one in today. Be proud of yourself, and take a moment to reflect on what you have just accomplished.

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