Simply put I love running and after 7 years of actively participating in short races, marathons etc. my love for running remains the same the only difference being I am a lot more experienced and wiser now and today I am going to share with you some things I learnt with time, stuff nobody will tell but which will help you become a better and accomplished runner especially if you are beginner.
Work hard but don’t forget to rest
Yes I work hard, extremely hard but in midst of that I lay equal emphasis on my recovery as well and so should you. All runners should preferably sleep for 8-10 hours at night and an hour in the afternoon after your training.
Spend time with your family and friends; take a holiday every now and then. You need to rest both physically and mentally to keep off injuries.
Eat more but eat well
A good diet has always been an important part of my training routine and it does not always mean reducing your consumption or stopping foods you love. A few add-ons and a couple of changes is all you need.
Know how much you run and eat accordingly but always eat fresh and switch to whole foods. This will help you fuel up and at the same time prevent extra weight gain.
Explore other sources of refueling
We all know how our mental state affects our body. Your will, inner strength etc. too help improve your race times. Proper mental conditioning is not as tough as you might think. I have learnt that small things such as a smile or exploring new places are enough to lift spirits.
Be around people that make you happy, keep you motivated and let not your happiness be dominated by only your success. Find happiness in even the smallest of victories and achievements.
Ignore haters, find people that support you
Is your life full of relatives or friends telling you your making a big mistake and running isn’t the sort of thing for you? This is often the reason most beginners quit but my advice would be to ignore such people.
There are a whole lot of good things waiting for you and you are not alone either. Get in touch with running groups, participate in or at least visit marathons or other races to meet more like minded people.
Always have goals
You maybe 23 now and might have 10s or 100s of goals but in some years you will be 40-45 and that is no reason to not have any goals. As you may have heard age is just a number. Always have goals and always strive to improve, break records etc.
Keep up your fitness levels and when it gets tough and trust me it does, dig deep and keep moving forward. It is easier to quite but more rewarding not too.