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As the weather starts to show signs of getting warmer, the season change provides the perfect time and environment to either get back into running after the cold break or to give running a try for the first time. Whichever category you fall into, it's important that you prepare your mind and your body before you jump straight into the activity and hurt yourself.

Get Ready to Take on Running Without Injuring Yourself

To get you started on the right track (pardon the pun), Athletic Republic Pittsburgh has a post to share with information on how you can prepare yourself for running.

Wear the Right Gear

Whether this means buying an entirely new set of clothes or using what you currently have in your closet, the important aspect is that you have the right gear.
  • Shoes which are designed for the activity. Joggers if you will be taking it slow or purpose designed sprinting shoes if you are going to be taking your running seriously. Whichever you choose, make sure you have shoes to match.
  • Running pants or shorts which allow for full motion and draw sweat away from your body.
  • A running shirt or tank top which doesn't restrict your movement and also draws sweat away from your body.
  • A full water bottle
It is particularly important to wear clothes which draw sweat away from your body during this climate as cool breezes and sweat on your skin can quickly result in you catching a cold and spending a few days on the couch. If you aren't sure where to start, speak with store staff or even hire a personal trainer who can provide personal advice. Speak with Athletic Republic Pittsburgh by calling 724-933-4317 and have a professional trainer create a workout schedule for you which can include running and advice on what you should be wearing during the activity.

Get Warmed Up

It doesn't matter if it's cold or hot outside, all exercises should start with stretches to get your body and muscles warmed up. When preparing to run, focus your stretches on the following areas:
  • Feet and ankles
  • Calf muscles
  • Knee joints
  • Thighs
  • Core flexibility
  • Lower back
Ensuring that you stretch fully before running will dramatically decrease your chance of injury and increase your chance of success!

Take It Easy!

Whether your goal is to compete in an upcoming marathon or it's to make it around your favorite track a set number of times within a period, listen to your body as it is right now and take it from there. That means you should stop and consider your current physical state. If you are new to running, there is no shame in taking it extremely slow and just walking for the first few days before moving your pace up to a light jog and then eventually running. If you are returning to running, remember what it was like the first few times you tried it and adjust your performance so that you don't get stuck in the same painful position. This could mean that your first few days are limited to short sprints or light running on an even surface.

Don't Get Bored

It might be easier said than done when it comes to a repetitive task like running or jogging, but it's important to pay attention to your enjoyment levels. Staying interested while you are jogging or running could be as simple as creating the right playlist and putting your headphones in, or it could mean that you jog with a friend or fitness buddy beside you who you can talk to for entertainment. Whatever you need to do to stop from losing interest, you should do it.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Despite your best efforts to stay interested, running can take a toll on your brain and your mind. As you prepare to jog or run, remind yourself what you are working toward. If you have a goal calendar or chart which will show your progress, imagine it filled up with completed activities or think about how good it will feel to make it around the track under your dream time.

Add Running to Your Sports Training in McCandless

Running and jogging are great fitness exercises which you can do almost anywhere and almost any time. However, it's important that you prepare yourself beforehand to prevent injuries and a loss of motivation. If you are new to increasing your fitness levels, speak with Athletic Republic Pittsburgh at 724-933-4317 and ask about how sports training in McCandless programs can not only introduce you to running but help you reach your fitness goal through safe and monitored exercises and routines.