Today we’re going to talk about the basics of running and the one simple rule you need to remember for running. Maybe your new to running and you just don’t know where to start. If you pick up a running magazine or even google “running tips” it will give you so many options. Almost too many. It becomes overwhelming. Headlines might be something like this…….
“Run Less to Run Faster”
“27 Ways To Run Better Everyday”
“10 Tips To Run Better and Faster”
“The Science of Running”
“Run: Beyond The 5k”
“Born To Run”
” 25 Ways To Run Faster”
“Everything you need to know to run, faster”
The list and books and magazines go on and on and on. Forever.
Then there’s the list of experts……Galloway, Higdon, Hanson, Romanov, your Dad, your Mother, the guy at the track that never shuts up. It just goes on and on.
So what is a newbie to do? Who do you listen to?
When I started I only knew of Galloway, Higdon, and a lady in the area who I’ll call Mrs. B. I would harrass Mrs. B at the track because I didn’t know any better and I would read whatever books I could get my hands on. Then Google came into my life along with Amazon and suddenly I was on running overload with a touch of ADD. Then I fell into a running slump. All the sudden I didn’t know what program to follow or what to do.And finally, the most basic rule of running was preached to me. Over and Over. It’s so simple.
You don’t have to be fast. You don’t have to have any fancy equipment (although I do love my Garmin) but at the end of the day, the single most important thing to remember when you don’t know what you should be doing………Just run.
Putting one foot in front of the other and staying with it is so important. It’s a natural anti-depressant, your overall health is need of it and your body was intended to move. It was not intended to watch Netflix hour after hour. In fact my new favorite quote is, “If you rest, you rust.” It’s true. Doing nothing is worse than doing a really slow mile.
Now I realize once you start training for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or……….dare I say it….ultra, you’ll need a plan an even then it’s flood of advice and plans out there. So far for me, hiring a coach has been THE best thing for my training. His advice resonates throughout my training even now. A lot of times when I’m plotting my next race I have his advice and tips to fall back on. That’s priceless! I was very fortunate to have that experience.
I think the most important thing you can do is just run and get connected to your local running group. You’ll learn so much from one another and that in itself will help you grow as a runner.
So remember, when all else fails and you just don’t know what to do, just run!