Whether you’re an avid runner, a beginner, or someone that doesn’t enjoy running at all, there’s a chance that you might not be getting an optimal running experience.
Here are a few ways you can change your outlook on running and actually look forward to going for a run.
Proper Shoe Fit
The type of shoe you put on before a run might seem trivial, but this decision can absolutely make or break your experience. The way your feet land on the ground when you run will determine the type of shoe you should be wearing, which is why proper shoe fitting comes highly recommended. There are different types of running shoes–neutral shoes, stability shoes, cushioned shoes, and motion control shoes, to name a few. Stores like Runnersworld, Roadrunner sports, Runner’s Den, or any local running store in your area will be able to evaluate your arch and help find the proper shoe for you. These different types of shoes exist because each person’s running mechanics will vary. Running in shoes that do not fit your running stride can cause injuries like shin splints, knee pain, or back problems later on down the line. On the contrary, running in the right shoes can make running enjoyable given that your body has the support it needs.
Breathing: If you ever find yourself out of breathe, it might be that your pace is too fast, or you could be breathing inefficiently. Many professional runners and trainers recommend breathing out of your belly (or diaphragmatic breathing) as opposed to shallow chest breathing. Additionally, taking breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth consciously will control your pace along with your breathe intake.
Posture: Over-striding is all too common and can really cause your body to overwork itself. As a rule of thumb, try to remember that your feet should land directly underneath your hips, that way there is no stretching or reaching. Standing up tall and straight is also important as it will prevent you from leaning forward or slouching.
A huge reason running has a reputation for being boring is because it is not always enjoyed outdoors. I like to call this “dreadmill”. Sure, a treadmill is convenient at times and may seem more comfortable, but it doesn’t necessarily facilitate the most natural running stride. Going for a run outdoors and giving yourself a change in scenery could be what you’re missing out on, especially if it might seem boring to you now. There’s a whole world out there for you to see! Put in some good music, get some good running shoes on and enjoy it!