Every runner has their own personal tips and tricks that are boost their own stamina, but every runner should be aware of a few things whether you are a 5K runner or a long distant runner.
Wear comfortable clothes
One of the worst feelings while on a run, is having to tug at your too tight shirt, or even worse, the constant struggle with attempting at preventing chaffing. The key is to wear comfortable clothes. Some of the most pleasant clothes to wear on a run is Nike Dri Fit.
Be aware of your arm form
Have you ever been on a run and your arms were so tense that they started going numb? A huge mistake in running is bad arm form. Even worse is when you clench your hands. Don’t do that! Keep your arms and hands relaxed. Once you feel like you are tensing up, give them a nice shake to get them relaxed again.
Keep your chin parallel to the ground
One way to prevent injuries is to keep your head up. It automatically helps out with your form and assists in staying relaxed.
Compete with yourself, not others
It is very difficult to be out on a run and not compare yourself to every other runner. Don’t ever do that! The biggest aid in lowering your running self-esteem is comparing holding your level of running to someone else.
If you try challenging yourself to running at a pace 3 minutes faster than your usual pace, you could cause serious injury. While it is good to push yourself, don’t overdue it just because you want to be like another runner.
Enter a race
In cadence with only competing with yourself, entering a race is the best way to have a healthy competition – with yourself. Not only will it allow you to try to beat your last race time, but running in races is one of the most adrenaline filled activities you can do.
Being at the start line, with hundreds or thousands of other racers is an amazing feeling. These runners are out there, running the same 5K or 10K as you are, and you aren’t challenging them to get the finish line first. You’re racing yourself!
Be aware of your surroundings
While running with headphones assists with keeping a beat or keeping your mind off of the fact that you are only 2 miles into your 6 mile run, it can also be very dangerous. You always want to be aware of your surroundings.
With headphones in, you might not hear that car speeding around the corner or the biker coming up on your left. Try either buying a phone armband and having your music playing without the headphones or wear bottoms with pockets. While the music won’t be playing directly in your ears, you will be much safer.
Train with intervals
Whether you are a beginner at running, or you are a seasoned runner, adding intervals into your training will increase your endurance and better prepare yourself to become a faster runner.
Record your runs
In the age of smartphones, every runner has numerous apps available to track your runs. Map My Run will help you make every run count. It will keep record of your distance, pace, elevation and calories burned.
What’s worse than not wearing comfortable clothes while running? Being dehydrated. Depending on how long you run and how far you run, you should be aware of level of hydration you should be keeping.