Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Rules For Running, and a Few for Life
Don't run in the house. You should have learned this as a kid!
Get running shoes fitted at a running store. Wear them even if they are not cute.
Prevent injuries by strength training. Nearly half of all runners are injured in any given year. This does not include poking yourself in the eye with the mic at karaoke.
Prevent injuries by warming up and cooling down. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is the most common treatment for soft tissue injuries.
Casts are the most common treatment for broken bones and some times face-palms.
Prevent injuries by stretching. 82 percent of runners will experience a running-related injury in their lifetime.
Have a training plan. What is the goal of your training? To run far? To run fast? To run a 5K? To get to the bar on time?
Have a flexible plan.
Celebrate your victories!
Don't increase mileage or intensity too much each week.
The best run is the one you don't skip.
Don't just run, strength train and cross-train. Fitness keeps injuries low.
Eat some carbs and protein within 30 minutes after a run. (Lots of geeky scientific reasons, just do it!)
Run facing traffic. You'd hate to miss your last second on earth without knowing what hit you.
Don't run right after eating Thanksgiving dinner.
Remember, you are not on a bike. If you try to coast, as soon as your legs stop, you'll fall flat on your face.
If your muscles are sore after a run, that's good.
Get enough sleep. It's best if it is not while you're running.
Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles, or if they stink so bad they could knock over a skunk.
Learn to run long slow runs and fast short ones. It depends on how long you have until the cops find out what you did.
If you run at night, make yourself visible. Most drivers are not using night-vision goggles.
If you have any sharp pains during/after running, that's probably a sign to take a few days off.
You should be able to talk in complete sentences while running. That is to say, if you can talk in complete sentences when not running.
A headwind always slows you down more than a tailwind speeds you up. It's hearsay, but it feels that way.
Running uphill slows you down more than running downhill speeds you up. Also hearsay.
Don't run with scissors. If you are reading this, you probably still have eyes.
(Dr. Finch: Where would we be without our painful childhoods?)
Take rest days! At least one a week. If you are new, start with 4 rest days, and work up slowly. (Have a training plan!)
Did I miss any?