You think I’m crazy because I run? Wait til you see me when I don’t!
So said the poster and for me, it embodied exactly why I run: because it’s a stress reliever, because it raises my level of happy hormones, because it makes me a better person, because it’s me time, because it gets me out of the house, because it’s challenging, because I can get better, because some days I may fall, and some days I may thrive and rise, because, in short, it makes me feel human and it makes me feel alive.
Tempted? Here are a few and hard fast rules you need to follow to stay injury-free and safe:
- Wear the appropriate shoes. Ideally, these should be one size bigger than your regular shoes.
- Don’t dress too warmly. If it’s cold outside, dress in layers that you can remove. Never underestimate how hot you’ll get (and I’m just talking about the temperature here).
- Start s-l—o-o-o-o-w-l-y. Increase your distance by no more than 10% per week.
- Always make sure you have something new to keep you motivated: new music, a new gadget, new clothes, etc…
- If you run outside, make sure to keep your music volume low so that you can still hear the traffic.
- Try to run with a buddy, it is safer and definitely more fun.
- If you run at night make sure to wear reflective clothing.
Want to know more? Make sure you check out these amazing books that are sure to get you out there burning the pavement!
What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley
Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
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