For part 1 (How I Became a Faster Runner) - Click here.
In our last post about how I became a faster runner, I ran through (pun intended) my five point plan/different running workouts which helped me go from a runner who struggled to run 1 kilometre without the need to rest to completing my first half marathon in 18 months.
Now I say 18 months because initially I never intended to complete anything more than 10k. My reasoning was that I never wanted to run more than an hour. That made my goal of a sub-60 minute 10k the ultimate running goal for me.
However, (and I'm sure many of you have experienced this too), but when around other runners, especially post-run coffees, you get the itch and next thing you know, you've signed up for half-marathon races left, right, and centre.
Summer is coming.
It is that time of year again for people to hit the trails and tracks in preparation for trips to the beach and parties by the pool.
Running has been and always will be one of the best ways to get rid of those love handles you packed on during the winter, especially a Covid-19 quarantine winter.
Ever since the release of the smart phones and Bluetooth speakers, hardly anyone runs without music to jam to. With that being said, where do the majority of people place their phone while running? That is a good question. If you survey 100 runners in the US, you will probably get somewhere around 20 different answers. From the classic a hydration pack to the new trendy fanny pack for your chest.
We are at no shortage in carry-ology. The question is, which method is the best? In this post we are going to break down the best methods for you to carry your phone while running.
Best Way to Carry Phone While Running
This is not just one person’s opinion. Our list is a culmination of many runners from all different climates. To make it easy for you, we listed the top 5 most common ways to carry your phone while running from best to least favorable. We also gave you some insight as to why we ranked each method
with pros and cons. Therefore, you can make your own educated purchase on how to solve your phone transport problem.
My Five Star Line-Up to Better Running (FIVE Part Series)
I am very competitive by nature, especially when it comes to sport. I had to be the best I could be so that the team could win. In training, I would make sure I was the fastest, most vocal, could jump the highest (or farthest in the long/triple jumps), score or assist the most goals/points, and so on.
You get the picture...
When it came to running, I was no different. Each run had to be faster than the last. That was because I used to think that there was just one type of run. Just lace up, head out the door and run the streets (or treadmill). My genuine belief back then was that over time, you naturally got faster as your body acclimatized to running, and thus having more stamina and more power, which to me would result in faster times. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, I would grow as a runner with each run to become faster and run farther.
This mentality is very dangerous, and I have quit running a number of times because of it.
You’ve been there before haven’t you?
Frustration because you can’t train the way you want to, with injuries and niggles limiting your ability to train consistently. It feels like your body can’t do what you want it to be able to do, no matter how much your mind is willing it on.
Injuries can be the biggest frustration because ultimately it’s taking away your ability to do what you want to do. It limits your freedom and takes away the joy of running and the feeling of vitality it provides.
In this article I’m going to help solve your problems with a list of 6 simple steps you can take to begin building the habits that will reduce the risk of injury as a runner.
If there is anything running has taught me in my years, is that a lot of the time backwards convention works.
Some of the concepts, theories, ideas, tips and tricks of running that I’ve picked up initially left me confused.
One of those concepts is that slowing down can actually help you go faster. Let me explain…
In 2017 when I start taking running seriously, I couldn’t run very far before stopping, either to walk off a stitch, bring my heart rate down, or to bring my breathing under control. It was a common case of being seriously … unift. For someone who grew up as a competitor (be it athletics, football, basketball, or really anything I tried), I was often left frustrated at not being able to run more than a couple minutes without stopping. I could play back to back competitive games of football or basketball in my high school years, and that sadly raised my expectations of myself.