6 essentials to being a better runner

This is the second post in a 6-part series about the essential elements to being a fitter, healthier, happier runner.  We all aspire to be healthier and happier–most of us anyways.  In this six part series, I’ll talk about 6 elements that are key to many years of happy, healthy running.

Click here to read part one or part three of this 6-part series.

Number two – What works for one person, doesn’t always work for another…and vice versa.

This is true in life but especially true when we talk about running. 

There is so much great (and plenty of bad) information out there about preventing injury, improving your speed, training for this race or that, what to eat when, etc.  It’s hardly ever one size fits all

While one person may have gone from 5K to a marathon in only 6 months (I did!), it may not work for everyone.  And I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to most people.  In my case, I was heavily involved in fitness and sports, and I was only 23.  So naturally, it was an easy progression and my body recovered from increases in training more quickly than someone would at 43.

When searching around online, you’ll easily find a lot of information on running form and technique.  My personal philosophy is: we all walk different and are built different.  Therefore, naturally, we’ll all run differently too.  How could anyone expect us all to run the same? 

When it comes to form and technique, there are a couple key points to keep in mind, and I’ll cover that in coming posts.  If you’re moving, that’s great.  Keep that up and forget about the rest for now!

Nutrition is also a popular topic in the running world and the same holds true:  what works for one person may not work for another. 

A low-carb diet could work for some runners, but most runners need their carbs as fuel.  While some runners can get by with lots of dairy, others can get upset tummies on the run.  Some runners need to eat a small or snack an hour or two before a run.  Others have trouble stomaching it or find it drags them down.  Listen to your body and find what works for you. 

ASSIGNMENT:  Have a think over the next week about what’s working for you (and what isn’t) and take note.  Notice if your shoes are working, your breakfast, your pace, you’re sleep schedule, etc.

Got some advice that you’ve tried that did or didn’t work for you?  Tell us about it in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Click here to read part one or part three of this 6-part series.

Laurie Villarreal

Laurie’s an accomplished endurance athlete and has been running since 1998. She’s the founder of House of Running and a professional Running Coach, a certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Health & Wellness Coach. Laurie’s trained and worked with nearly 1000 runners since 2010. She’s a master in her field with over 10,000 hours of run coaching experience. Laurie helps ambitious professionals make running part of their healthy lifestyle through on-on-one online coaching and fun group training programs. She has a unique holistic approach to running, helping her runners think beyond running to realize their running dreams. Read more about Laurie here.

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