Thursday, February 5, 2015

How to Run Long Distances

Wondering how to run a long distance? Perhaps you need some tips? This guide should help you do better at running a long distance.


1.Eat and drink well before and after each run. 

Have a power bar or banana at least half an hour before your run so that you will be adequately fueled throughout the run. Afterwards, eat a good meal to help you recover from the workout. Make sure you hydrate well before your run -- guzzling large amounts of water right before you start won't help hydrate you throughout a long run.

How to Run Long Distances

2. Plan your run. 

Decide what distance you want to run and where you want to go. Consider factors like hills and running surface when planning your route.

How to Run Long Distances

3. Dress appropriately. 

Wear light weight running shoes that are in good condition and fit your feet well. Wear cool, comfortable clothes that will wick sweat while you run.

How to Run Long Distances

4. Take a warm-up lap around the block, school, track, or any other place that will take a few minutes to run around.

How to Run Long Distances

5. Do various stretches to help loosen your muscles. 

Focus on the legs, but also stretch your arms, back, and core.

How to Run Long Distances

6. Complete your run. 

Try to run the whole way at a consistent pace. If you need to, walk for a few minutes before running again, but don't stop. Pay attention to your form: make sure not to be tense in the upper body, as this will tire you out much faster. Also make sure to run from the middle of the foot to the toe (land on the ball of your foot and lift off from the toes).

How to Run Long Distances

7. Breathe well. 

Breathing is important in running long distances and learning how to breathe while running can help tremendously.

How to Run Long Distances

8. After running, rest and drink water. 

Stretch well to minimize soreness after the run.

9. Run every day. 

This will help condition your body and get yourself used to running. This will be hard at first, but you will get stronger and start to feel more comfortable running.

10. Gradually build up your distances each time you run. 

If you have never run before start at 1 kilometer (0.62 mi). When you can comfortably run that, try to go a little farther. Gradually increase to 5 kilometers (3.1 mi), then 10 kilometers (6.2 mi). Continue to push yourself until you achieve your distance goal.

11. Enter some races! 

If you are in Junior High or High School join the track and cross country team, or join a local running club and enter races in your town or city. Try to get a personal best each time you do a race.

12. Keep at it! 

Distance running is very difficult and not many people keep it up. But you can! People will really admire you for keeping at it, and you will be happier and healthier throughout your life.



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