Day #9 – Lessons Learned in Running

smiley-runningToday I ran with my daughter for the first time and I was thinking of some of the things that I have learned so far from running…

  1. Go to the bathroom–worst thing ever to be on a run and have to go…
  2. Stretch
  3. Relax your shoulders and arms
  4. Try not to slap your feet on the ground–roll through your stride so you don’t hurt yourself
  5. Double tie your shoe laces
  6. Breathe through your nose so you don’t dehydrate as quickly
  7. When you get a side ache take a deep breath in through your nose and blow it out quickly through your mouth until it’s gone
  8. It’s okay to walk for a few seconds to catch your breath, but keep going
  9. Breath, breath, breath…
  10. Pace yourself
  11. Encouragement–You can do it! Great job!
  12. Don’t run during the hottest part of the day–you will feel like you’re on fire and can’t put it out
  13. Don’t take vitamins an hour before you run–you will feel nauseous during your whole run
  14. Wear sunglasses or a hat during your run so you don’t get a headache from squinting
  15. Lullaby songs are not the greatest to listen to when trying to pump yourself up during a run–check your playlist ahead of time
  16. Walk to cool down–don’t just stop (passing out is never a good thing)
  17. Re-Hydrate
  18. Stretch again

P.S. My daughter did amazing–she ran 2.25 miles in 23 minutes… her first time ever running with me… I think she is going to have me beat if she keeps that up!

Note to self: Lesson #9 – Always remain teachable–look at all that I have learned in a short amount of time!

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