If you want to start running, read this first
The weather is getting warmer and the outside is so inviting. Suddenly you have the urge to take up running as a new hobby, or perhaps return to it after a winter or baby hiatus.
Whatever the reason, there are a few things to consider before hitting the pavement. The following tips will save you time, swollen ankles, and frustration. They aren’t tips to make you a better runner; they are the tips you need to simply get started.
Before you start
Before you head out on your first run, stay hydrated, stretch, warm-up and have a plan.
Drink plenty of water before and during your run. Skip the pre-energy drink and reach for a cup of coffee 45 minutes before your run for a caffeine boost. Men’s Health says if you time it just right, that cup of coffee will help you use stored fat as energy.
You’ll want to stretch to wake up your muscles and get the blood flowing.
Make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes and clothing. Get fitted for the right shoe and increase your foot and ankle support with socks that enhance healthy circulation. Crazy Compression Socks do just that and look cute!
Here are a few articles we’ve published to help you get ready for that first run:
- Tips Every Runner Needs for Strong Ankles and Feet
- Best Apps to Get You Running
- 10 Mistakes First Time Half Marathoners Should Avoid
- Why You Should Consider Joining a Running Group
After your first work out
If this is your first time to run, there are a few things you need to know to help with recovery time. Muscle aches can mean a number of thing--from needing rest or better nutrition to a possible injury. Make sure you have a recovery plan before you begin. It will help you stay on the trail longer and see improvements faster. It will also help you keep from getting discouraged.
One great way to aid in recovery, according to a 2014 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, is to wear compression socks.
The following are a few more tips from previous blog posts to keep in mind before you venture out on your first run.
- Make sure to include rest days into your routine and get plenty of quality sleep
- How to Repair Sore Muscles
- Don’t do the same routine day after day, try these boredom busters instead
What are some of your personal goals and the challenges that have led to your decision to start running? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @crazycompression so we can cheer you on!