Racing is for everyone
American running legend Steve Prefontaine said, “Running is for everyone. the only essential prerequisite for racing is the right attitude. Whatever the weather conditions, that doesn’t stop runners from being active in marathons around the world.
For many people, their approach to physical activity and exercise has changed during the pandemic. From embracing at-home workouts to knowing how to get back to exercising after recovering from COVID-19, the pandemic has shifted our relationship with physical activity. Running played an important role in this. The period of gym closures and shelter-in-place guidelines has led to people adopting running as a new part of their routine, often for the first time.
Personally, for me, that’s why ASICS’ core philosophy, Sound Mind, Sound Body, is more relevant today than ever. He continues to champion the benefits of sport and movement, not only on the body but also on the mind, having an everlasting impact on mental well-being. Here’s a guide to incorporating running into your lifestyle and reaping the benefits for both mind and body.
The first step into something new can be a bit daunting, but once you put your mind to it, wonders can be achieved. Start small. You can only build your running journey if you do it one day at a time.
As they say, “Rome was not built in a day”. Give your body enough time to adjust to running and gradually increase your speed. If that still sounds like a daunting task, find yourself a community to run with. Running with a community will give you a sense of belonging and, at the same time, motivate you to run those miles together.
You can also join ASICS running clubs across the country. ARC is an inclusive running group led by experienced runners who offer weekly training programs with the goal of helping you reach your personal fitness goals. With different training groups tailored to a runner’s specific needs, the club promises exciting running sessions, optimized to help you reach your personal best.
Invest in the right shoes and gear
A run can feel like child’s play if you choose the right pair of shoes – shoes that fit comfortably and fit your running style. I would recommend trying the ASICS FOOT-ID service in our retail stores; it’s state-of-the-art technology that will help you choose the perfect shoe for your foot shape and running style.
It helped me find the ASICS Gel-Nimbus shoes for my first runs, and trust me when I say running has never felt like exercise since! equally important is the undercarriage. Choose running shorts, tops or tights made from lightweight, sweat-wicking fibers. Although these garments are not necessary for running, they help keep you dry and comfortable when you train.
Use a walk/run method
If you are a beginner, I recommend using the walk/run method for the first few days.
It’s the easiest way to build endurance with less stress on the joints and a manageable level of intensity.
Start by alternating intervals of one minute of running with one minute of walking, then try to increase the time spent running.
As you become more comfortable, reduce the time spent walking.
Make time for this race
Running workouts can be tough at first, but they shouldn’t be so hard that you never want to run again. During each practice, maintain a comfortable conversational pace. If the mornings get too overwhelming for you, go for a night run.
A pair from ASICS’ Lite Show collection can easily make that possible for you! The Lite Show is a collection that allows runners to run on their schedule, day or night. Bright colors and eye-catching reflective details increase visibility and help runners feel safer and more confident when running in low light conditions.
Nutrition and hydration
You will quickly learn that eating well and staying hydrated can influence your runs. You lose water through sweat whether it’s cold or hot outside, so you need to drink before, during and after your runs. When running, you should pay attention to your thirst level and drink when you are thirsty.
Likewise, it’s best to eat something light, high in carbs but low in fat, protein, and fiber before a run. Aim to finish eating 90 to 120 minutes before you start running. Keep in mind, however, that every runner is different.
Some runners can eat 30-60 minutes before a run and finish the workout comfortably. It may take some time to find the best routine for you. In a world where stress is the norm, a running break is always a necessity.