We asked an expert for his tips to make running a more enjoyable experience
We’ve all been there. Huffing and puffing our way through a run, wishing it was over when we only just begun.
With the new year, many of us have probably resolved to go on more runs or improve our timings. But how exactly can we get the most out of our run?
We spoke to David Heng, a Tactical Performance Manager and ACE Certified Personal Trainer for his top running tips. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, here are some often overlooked information that all runners should take note of.
1. Buy a good pair of running shoesView photos
We recommend the new Puma Ignite Ultimate ($199). Its thick foam sole provides cushioned comfort during your run to help you go the extra mile. The lightweight shoe also rebounds upon landing and increases energy return, allowing you to push yourself further and for longer.
2. Use the right socks
When trying on a pair of running shoes at the store, make sure you use the pair of socks you normally use during your run. This ensures that you’re buying the appropriate shoe size as some socks may be thicker than others.
Avoid wearing socks that absorb moisture as they can cause very bad blisters if you’re running over a long distance.
3. Get shoes in the right sizeView photos
Never assume that your feet are the same size across all shoes. Sizing differs across brands and even shoe models within a brand. Always try one size up and down from your regular size and pick the one that is the most comfortable.
Ensure that there is one thumb spacing in front of your big toe to prevent black toe nails. Remember, the shoes’ comfort is more important than design and colour.
4. Start slow
Training takes time so make sure you start slow and early when preparing for a race. Train yourself up progressively to buy ample time for your body to adapt and improve.
Always start slow by accumulating running mileage and building up your endurance before moving on to higher intensity training. Runners who do too much too soon experience fainting spells, nausea, muscle cramps, dehydration, and shortness of breath.