5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU HIT THE PAVEMENT

As a runner, you know that it can be scary, invigorating, and unpredictable. Here are 5 things to do before your run to make it easier on your body.

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 1. WARM UP

Many folks think that warming up means just stretching but that's not the whole truth. While stretching is a part of warming up there is a difference. Warming up literally means getting your heart pumping, blood to your muscles, and switching on your nervous system. This is as simple as just moving in place, high knees or butt kicks. Anything that gives you a quick cardio boost before you start your run works. Yes, your first mile will give you a good warm up but you still don't want to shock your body with a continuous run immediately.

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 2. STRETCH

Stretching is uber important. No matter how good your body feels or how old you are, stretching is essential and should never be missed. Sometimes you may be pressed for time to finish your run, but believe it or not, its better to take time stretching before your run and cut your miles shorter than to focus on clocking distance. Your legs are working all day and, if you're running in the a.m, then they will continue for the rest of the day. Show them some TLC and stretch out.

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3.CLOTHES CHECK 

I know it sounds basic but consider how much ill fitting clothes, untied shoes, flopping accessories can interrupt your run. You have to stop your rhythm to tuck, pull, tie, or readjust. So take a moment to make sure your run kit is properly put together.

Also, after a while do a run check. Take a mental note to what clothes run best in, what feels good for short and long runs, and which accessories add enjoyment or create distractions. What you wear is as important as how you wear it. Runs can gets difficult but your clothes don't have to be.

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 4. MAP YOUR RUN

No one has time to get lost during a run (unless you want to). Most runners run with their phones. Download a tracker app so you can track your pace and route. In the event you get in the zone and take a new turn, you can refer back to your phone to direct you to a suitable path. If you're not a phone runner, then take a few moments, either the night prior or day of your run, to scope out your possible routes/direction. This ensures that you keep your pace, your time, and meet your run objective. Speaking of objective that's our fifth tip. {Spoiler Alert}

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 5.OBJECTIVE

 Each run is different and not all happen at the same place,during the same time. Consider setting a small goal for your run. It usually this small encouragement needed during those rough patches. Aim towards a smaller objective because just running any distance is a BIG deal. You can think about accomplishing a number of miles, keeping a certain pace, not stopping to walk, or just getting it done no matter what. No objective is too small. Capitalize during your training by achieving small goals until you're beyond race ready.

Love,

ally

photographer: Coty Tarr