Whether you’ve been running for 10 days or 10 years, there is always room for improvement. Technique is definitely important, but there are many things you can tweak to make running a more enjoyable experience! Follow these tips for making your runs a bit more comfortable!
- Have a schedule: Don’t wait until you have time, because there is always something else you may rather be doing. Pick a consistent time and make it part of your self care routine.
- Wear comfortable shoes: There’s nothing worse than going for a run and feeling blisters form in the first 15 minutes. Investing in a pair of comfortable shoes is important, and don’t believe in the concept of needing to “break in” shoes.
- Pace yourself: Many runners push themselves too much in the first part of running, which leaves them exhausted and uncomfortable for the remainder of their run. It’s much easier to take it easy in the beginning and pick up the pace later.
- Consider your route: Plan your routes so that you know how much mileage you’re covering and so you can plan to pass water fountains, etc. It also helps to travel a scenic route rather than an unchanging paved path.
- Keep it fun: Exploring different routes, finding new running music, inviting experienced runner friends are all ways to keep things light and adventurous!
- Warmup and cooldown: Stretching your muscles and allowing your body to transition into and out of runs is important for preventing injuries.
With proper footwear and motivation, you can make running into an enjoyable and healthy activity! If you experience any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, or need advice on what kind of shoes to get, seek help from an experienced board-certified podiatrist.
At Your Next Step, our dedicated podiatrists Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen treat injuries effectively using innovative technologies. We also treat conditions such as arthritis, diabetic foot problems, nail fungus, and nerve problems. Contact us to make an appointment at our locations in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA!