Running Insights 2

Posted on August 9, 2009


Here are some more insights I’ve gained through running.

  1. Core Training: Running is not all about your legs. You need to train your abdominal girdle – the muscles all the way around your torso. Those muscles will support your back. In fact, you should be running with your belly button pulled slightly toward your spine, just to support your back.
  2. Soft Feet: Once in a while, run without your MP3 player. Listen to your feet (See #3 on this list). If you can hear the clop, clop, clop of your own feet, then you are hurting yourself. Soften your knees, slow down, and don’t reach so far out in front with your feet. Play with your stride and pace until your feet get quiet. Your knees will thank you.
  3. Observe Children: Look, don’t be creepy about it, okay? When you get a chance, watch some kids run. Their feet land under their hips. They kick out behind them. Their arms flow easy and loose. That’s how we should all run.
  4. Refuel: There’s a “golden hour” right after you work out in which to refuel your muscles. You want a mix of protein, fat, glycogens, and of course water. Check with your local nutrition center for a recommendation.
  5. Pain vs. Damage: Just because you hurt, doesn’t mean you hurt yourself. Some soreness for 24-36 hours is normal. If pain persists, see a doctor.
  6. Take Breaks: Especially when you start working out or increase the challenge of your workouts, take a day off or a very easy day between sessions.

Remember: Run like a child!