RUNNING FOR FUN
Running doesn’t always have to be a chore. La Jolla Health Fitness Center Gyms is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the country, take advantage of it! Get off the road once in a while and head for the beach, running trails, parks, etc. Mix it up a bit to keep it interesting, that way you don’t get bored and burnt out from doing your same neighborhood loop day after day.
RUN TO RELIEVE STRESS
Have a long day? Lace up your running shoes and get out for some fresh air. A little exercise is a great way to blow off steam and rid some of that unwanted stress from a long day at the office. Exercising releases natural endorphins in the body that resemble opiates, creating a feeling of well-being and the ability to produce analgesia. This feeling is commonly known as a “runner’s high.” So next time you’re feeling down, go for a little run and crank out some of those mood-changing endorphins!
Having proper running shoes for your feet is an important factor to healthy running. Some shoes are made for people with high arches, others for low arches, some wide feet, others narrow feet. Point being, not every running shoe is fit for every runner. Road Runner Sports is a great place to find out which type of shoe is best for you. They have trained professionals that put you on a treadmill and watch your stride to evaluate your gate and see which shoe model you should be running in. Another thing to keep in mind is that shoes should be switched out every 300-500 miles, or approximately every 3 months when training on a regular basis.
RUNNING & NUTRITION
Nutrition is super important when it comes to running. Eat a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated are an absolute must. Your body needs fuel to run properly, just as a car needs gasoline in order to perform and operate correctly. Eat a well-balanced meal (400-600 calories) 2-3 hours before going on your run, or grab a quick healthy snack (100-200 calories) 30 minutes to an hour before you hit the road. This will ensure that you doing “hit the wall” as runners call it, when you’ve completely exhausted all of your energy sources and struggle to take even one more step. As far as hydration, for long runs (8+ miles) it’s important that you begin hydrating a few days before. Otherwise, drink 16-24oz of water or sports drink an hour before you head on your run, and an additional 4-8oz just before you start. Keep in mind, you should also consume 4-8oz of fluid about every 20 minutes during a run.