This is a blank post.
Really, I don’t need to write anything here. I swear I’m not trying to trick you.
It’s simply because you don’t need running advice.
That’s right. You don’t need any more tips. What you need is to just get up and go run. Just go!
Run like mad. Run like the wind. Run like a sloth chasing a turtle chasing a snail. (Yes, technically a snail does not run. It does have a foot, though.)
Of course, there are some things that will make running easier. So, maybe I can help you with that. These are the best running tips I ever heard, not including to never run in denim cutoffs. Just remember that you don’t actually need this advice.
(And you can run in jean shorts if you want to, but you have been warned.)
My high school cross country coach made us hold delicate potato chips with our fingertips while we ran so that we could learn to relax our arms and hands. Obviously, we ate the chips as soon as we were out of her sight. But that tip has stayed with me for more than 20 years. Keep your arms relaxed and down by your waist when you run, and things will be a little easier.
I’ve read enough running books to fill a Honey Bucket, and one of the most common pieces of advice (which is also the toughest for me to follow), is to slow the hell down. When you do easy runs, make them easy. Okay, guys? I know “jog” is a dirty word in running culture, but easy running is jogging. Get over it!
One day a week, do some sprints. They don’t have to be pre-planned fancy speed sessions. Simply, go all-out, then rest. Keep doing that until you feel like your “all-out” pace isn’t as strong as it was when you started. When that happens, stop and go get some lunch. You don’t need a track, so you can’t use that excuse anymore. Sprinting is great for strength and speed…and fat loss if you care about that. Personally, I wish I could sprint for every run, but that is not advised.
Just go, man
Don’t overthink things. Just go. Sometimes, if you think about running for too long, you’ll talk yourself out of it and start looking for advice on how to get out there, which is precisely why you should stop reading this right now and go run.
Hmmm. Maybe I should start taking my own advice.
Confession: I haven’t been running for over a week. In fact, I’m not really sure how many days it’s been. It could be two weeks.
I know! Some of you would rather run in a cotton t-shirt and sweatpants in a summer downpour in Florida than skip a single day of running, and I totally get it. (See last post.)
I used think running (a lot of running), was the best exercise for me, both mentally and physically. Running was my therapy.
But, after seven years of consistent running, that has changed. And I’m not worried about it.
Listen, I still need my therapy. Let’s not think I can just exist in a civil way in this world without some sort of workout in my day.
It’s just that now I can have my session with any type of exercise. It doesn’t have to be running anymore.
Most days it’s lifting weights and going for a really long walk. Other days, maybe it’s just a walk or a hike or playing soccer with my kid.
Right now, I’m not feeling the running. But I know it will be back. I think that’s the secret to a long, healthy relationship with running. Sometimes, you need to take a break from it.
I’ve had breaks before. After some recreational running in college (okay, fine, it was to work off pizza and beer), I stopped. I didn’t run for several years until a wedding proposal suddenly inspired me to find my Nikes. And then I stopped again for several years after that. I only got going again after my son was born.
Running will always be there, and I know I will be back at it eventually. I’m still a runner at heart…literally. My doctor was worried about my very low resting heart rate until I mentioned that I run, or, at least, I used to.
I don’t think the break will be that long this time. Running is too much a part of my life now. But until I go back, general exercise will be my therapy. And, if you’ll excuse me, I really don’t like to miss my appointments.
Kerrie Turcic is a runner from Maple Valley, Wash. Kerrie is currently a copywriter by day, and also a