Pacing yourself – It can be thrilling doing five laps the first time you start running but doing too much too soon makes you vulnerable to injuries. Remember to start slow and build your pace a day or two, at a time. Which also means you need to avail your cheat days.
Cheat Days – Rest is as important to a sustainable exercise routine as exercise itself. So take those well-deserved days off and rest your muscles.
Pre-run diet – Don’t run after a heavy meal! Best times for running are early mornings, before breakfast or if weather allows…before dinner. Before your run, snack on a banana/ apple a small portion of green smoothie. Keep it light and hydrated!
Gear – The right shoes can help you prevent Plantar Fasciitis (tear in foot ligament), any other unnecessary strain on your muscles and overall, tremendously improve the quality of your run. For women, the right bra prevents backaches and helps a lot in improving the gait.
These are just the broad tips for improving your experience during that first month. Remember, everyone’s pace and stamina is different and it’s more important to enjoy your run than just count the laps. So shut out the noise, plug in the pods and enjoy your run!