Start a Running Program

The first mistake people make when they begin a running or jogging program is that they run too fast. This will leave you out of breath and spent in about 5 or 10 minutes. When this happens people generally think to themselves that anyone who runs is crazy or likes punishing themselves.

This simply is not true. Once I found out how to run properly, I was able to run a few miles with ease and comfort.

I had been running for about a month and was up to two miles. But at the end of these two miles, I felt as if I was going to keel over and die. My legs hurt. My lungs hurt. Everything felt wrong.

I thought I would just keep running these two miles until it became easier, but it never did. It got harder, if anything.

Then I heard about a guy named Stu Mittleman. This guy had run from San Diego to New York in 56 days. Basically Stu ran two marathons a day for 56 days. So I bought his book called Slow Burn and it completely changed any negative feelings I had about running.

The first thing I did was bought a heart rate monitor. This cost around 100 dollars and was the best purchase I have ever made. It allowed me to monitor my heart rate and stay at a comfortable running level, even while running up hills.

What I did, was started running at 50 to 70% of my maximum heart rate. At first, I felt like I was going too slow and not getting a good workout. But within a week, I was able to run 4 miles without any problems. The best thing was that after the four miles, I felt incredible. Instead of feeling like I was going to die before, I actually felt better.

To find your targeted heart rate zone, do the following:

Subtract your age from 220. Then multiply this by .50 and .70 and that will give you your targeted zone.

Example: Age 28

220-28 = 192

192 x .50 = 96

192 x .70 = 134

By this example, if you are 28, then you should be running in the heart rate zone of 96 to 134. To make it easier to remember, just round it up to 100-135.

If you are running in this zone, you will probably be very comfortable and be able to run a good distance.

You see, the problem people usually face is that they start off running too fast. You just need to slow down. It isn’t necessarily how hard you run, but that you are moving as much as possible, as often as possible.

Once you begin to add mileage, you will get in better shape and be running faster anyways. You just won’t be working any harder. Your body will adapt, and you will begin to move more efficiently, without more effort.

Common Running Shoe Buying Mistakes

Don’t simply buy for looks

Many first time runners get too concerned with fashion and forget about the most important issues like proper support, fit and comfort. Don’t let the color or the style of the footwear influence the decision-making process. If the running shoes don’t give the desired support, they will soon leave the feet feeling irritated and sore.

Shoes are too tight

Wearing a pair of running shoes that are too tight can soon lead to black toenails, blisters, or similar issues. Many runners prefer to wear close-fitting shoes for their normal everyday activities, but this same rule shouldn’t apply when engaged in physical activity. The preferred option is to have a little extra space in the forefoot to avoid squashing the feet. Try to leave a space of about half an inch in this area for the most comfortable fit.

Don’t wear shoes for too long

On average, a decent pair of running shoes should last in the region of 300 to 500 miles. It is not practical to wear this type of footwear unit they are completely worn out. A good indicator of when it is necessary to replace the footwear is when aches and pains start to become a common issue. Other indicators of the worn out footwear include lumpy foam inside which leads to the uneven sole and smooth grooves on the bottom.

Shop at the right time of day

The preferred time to buy footwear is later in the day. Our feet will continue to sweet throughout the day and this can continue until about 4 PM. So, it makes sense to wait until the evening to try on the running shoes to increase the chance of finding the most comfortable fit.

Don’t assume the shoe size

It is important to get the feet measured every time a new pair of running shoes is needed. The shoe size is very likely to differ between different brands and types of shoes. Also, the stitching, shape of the upper and foot forms can have an impact on the all-round fit and comfort.