Many people run for fun, some people run for fitness, and others run to finish first. Regardless of your purpose for running, there is a certainty that you want to make serious strides to become a better runner. Well, the truth is, becoming a better runner is a pretty simple endeavor. All you need to do is follow the seven simple steps that I have listed in this article and you will see massive improvements in your running.
1. Eat better:
It is certainly not a good idea to go running on an empty stomach. Hunger pangs are a distraction that can sabotage your run. Similarly, avoid running on a full stomach. Making such a mistake will result in a bad case of indigestion and acid reflux. You want to make sure that there is adequate time between eating and running. Importantly, eat the right things. Make sure to consume protein, complex carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables. The protein will provide your muscles with vital building materials. The complex carbohydrates will give you a steady supply of energy. The fruits and vegetable will supply your body with vital minerals and electrolytes. Also, stay away from simple carbs because they will result in a drastic blood sugar spike followed by a sugar crash that will have you feeling totally wiped out.
2. Drink better:
The liquids you drink before running can have a significant impact on your performance. They can either help or hinder your progress toward becoming a better runner. Water is on the top of the list of liquids to drink before running, and not drinking enough of it will certainly lead to dehydration. It is also wise to drink liquids that can replenish the valuable nutrients you use up through physical exertion and lose through sweating. You can make your own citrus juices or purchase specialized sports drinks, both of which are rich in electrolytes. Finally, never drink milkshakes, sodas, alcohol, or any thick and highly sugary liquids before, during, or after running.