Follow these few guidelines to avoid having a terrible run.
Don’t run immediately after eating a huge meal.
You’re going to get a belly ache and that is going to ruin your run. Instead, if you aren’t the one cooking the meal, try sneaking in your run beforehand. Then make sure you pick up your fair share of the meal duties by cleaning the dishes. If you must run after you eat, that’s fine. Just choose a small or light meal and give yourself a few minutes to digest.
Don’t run when you’re dehydrated.
Dehydration can lead to a dramatic decrease in your body’s ability to perform. A 2% loss in body weight due to dehydration can reduce athletic performance by up to 20%! If all you have available is water, that’s fine. But if you want to optimize your hydration levels, consider adding some sports specific electrolytes.
Don’t run by yourself.
This tip might be difficult given we are in a global pandemic but it isn’t impossible. A running partner you actually like not only makes you accountable to going for that run but also is more enjoyable. If running with someone is not in the cards, that’s fine. Engage with the community through a variety of social outlets, like Training For The Win and others. And if you are feeling the need for a bit of a distraction while you’re out logging your miles, consider a podcast. You can catch up on the news, learn something new, or space out with something trashy. Better yet, find a pod wherein you can accomplish all three at once!