March 13, 2020

The FAQ’s of Running | Wherever You Take Running

It’s always important to stay active and healthy and what better way to do this than going for a run! If you have never been big into running and are curious about starting, have a read through some FAQ’s questions that Athletics Ireland get asked.

At Intersport Elverys we understand what is truly happening in the beating heart of sport. Wherever you look, you find people taking sport to Incredible places and running as one of them continues to grow in numbers everywhere you look. We’re rooted in the running community, with an aim to empower the runner to perform at their best wherever the run takes them.

How do I get started?

Start walking for a length of time that feels comfortable–anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Once you can walk for 30 minutes easily, sprinkle 1- to 2-minute running sessions into your walking. As time goes on, make the running sessions longer, until you’re running for 30 minutes straight. See our walk your first run blog post for more tips and advice.

Do I need to stretch before I run?

Warming up is a key part of any exercise routine, so time is best spent warming up the muscles rather than stretching before activity. Do a couple of minutes of light aerobic exercise to loosen up your muscles and warm you up for your run. Some good pre-run warm-up exercises include walking briskly, marching, jogging slowly, or cycling on a stationary bike. Make sure you don’t rush your warmup.

What footwear do I need? 

Running doesn’t require much outside of the will to start, but you have to have a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes are designed to help your foot strike the ground properly, reducing the amount of shock that travels up your leg. They’re also made to fit your foot snugly, which reduces the slipping and sliding that can lead to blisters. We know, every runner like every run is different. We provide the enthusiasm and advice to find the perfect running shoe to suit your feet and lifestyle.

How is running on a treadmill different from outdoor runs?

A treadmill “pulls” the ground underneath your feet, and you don’t face any wind resistance, both of which make running somewhat easier. Many treadmills are padded, making them a good option if you’re carrying a few extra pounds or are injury-prone and want to decrease impact. To better simulate the effort of outdoor running, you can always set your treadmill at a 1-percent incline.

Where should I run?

The beauty of running is that it’s right outside your front door. Wherever you are, You can run anywhere being safe and enjoyable to do so. The best running routes are scenic, well lit, free of traffic, and well populated. Think of running as a way to explore new territory.

I always feel out of breath when I run, is something wrong?

Running out of breath is completely common but Yes, you’re body is trying to meet the increased demands of you probably trying to run too fast. Relax. Slow down. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is to run too fast. Concentrate on breathing from deep down in your belly, and if you have to, take walking breaks.

How do I prevent getting a side stitch when I run?

Side stitches are common among beginners because your abdomen is not used to the jostling that running causes. Most runners find that stitches go away as fitness increases. Also, don’t eat any solid foods during the hour before you run. When you get a stitch, breathe deeply, concentrating on pushing all of the air out of your abdomen. This will stretch out your diaphragm muscle (just below your lungs), which is usually where a cramp occurs.

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