The First Steps

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For The Run

Food

Whether you’re a runner or not, food is the fuel that keeps our engine going. But if you are a runner, giving your body what it needs is among the most crucial steps improving your technique.

There will never be a single solution to what the perfect meal (or lack thereof) before a run will be. People are different, much like their reactions to particular dietary routines. Some will find eating less before a run will be better. Though some others may find that a fuller meal will give them more energy and keep them moving forward.

Often a light carb snack like an apple or banana will give one enough energy to maintain during a run while keeping the feeling of being light. Though, meals with high protein content will give the sensation of feeling heavier. Some may prefer this fuller feeling.


Gear

Another aspect of running that is quite subjective is the gear that a runner will use during a workout. As no pairs of feet are identical, shoes are made in many fashions to accommodate different shapes just as much as they come in different sizes.

It is important to find a well-fitting arch support depending upon how flat/arched your feet might be. Additionally, its important to make sure that your shoes fit snug but not too tight to the point that you feel something “not right”. This could mean excessive pressure and any strain that you feel isn’t engaging the muscles you run with.

One of the trickier pieces of gear to pinpoint is for carrying certain items along with you on your run. If you’re using Weav Run, you will of course need to bring along your phone for the ride. It is common for athletic gear to lack pockets or at least sizable ones that can fit an iPhone XS Max. One alternative to this would be an armband dedicated to hold your phone.

Though often, it is necessary to bring along other essentials (ids, keys, etc). If this is the case, it may help to invest in something meant for running that offers more storage. One such product would be flipbelt which is an elastic belt that will hold whatever it is you' need and keep it safe throughout your run.


On The Run

Pace

Pace is key. Knowing how fast you’re going and how much you have in you is a powerful knowledge when running. Much like you don’t go to the gym and start lifting your 100% immediately, take your time on your run. Find a way to increase your speed to a point you can sing along with the song you have playing in our app. If this is at a walking pace, keep the hop in your step.

It is helpful to think of distance over duration. Instead of flying at a super fast pace, see how far you can go without stopping at a slower pace. It will take time to find your sweet spot. But when you do, you’ll be able manage your pace with ease. This means you can then find new ways to push your limits without burning yourself out.


Form

If you’ve seen our other blog posts, you know well that we’re all about that cadence. Cadence allows you to gauge and understand what it feels like to run proper. We’ve all heard “running is bad for your joints”… but odds are, that isn’t coming from a runner. Yes, running is a high impact sport which can be taxing on your knees and shins, but this is a malpractice of form. We revisit the fundamentals of cadence resolving these harsh repercussions of our activity.

Cadence equates to the number of steps you take per minute, much like the beats per minute of a song. Much like above, there is no one-size fits all solution for everyone. Yet, understanding your body will impact your health and performance.

With that said, more is less. Runners thrive with a higher cadence. Running becomes consistent and lock in without the runner even thinking about it. But to achieve this auto-pilot like state, it takes discipline in training.


Owen White