They say you learn from your mistakes- and in our case this couldn’t be truer. In case you didn’t know, we love to run, and with a fair few trails, marathons and daily jogs under our belts, we’ve learnt a hell of a lot when it comes to the dos + don’ts of running. While some may seem a little straightforward, we’ve found that the most common slip-ups are the ones that are the most obvious. Check in on these components of your running, make a few tweaks and watch your next pavement pounding session improve more than you ever thought it could.
“If you own a pair of trainers then you have no excuse not to be out there running.” Right to an extent, but wrong to a slightly greater one! You need to make sure that you have the right pair of kicks for YOU! You may have seen your favourite celebrity, hell maybe even us, striding around in a shiny pair of trainers, that you’re sure if you purchase will make you run at the speed of light. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. Just because ‘they’ are wearing them doesn’t necessarily mean you need to. This crosses over with another myth themed mistake that “running is free”. Running with a higher risk of injury is free, yes, but if you want to keep running you may need to make an investment into something that’ll keep the spring in your step, otherwise known as the right shoe! To source these we highly recommend getting in for a gait analysis. If you’re London based we suggest Profeet in Fulham.
The activewear industry is quite literally booming! It is quite overwhelming how many high street brands there are now, specialising in anything running to really (really really) cool yoga posing. With this it’s easy to get wrapped up in the promised tech, or tonnes of colours but despite being easily done it’s important you put a little thought into your OOTD. First and foremost, you need a pair of leggings that will stay up and by that we won’t won’t budge whether you’re running up a mountain or cruising along the Thames. Chauffage factor is important here too. Make sure they sit comfy everywhere ft. no stray seams or strange linings that are likely to cause discomfort. When it comes to boobie holders, you want support but not to feel like you are having the air squeezed from your lungs. We highly recommend a fitting too. This part of your kit will be crucial in keep you comfy and supported. You don’t have to spend millions, but do take pride in your investment. The likelihood is if you can afford to spend a little more it’s likely to last a lot longer, meaning money saving down the line is a definite. We practically live in Lululemon, but also love Gap for the essentials.
Don’t guzzle water before or straight after a run, it will only make you feel ill and encourage that swashy feeling. Instead, keep on top of your hydration throughout the day. Sip little and often, and just be sure if you begin to feel thirsty you do something about it. This goes for pre, post or during runs. On the subject of during, we don’t tend to carry any water for anything under the 1hr30 mark, but remember we are different to you. If we do carry water, for races we’ll use the Ultimate Direction Jurek Vest but if we’re simple running the streets of the city we’ll opt for the Run All Day Backpack from Lulu Lemon. After a race, or a warm run we like to use the Phizz or High5 hydration tablets to replace electrolytes.
Food is fuel so it’s no wonder the right grub plays a key part in your runnings. This is not simply tucking into a carb fest post run, it’s thinking about the before, during and after. Protein and fats play just as an important role when it comes to keeping the miles increasing, but in saying this the biggest factor is YOU. It’s so important you test and try all the foods you plan to use around running. The consistent moving and shaking tends to play havoc with the digestive system so it’s important you give it an introduction to said foods before tackling your first race. Keep it simple with real foods. Porridge tends to be a go to for us, topped with peanut butter and a drizzle of honey. It’s our proud pre race breakfast, we even think it might be our lucky charm.
5. JUST SIMPLY RUNNING
We seem to think it is our born right to be able to run. To a certain extent we can all ‘run’ but due to lifestyle (overweight/smokers) and environmental (pavements) factors it could lead to injury, or worse- unenjoyment. Strength training plays the perfect partner to keeping our running game strong, developing us as more efficient, faster runners. It helps to bulletproof our bodies to prevent the risk of injury. We work with our coach Brad on individual programmes targeted to correct our imbalances and strengthen our weaknesses. Believe it or not we are different people, which means we have different areas of weakness, so our sessions outside our runs are really quiet different. What they do have in common is that they work on our ‘running movement patterns’ to strengthen muscles we use in each stride, to enable us to be better at what it is we do best. We post a lot of these exercise videos on our Instagram so head on over and have a look!