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Running for Fitness

Running is a mental game. As a relatively new runner, knowing the benefits of running does not equate to being psyched up to wake up at 2 in the morning for trainings or the actual race. I have strugg...

Running is a mental game. As a relatively new runner, knowing the benefits of running does not equate to being psyched up to wake up at 2 in the morning for trainings or the actual race. I have struggled much, with the insanely early time and the inadequacies of my body to go faster and be stronger. Signing up for a marathon may provide the needed push to lace up and run.

Running is a whole body workout that relatively requires minimum planning, instructions and well no equipment at all. All one needs is to invest in a good pair of running shoes then you are good to go. In this article, I will attempt to provide some guidelines for aspiring runners to train for their first marathon.

Preparation:
Ease up your heart and lungs and see if you can sustain running for significant periods of time. Find short distance races like 3 km or 5 km that may challenge you but not discourage and tire you due to long logged hours of training. For me, it is significant that I feel happy after the run. A bit exhausted by not dead tired.
 
Training:
All runners should provide some ample time training for a race to avoid injuries and reduce muscle soreness. You can schedule your trainings either in the afternoon or early in the morning. Experts advise though that serious trainings be made at the start of the day. Postponing it until later may get you to feel tired easily and get lazy.

Three sessions of training weeks before the actual training is all one needed to finish a short distance race. In the first session, try running at a steady pace for 3-4 km. For the next session, you may want to add variety by doing easy run, run and few sprints. Then on the last session, easy run and set target time for the race.

It is also helpful that runners eat certain foods that can fuel them throughout the race. Fitness experts recommend that runners consume 1,800- 2,000 diet plan with 200 to 300 grams carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the main fuel of the body. You may opt to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Steer clear of simple carbohydrates such as processed pastries and sugar. Drink up also. Drink up before, during and after your training. Dehydration may contribute to incidents of injuries and soreness. It is also best that you load up on water and not on sports drink. Drink sports drinks only after you have trained for more than 30 mins.

Actual Race:
Do not tire yourself too much before the actual race. Have a restful sleep, eat up and be hydrated. Stick also to your training and listen to your body. Do not start to fastFree Reprint Articles, provide some time for your body to warm up.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


The writer took the advice of Healthyway Weightloss Center to a higher level. From walking, she now trains for short distance races. Healthway Weightloss Center provides advice on how to lose weight naturally.



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