Heyyyyyyyyyy! How are you doing today?
I have secrets to tell you today.
They are secrets that some runners don’t know!
This is under ground stuff… black market secrets.
But I have learned a few tricks in my years on the street (as a runner, NOT a street walker!) that I would love to share!
This blog post will self destruct in 15 minutes, so read it fast!!
Inspector Gadget style.
I am obviously a child of the 80’s.
Whatever, I am old, I get it.
But, I digress.
You are here for the secrets!
Let’s get to it then…
Secret #1: Don’t dry your dri-fit clothes with dryer sheets. They remove the clothing’s ability to wick away sweat. If you are anything like me… you need all the wicking that you can get. Gross, I know… but at least you don’t have to work out with me!
Secret #2: Are you trying to wake up early to run, but can’t find the energy to get up? Try laying your clothes out the night before.
Secret #3: Tired of getting injured? Start stretching after your work outs (Want extra points? Stretch before too!).
Secret #4: Think you are too old, too slow or too overweight to start running? Negatory captain. Meet Fauja Singh, the 100-year-old runner who is the world’s oldest person to complete a full-length marathon.
Secret #5: Don’t feel like running? Just go for a run around the block; once you are out there, you will probably keep going.
Secret #6: Think you have to follow your training plan to the tee? Not even close. Many runners (including me!) are perfectionists. It is okay to skip a few runs, run on different days than you scheduled, and do a shorter run than your plan calls for. Listen to your head and your body! All that matters is that you stay consistent.
Secret #8: Taking a few days off is going to kill your endurance. Not true! You can stop running for up to 5 days with no significant loss of conditioning. You’ll regain your fitness within a week or so.
Secret #9: You don’t need to carb load before a race. Most runners usually eat a pretty high carb diet as it is, which means that their glycogen storage is normally topped off. Although it is important to increase your carb consumption the week before your race, excessive carb loading before a big race is just going to slow you down or give you a case of the trots…. and we don’t want to pull a Paula now do we!
No… no we don’t. (If you don’t know what I am referring to, google Paula Radcliff poop marathon… or just take my word for it.)
Secret #10: You can’t train for a marathon on a treadmill. Well, this is definitely not true. Although the treadmill does do some of the work for you, it’s great for getting used to a goal race pace or to do sprint work. It isn’t advised to train for an ENTIRE marathon on a treadmill, but it’s been done before (it’s probably pretty boring though).
There you have it dudes!
10 secrets that you might not know about running.
Did you learn anything new?
Do you have any secrets to share?
Teach! Teach! Teach!