We all know the best way to get better at running is to run. But sometimes, you can't. Maybe it's the weather or maybe it's an injury. Regardless, cross-training can help you stay in shape and keep moving when you can't run.
Don't forget to warm up before a run! For an easy run, you can easily just go for a slow jog to start. But if you're doing a workout and you're planning on doing some intense running, you want to incorporate a dynamic warm up. This should put you through a full range of motion and get the blood flowing. For more on warming up, read this faq about running.
Going for a nice trail run is a great idea on so many levels! It's going to help you build your leg strength and speed, and it's also good for your mental health. Running in nature is so much better than running on a street. That's one of the key benefits of trail running.
Don't let winter keep you down. It's so easy to break your habit and lose your momentum if bad weather hits and you're not prepared. Part of establishing your running habit is minimizing potential obstacles. Get some cold weather gear, and be prepared to run in the winter!
Listening to something while you run? You're going to need two things. You'll need some bluetooth headphones that stay in your ears. The ones that wrap around your ear are good. You're also going to need a way to hold your phone. An armband can be quite useful.
Running should be fun, and it should feel easy. There's a time to run intensely during your workouts. But the majority of your runs should be at an easy pace. They should be enjoyable, and they can be a great form of meditation.
Running by the water is amazing. You get a nice breeze, and there's a certain smell in the air. It can be so much more refreshing than any other environment. If you have a chance to train or race by the water, you should do it.
Racing is fun! But you need to make sure you're prepared. If you're going to run a half marathon, pick an appropriate training plan to help you get ready. You don't want to have to struggle through those 13.1 miles - make sure you're able to finish strong!