Back To Basics (Part II)

Hey folks, I hope some of you found the tips in part one of my back to basics series useful, it doesn’t really need much introduction as it’s pretty much what it says on the tin … but here’s part two !

6. ICE

Ice is a system fairly new to me but it’s one that I’d really reccomend using if at all possible. Basically when out running it’s better to be safe and sure and to always carry ID with you and the easiest way seems to be by carrying a mobile phone with ICE numbers in the contacts list. ICE stands for In Case Of Emergency so basically if you have an accident, someone can look on your phone and contact someone of your choosing. If you have issue with leaving your phone unlocked then it’s possible to setup restricted dialing numbers in a simular way and it’s also worth having several ICE numbers in there just incase they can’t get in contact.

Failing that … a piece of paper in your back pocket also works well.

7. Don’t over-do it !

You’re new to this game and your body is still getting used to your new running regime, it’s important that you take days off from running to let your body recover otherwise you can risk serious injury.

8. Treat your feet ….

Obviously your feet are the most important part of your body when it comes to running and it’s important to choose a pair of shoes which match your running style. Some specialist running stores will be able to advise what is right for you (along with some internet research) as it’s really important to go for shoes which match to both the arch of your foot and the pronation (which refers to the angle in which you naturally hit the ground with your foot). Different shoes offer different types of protection and its really important that your shoe is perfect for you.

Back in September we took a trip to London and i’d planned to run 6 miles along the Thames, rather than packing my normal running shoes, I made the mistake of packing 1 pair fashionable trainers which I’d wear both to walk around London in and to do my run.

I managed 2 miles, and then had to hobble back to our hotel feeling miserable and foolish it’s a hard lesson but one i’ll never forget as it left me out of action for around 2 months.

9. Fine gourmet awaits you …

Never run on a full stomach, but at the same time never run on empty, I’d recommend waiting at least 2 hours after a meal before considering a workout and preferably eat your meal after your run … you’ll feel much better and less bloated, if needs be pack a cereal bar for a mid-run snack.

I tend to find that after a long run I crave carbohydrates naturally, Stuff like Potato Bakes, Gnocci, Pasta and Chicken work wonders after a workout and are fairly easy to knock up to the point that you could probably leave it cooking in the oven while you workout.

Recovery Shakes are also great although a little expensive, they’re a source of Carbohydrates, Protein and aid recovery for your muscles but perfect if you’ve got a bit of a wait before you eat.

10. Listen to what Frankie says ….. RELAX !

After a long and demanding workout, a hot bath works wonders easing any aches and pains you may have and where as a shower will help, it doesn’t work quite as well as having a long soak in the bath so light some candles, boil the kettle for a cuppa and relax with some music … god knows you’ve earnt it !!

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