Runs, as wonderful as they are at times, seem to be more difficult for some people. If you are one of those people, check out these 9 ways to make your runs easier.
Do you feel pain on your feet mid-run? Or does your feet feel hot and get tired easily? Most likely, the problem is with your shoes. Running becomes harder when your feet either gives up on you or is being subjected to a lot of stress. Worn-out, as well as incorrect shoes, can definitely do that. Let your feet be as comfortable and safe as possible. For example, wear shoes based on your gait. Choose shoes which are made of breathable materials. If you want to try something different, pick up a pair of Diadora running shoes. The Italian brand is known for quality and technology. Lotto, another Italian brand, is also a good option.
Like any hobby or sport, too much can burn you out. If you feel that runs are becoming harder, especially after pushing yourself even more, then it's time to rest a while. Rest will not just heal your tired muscles but refresh you, so you'll be energized for your next run.
3. Find Your Training Time
Sometimes, how you perform is based on the time of the day you feel most comfortable. For example, not everyone is a morning person. And some people are too exhausted to run after work. So it's important to know what schedule fits your needs. You may have to experiment at the start by running at different times, but it will be worth it when you find your comfort zone.
4. Get the Right Fuel
Not eating the right foods and dehydration can easily wear on you when you run. Eat healthy foods and complex carbohydrates before and after your run. Make sure you're properly hydrated as well. Of course, there's no better drink than water.
5. Run for a Purpose
Running for the heck of it may work in the short run, but it may be different in the long run, especially when factors like schedule and repetition sets in. Running then becomes harder. Make runs easier by having a purpose. It could be about losing weight or staying fit. Another good reason is charity. You can find a lot of runs where proceeds go to a good cause. A purpose becomes a stimulating factor for you to run.
6. Shorten your stride
Over-striding is a sin when you're running. It may seem like you are getting more out of your run, but you're actually tiring yourself out and setting you up for possible shin injuries. Shorten your strides instead.
7. Crank Up the Music
Get an 'Internal rhythm' by using songs. Use the beat and time to prep you up during the run. You can sing (out loud or just in your head, if you're shy) and before you know it, you've finished a portion of your run. Does finishing half a mile in 5 minutes seem daunting? Play a five minute Imagine Dragons song (or Beyoncé, depending on what you like) and conquer your run. However, let the music motivate you and not distract you.
8. Run with someone (does not have to be human)
A good conversation and added motivation from a running partner can really help make a run easier. Most likely, you will not even notice you've covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Mind you, a running partner does not need to be an actual person. A pet dog-or a seriously obedient and athletic cat-can make an excellent running partner.
9. Pick a Good Route
Nothing like a good running route to give you an easier time. Pick a scenic place so it's easy on the eyes. A smooth route is also good for your feet.