Last Saturday, I participate in a 6km Nexus Beach Run organized by the Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai. I love taking challenges like this, especially if it’s good for my body. The first time I joined a run was two years ago, which was the 10km Halloween Run. I’m not an expert in sport, but whenever I’m running, I always keep track of my routines to stay safe and reduce the risk of injuries.
WARM UP YOUR BODY
I know sometimes we can get too excited and went straight for it, but first thing first it is important to warm up your body for at least 5-10minutes. It helps to loosen your muscles and keep the heart rates up. Allowing your body to change into workout mode without shocking your muscles and enable the blood circulations to flow properly. Get them ready for some activities!
EATING AND RUNNING
Foods…and who doesn’t love them? I know how tempting is it to see all the food and feel the urge to grab it. But stop, don’t do it. Don’t run with a full stomach. You need to avoid side stitch where your side stomach feels cramped and painful. I always had that and I thought there’s something wrong with me. But actually, it’s normal. If you want to eat, at least 2-4 hours before is recommended. After knowing it, it helps me a lot, as I used to eat so much before I run and feeling so heavy and dizzy. Your stomach needs some time to digest the food. Choose a light meal that is easy to digest and enough to give you energy. Don’t pick those kinds of heavy food with high fibers and fats as it takes a longer time to process in your stomach.
GALLONS OF WATER
Water, water, water. It’s always important to keep your body hydrated especially you are doing a long run. But this is exactly a no-no. The best time for that is to drink 30 minutes before your run. I used to drink a full gallon of water before running, ended up my stomach cramps hits me. After doing a lot of running and experiencing with myself I realize how much water quantity actually can result in the pain. Of course, you need to stay hydrated along the road, but make sure to drink a little bit at a time to rehydrate. And so come to my next point.
A BATHROOM IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Drinking a lot of water will make you want to weewee in a short period of time. Don’t forget head to the bathroom, even if you don’t feel like it and think about holding it, just go. Especially during a long run, it will be so uncomfortable when you have the sudden urge for a bathroom and what if there’s none. That will be worse.
WEAR A COMFORTABLE SHOE
Choosing a right shoe will avoid more injuries. How amazing it is now we have all sorts of shoe design for a different purpose. If you have troubles finding the right shoes, look for an expert at your place and they will tell you what’s best for your foot. I used to run with any shoes and end up getting a blister. It’s so uncomfortable when you wanted to run for a long distance, but then your foot is hurting. So choose a proper shoe and enjoy the run.
TAKE IT SLOW
Whenever you ready to go, make sure to run at a slow pace and not speeding up or you will get tired easily. I understand how pumped you can be and wanted to finish faster but don’t get caught up in the mood and sprint through the run. That has always been my old-time habits. A run is not about competitions but more about you, listen to your body and take your time. You can always take a walk break.
If you never had a long run before, make sure you prepare for at least few months ahead. Train yourself, find your pace and don’t force into running fast, start slow and focus on your breathing. I used to have a habit where I breathe faster and making my running hard. Everything is a learning process, find what the best for your body. Nothing comes fast when you want to achieve something, start running in a short distance and slowly increase the number. Run, jog and walk as long as you keep your feet moving.
HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS TO SHARE
I never imagine myself will be running on the beach. It was so much fun and the best run so far. Seeing everyone doing their best to the finish line was so inspiring, you won’t feel any presence of giving up. You feel so pumped and happy at the same time. I manage to finish within an hour with a jog, run, and fast walk. I’m not sure about others but there are those who take a 12km run before us and some of them finished earlier.
Here’s a 6 o’clock sunset, how beautiful is that, if you are there to see it, the atmosphere are more mesmerizing than just an image.
Sometimes doing things outside your imaginations can be far more interesting. I’m surprised to see how much I’ve achieved. As when I was in my teenager age, I used to never like running, but after doing it, I wanted to challenge myself for another run again.
Why don’t you try it too, jog outside and experience a different environment?