Interesting Tips for Running Better

Many people think that in order to run faster in a race they will need to push themselves when training to run faster. But this is not necessarily the case. The more important thing to focus on here is how hard should you run and for how long?

A recent study shows that those who run or train at a lower intensity gained many endurance and aerobic benefits, meanwhile not making them exhausted and stuck with a longer lasting fatigue. Plus, since they never strained themselves, their body is well rested and then able to give the high-intensity needed at the proper time and pace.

If you are like most runners you are more than likely running too long at higher intensities and not nearly enough at milder intensities. The goal would be to do no more then 20 percent of your running at a moderate to high pace. The rest of that running should be a nice easy pace. This will really allow you to increase your distance. When you do need to increase your pace you will feel better and more capable because your body can handle it much better.

Sometimes all your hard training is just not enough to get you to the finish line or to that certain goal your reaching for. This is when a really neat mental trick can be used to get you to that next level. It’s called dissociation.

This cool trick is when you divert the attention away from how you feel and completely fill your mind with a totally different thought. You may need to do this when you’re really feeling the burn at a certain time in a race or just when training hard and you feel like you can’t go any further.


Everyone has their own way to dissociate while they are running. One way would be to maybe start singing along to a song on your iPad or just simply start singing a song. You could think about something you’re going to be doing later or maybe plan for your weekend and something fun you might do. This trick is really simple but it can certainly help get you to the finish line or help you achieve a certain pace or distance.

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Cross County Running – A Hard but Rewarding Sport

Cross country running can be a very difficult sport to start participating in, but there is nothing that beats the feeling after you have completed a run. You feel like you really have achieved something wonderful and great.

Since cross country running happens on varying terrains such as mud, water, and hills etc. it can be very challenging on your body and your mind. The land on which you may be running can change greatly between courses. Also, going uphill is extremely difficult especially after you have already been running for a while. Cross country running is actually quite different than just regular running and you really have to actually experience it to know the difference.

The nice thing about this sport is you don’t need to invest allot of money to start up. You just need a good pair of running shoes that are good for all sorts of terrain, a water bottle and of course yourself! Most beginners start with a good quality pair of runners and then they purchase a pair with cross country spikes if they are going to be participating in an actual race. The runners with spikes wear out very quickly so if you’re not planning on racing I wouldn’t waste your money on them.

For beginners, the best advice is just to start up slow and build up your strength. If you start off really hard then there is a huge chance you will give up quickly and never want to do it again. Trust me. You will feel good at first and then in about 5 minutes you will wish you were on another planet, not to mention the after effects. You will feel parts of your body that you never knew existed and they will hurt badly. If you have never run in a long time then you may even need to just start walking, then go to speed walking and eventually to light jogging.

Many people have taken up this amazing sport and built lots of friendships along the way, as the common suffering and final accomplishment at the end is shared with others. If you have not done it already why not give it a try? You just might be pleasantly surprised by how much fun you have and you may never stop running once you start.

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