Traveling to Run

Running is considered as one of the best cardiovascular exercises. But have you ever travel to run? That’s what we did and we stayed in Abbey Inn St George, Utah before doing the marathon there. Most people think of traveling as something to do to sit by the side of the pool, but there’s  more to traveling that just sitting, how bout running? It improves the condition of the heart, burns the extra calories and also increases bone density. Furthermore, running is a very simple sport. There’s no need for flamboyant equipment and special skills. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and an accessible venue.

The hardest part in running is developing a starting program and it will take time to build your endurance even for a short span of time. An aspiring runner must develop a positive attitude to enjoy the sport notwithstanding the initial challenges. For a start, consult your physician and seek his approval to start a running program.

Traveling to run, abbey inn st george utahPhoto Credit:Phil Roeder

After getting the green light from your physician and finalizing a running plan, the next thing  to do is find a quality pair of running shoes. In buying for a new pair of running shoes, bring your old pair and a pair of socks so you can have a reference or basis. Sales people in the running stores can guide you on what’s the right pair for you. Test the new shoes by walking or running around the store to get the feel of the shoes.

Comfort is the most important aspect to consider. A short and a T-shirt is a good running attire. Majority of the runners prefer running shorts with a split leg, built-in underwear and a key pocket. In tropical countries, sleeveless singlets and light shorts are preferred by runners because it’s lighter and dries easily.

Before embarking on your first actual run, you have to plan the road-map so to speak. If you plan to do a road run  conduct an ocular inspection to determine the type of roads along the way. Given the choice, running on asphalt or dirt road is better because it gives a softer cushion as compared to concrete roads.

Meanwhile, a runner must also wear reflective clothing when running at night and to run towards traffic to avoid being hit by motor vehicles. In case of rain, either a treadmill or a stationary bike are good alternatives.

Warming up is another important aspect for runners to avoid injuries and to flex the muscles. For first timers, it is advisable to start with a brisk 10-minute walk and then alternate 30 seconds of running with one minute of walking on thrice a week.

Each week, increase your running mileage and reduce your walking. Run a comfortable pace so you can engage in a conversation with your running buddies. Slow down when you experience difficulty in breathing. Concentrate on time and don’t be carried away by the intensity. If you can run consistently non-stop for 30 minutes, it is fine to put on faster pace.

A new runner must also know how to minimize side stitches such as stomach cramps. In case you have eaten a huge meal, wait for two to four hours before running. Side stitches are also caused by weak stomach muscles. To remedy this problem, perform a lot of ab and lower back exercises to help strengthen your torso and reduce the stitches. In case you get a side stitch while running, slow down to a walk and try holding your hands up in the air as you take deep breathe.

Whether you’re a new or a veteran runner, you must remember shin splints are a downside of running. Experts recommend cross training with other sports such as biking or swimming to avoid shin splints. If shin splints are a recurring problem,check out your running shoes to determine it is providing support and do some stretching consistently before and after a run.