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How To Run Properly – Is There Such A Thing As Perfect Running Technique?

How to run properly is an important question, but is there such a thing as perfect running technique. The answer to this is both yes and no, not one fit for everyone, because different runners have different body shapes and varying lengths of limbs and many other factors which make one ideal running technique very unrealistic. Ideally you should work on each aspect of ‘perfect running technique’ in isolation, until you’ve mastered it and then attempt to improve another area. What’s really important however is to ensure that you learn how to run properlyand can run comfortably without risking injury by forcing your body to adopt any new style of running too quickly.   It’s easy to avoid this by only adopting one part of ‘perfect running technique’ at a time and limiting the amounts of time that you use it for in one go. For example trying to correct bad knee alignment for a full hour would be very difficult to do, you’d lose…

How To Choose the Best Running Shoe For 5k Training

What is the best running shoe for you? Did you know that the way your foot lands and pushes off the ground has a huge effect on the type of running shoes you need to wear? If you have any preconceived ideas as to which colour or design of footwear you’d like, you should leave them at home. Sure you’re going to have some say as to the colour or make you buy, but ultimately your decision should be based on which pair provides the right kind of support, comfort and fit for you. You can expect to pay a lot of money on buying the best running shoe for you and generally speaking (although not always) the more you spend, the better quality you’ll get. However they will be the biggest expense you’ll have and so it is worth the money if you can afford it. Here are the factors you’ll need to consider. I’ve…

How To Run Faster – 3 Great Tips

If you’re aiming to discover how to run faster for your next 5k run, don’t leave it until race day to put in to practice what you’ll learn here. Go out and use it in your workouts. To be able to run faster in races will depend on you working on slightly shorter but faster runs during your training and possibly reducing the miles you run each week. A study carried out on a number of experienced runners in a Danish university study proved that reducing mileage and adding in a series of shorter sprints led to an overall increase in running speed. The test group was compared against another set of runners who continued running longer distances but at an elevated pace. If you perform any kind of sprinting you must allow at least 10 – 15 minutes to warm up and stretch before gradually increasing your sprint speed up to maximum.…

How To Prepare To Train For A 5K

This page is all about how to prepare to train for a 5k run. So what I’ll cover is the bits you need to think about before you actually start your training. If you’ve made a decision that you’d like to run a 5k, there a few things you need to consider first… Is running going to be right for you? We ‘re only talking about a 3 mile run here, so training for it isn’t going to take over your life, but you are going to have to commit some time to it. As a beginner you’re going to need to do a mixture of exercise which all help to improve your stamina and fitness levels. So if you’re inactive at the moment, you’ll probably need to do a bit more, but let me stress this again…IT WON’T NEED TO TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE. Before you get started and actually begin running, you…

How To Prepare For A 5K – The Day Of The Race

This article assumes that you’ve trained regularly up to this point and ran at least this distance before and that you’re injury free and in good health. So on to how to prepare for a 5k race. We’ll assume that the race starts at 11.00am and it’s an hour’s journey to get there. 8.00am –  After a good night’s sleep (at least 8 hours if possible) your alarm wakes you. 8.15am –  You eat your normal breakfast (hopefully something that’s low in fat and sugar…not a full English breakfast today!) Ideally you eat a bowl of cereal or some toast and a glass of water. 8.45am – Have another glass of water and go for a brisk 15 minute walk. When you get back, stretch off for 5 minutes and then relax for 30 minutes. 9.35am – Pack your running kit. If you’re going in your running gear don’t forget to wear clothing to suit the weather…

How To Train For 5K Running – 5 Simple Steps

This is the way most beginners would start their running regime… They will dream up the idea in a response to feeling unfit or trying on some clothes that felt a little bit tight. It’s usually a goal that has been set because of low self esteem due to one or other of these factors. The next stage is they will go out and run as far as they can and as often as they can. This enthusiasm usually only lasts for a couple of weeks, until the cycle is broken by a problem at home, working late or feeling tired etc. THIS IS NOT HOW TO TRAIN FOR 5K RUNNING!  Instead follow these 5 simple steps. STEP 1  Plan out your goals, make them specific and achievable. Use both long term and short term goals broken in to smaller chunks STEP 2  Get the right training gear, especially running shoes.…

How To Train For A 5K

For any aspiring runner, how to train for a 5k will be one of the first considerations because this distance is really the first race on the running ladder. If you’ve often thought about running a 5k race, but you’ve never really been any good at running, then take heart, you can do it, it’s within most people’s capabilities. Until you’ve practised regularly you probably won’t be great at it, but it’s rare that anyone gets good at something before they have even attempted it. Did the world’s greatest violinist become a virtuoso before even picking up a bow? What about the world’s best golfer, a star before even hitting a ball…I don’t think so. The chances are they didn’t show any sort of exceptional talent after months or even years of PRACTICE. Running doesn’t rely on this type of skill or talent, virtually anyone who is in good health can run. But to go…

5K Run Times – How Fast Can You Go?

If you’re thinking about entering a 5k race sometime soon, you may well be wondering what are good 5k run times? If you’ve completed a 5k in the past and have a time to beat already, then use that to set yourself the challenge of beating this time around. If you haven’t run one yet, then my advice is to simply aim to get round in one piece without having to stop and this time can be your next target. Accomplished runners get better by increasing the speed they run at over successive races and it’s actually the challenge of beating previous times that keeps them motivated to run faster and train harder. If you’re a new runner however, you may be interested to know what the average 5k run times are? Any runners who have previously done a number of 5k races would be looking to complete the race in under 25 minutes, whereas…

How To Go from Couch Potato To 5K Runner

If you’ve ever watched a race, either in person or on the TV and thought to yourself how great it would feel to go from being a ‘couch potato to 5k’ runner, then take heart, with just a little persistence and the right type of training, you can definitely do it. The secret is to begin slowly, by gradually increasing the distances and speeds you run at. Nobody has ever gone from couch potato to 5krunner without any preparation or practice, they simply trained regularly and followed a regular 5k training schedule, consistently taking the steps needed to improve their fitness up to the point where they could comfortably run 3.1 miles in one go without stopping. The first thing you should do isset some realistic goals. These should be a series of smaller goals broken down in to manageable chunks which lead up to your main target of running a 5k race. Being…

Eating For A 5K Run

Eating for a 5k run is a little different to most other ways of eating, if you want to become a good runner, you’ll need to approach the way you eat in a slightly different way. The lighter you are, the easier and faster you’ll run, but most 5k runners don’t enter a 5k race for speed, so eating for a 5k run is of a lesser importance. You’ll burn off calories during training, so to improve performance you may need to eat more. If you’re overweight then this maybe a hindrance to your progress. Being lighter will definitely help you to run faster, further and with less stress on the joints. To become a better 5k runner, your body needs good quality fuel. The types of foods you eat needs to change if you’re running regularly. A typical weight loss program might require somewhere in the region of 50 – 60 %…

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