I love running, but sometimes it sucks. I once took a few months off my normal running routine, and when I picked it back up again I was left wondering how the hell I ever made it more than two miles. Although it’s my preferred workout method, I know it can be a tough routine to stick with and improve upon. So, here are a few tips if you’re new to running or looking to increase your mileage.
Start slow if you’re brand new to running. Use a walk/run approach where you alternate running and walking for a few minutes. How many minutes you start off jogging will depend on your personal fitness, but gradually increase the amount you’re jogging each week. Start with ten to 20 minutes of alternating between walking and running. And work up to 30 minutes of continuous jogging three times a week.
How to Run Longer Distances:
Run the distance you normally run three times a week, and twice a week add one more mile to your run. So if you normally run 3 miles, do a 4-mile run twice that week. The following week, run 4 miles three days a week and add in two 5-mile runs. This is the method I use to build my mileage, but it may differ person to person. You could spend two weeks, maybe even three, building up to an extra mile. Just find what works the best for your body and schedule.
1.) Eat right – high protein foods are beneficial for longer runs
2.) Stretch and strengthen your core, as this will improve running technique
3.) Having the right shoes is REALLY important. Make sure you have a good, supportive pair of running shoes
4.) A 10- or 15-minute run is better than no exercise at all. So if you’re short on time one day, still run a mile!
5.) Finding a running buddy is a good way to make sure you stick to your routine and stay motivated
What are some things that you do to increase your mileage?