Take Three Minutes To Read How To Run For Your Life.

“It always seems impossible until it is done” — Nelson Mandela

You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick.

Running is the single most powerful fitness tool. It rewards you with a light body and a quick mind. An hour of running may add 7 hours to your life, according to this new study.

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily discover your potential— and forever improve the quality of your health and fitness.

Set Goals.


Your primary goal will be working towards your personal best or qualifying for a race. Your secondary goal should keep you motivated when you deplete glycogen.

Keep this in mind. If you are not mentally prepared, you are never really physically ready.

See Success.

Before going to bed the previous night, or first thing in the morning of the day you planned to run, visualize yourself meeting your goal as the clock shows a personal best record.

Warm Up.

But just a little.

Do only a little jogging beforehand, because you want to preserve your precious glycogen stores and keep your body temperature down.

Better to concentrate on the muscles of the back side of your body–the calves, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back.

Remember, your goal is to start the run comfortably, not to audition for a yoga video, so go easy.

Track Effortlessly.

Trust technology to effortlessly record your activities and compare performance over time. You can only improve what you measure.

I find a combination of a few tracking apps especially helpful. My favourites are Google fit and Strava.

Strava has a large community of some of the world’s finest endurance runners.

Start Slow.

You need a unique pacing strategy.

Run the first few kilometres 10 to 15 seconds per km slower than your goal pace. This preserves precious glycogen stores to go hard later so you can finish strong.

Go Hard Late.

No matter how much you’re raring to go, keep things under control until well past the halfway mark of your target distance.

Then you can start racing.

Talk To Yourself.

Running is one giant mind game. When it comes down to achieving your goal, victory is determined by the mind.

There’s a mountain in the last lap of your set goal. Tell yourself you will finish somehow, someway.

Become an on-the-run mathematician. Actually calculate exactly what percentage of the race you have done.The mental exercise is good for you in two ways: First, it occupies your mind, and second, you must love the point at which you can tell yourself “I’ve done more than 50 percent”, because at that point, you figure you can’t quit.

You will not respect yourself until you’ve had a taste of finishing.

If these tips helped you, please help others by clicking that green heart below — thanks!

Thanks for reading — I’m Abdullahi Muhammed. I’m a 2.17 (PR) half marathoner. And I love working on my leadership book in my spare time.

Do you have any tips for becoming a better runner? I am excited to hear from you in the comments!

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