5 Everyday Running Struggles and How to Overcome Them
Running is usually an enjoyable form of endurance but there are some issues that we all face from time to time.
Here we want to look at five every day running struggles, and how to overcome them.
#1 Shoe Problems
Shoe problems are a big deal for runners, as many of us will just go out and pay a huge amount of money for running shoes that are highly recommended. The problem is that these brands are often recommended by people who like the look and style of running shoes rather than actually using them for a practical purpose. So often, it’s very easy to buy running shoes that don’t fit you particularly well.
Many people buy “running shoes” that are more fashionable than effective. Avoid badly fitting running shoes by taking some time to look around online and find the right pair.
This is obviously a big problem and needs to be managed in the right way. As a general rule, don’t sacrifice comfort to style. Avoid the more fashion-oriented style of running shoes. Comfort is key.
#2 Faster running times
Being able to pick up a top speed that you can feel comfortable with is very important – but the problem is that many of us reach a plateau in terms of the speed.
The best ways to increase your running speed is by having a genuine baseline. Know your current physical condition and what has to be improved – and spend more time running up hills. The ascent alone will help you get used to the level of work needed to get up hills. Try to avoid pushing too much as this only increases the chance of injury.
#3 Stomach Problems
A huge part of running is keeping yourself in the right shape for running – naturally, this takes a bit of time and practice to get used to. We notice a lot of people complaining of their stomach pains and the kind of issues that they feel in that level, ensuring that they have the help that they need in reducing their symptoms and giving themselves the best chance of running effectively. You need to watch out for stomach problems when running as they can develop into something a bit more concerning down the line if you have them consistently.
The best ways to avoid stomach problems when running is to stay away from aspirins and high-fiber foods for several days prior to the event. The exertion of your body can cause these two issues to start playing havoc with your insides. Look into pre-run nutrition, and also make sure you avoid things like sports drinks, bars and even gels.
These products may give you more calories during the run, but they also increase the chances of stomach pain when you are running! It could be the difference between a pain free stomach and keeling over.
#4 Managing Dehydration
Minimise the amount of sweet drinks that you take in and drink more water; it sounds simple but you would be surprised at how many runners don’t hydrate properly. Your body needs fluids or it will struggle.
A bit of extra hydration during the run, helps you push forward. However, just be sure that you don’t overdo it. Too many fluids can weigh you down and make you need to stop for the loo; this will make it much harder to actually finish the run in good time!
Many people suffer from bunions when they run too much. Unlike blisters and calluses, which look awful but are relatively harmless, bunions can actually make it harder to run.
Dealing with a bunion is all about rest and relaxation. If you must run with a bunion then tape it up into a normal position so that it will take less damage as you run. Also, put a toe separator in-between your big and second toes, taping the bunion pad down. This will help to improve the level of time it takes for your bunion to heal.
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