There are of course more than 42 tips that someone can utilize to become a better runner. The reason I chose 42 is entirely personal; they are not the best 42 tips or the most important; they are simply my 42 tips. These are the first 42 tips that popped into my head while I was thinking of what makes a better runner taken out of 6 years of running, from 5km to 50km, and they are also the result of a lot of running injuries and applied knowledge accumulated from other runners and books. Running experiment, trial, and error, application of theory and most important of all, the ability to learn from your mistakes and make sure, next time, you will not repeat them. Otherwise, there is no point.
Before we continue on our little journey of tips, let’s agree on the definition of a ‘better runner.’What are the means that we can use to judge that a runner became better?
The first thing is when a runner can run a certain distance faster than how he used to do; so, we have the increase in speed, that’s one.
The second is if a runner could only run, let’s say, 5km and now can run 10km without having time as a constant, then yes, the runner became better because he can run further; so, distance and endurance come to place.
The third is, I think, fuel economy. If a runner with less oxygen and less fuel now runs a certain distance at a certain tempo, whereas before, he was running the same distance at the same tempo, but using more oxygen and fuel, then yes, we can say that the athlete became better.
The fourth factor has to do with the weight lifting training.If the runner now lifts more weight than he used to, then yes, we can say he has become a better runner because now he has fitter and stronger muscles.
The fifth factor and last one is related to the runner’s flexibility. If it has now improved because he or she started applying yoga in their training plan, then yes, we can say they have become better.
To sum up, the improvements in the runner’s speed, endurance, fuel economy, muscle tone, and flexibility, all define the term ‘better runner.’
You will see that all 42 tips I am mentioning here come from my heart. I lived each and every one of them, so I know firsthand what I am talking about. On some of them, you will agree with me, on others, you won’t; with some, you will not connect at all, and others you will reject as nonsense. However, that’s the beauty of individuality. Running for me is the only athletic activity that best emphasizes our uniqueness and the fact that we are like snowflakes in a beautiful winter landscape.
So, without further ado, let’s begin with the tips that will make you a better runner; they made me a better runner for sure!
- Always have a training plan.
- Be a little Selfish.
- Minimize TV watching.
- Minimize Social Media Interaction.
- Go to bed early.
- Wake up early
- Run at least 3 to 4 times per week.
- Strengthening exercises 2 to 3 times a week.
- Have at least one rest day a week.
- Incorporate Hill Training at least once a week.
- Design a flexible training plan.
- Make small changes to your training.
- Train with friends.
- Participate as often as you can in races.
- Read a lot of books about running.
- Create a running Blog/log to track your progress.
- Create a food log to track your progress.
- Learn more about nutrition and especially running nutrition.
- Start doing Yoga.
- Use swimming as an alternative exercise to running.
- Use Cycling as an alternative exercise to running.
- Use Rowing as an alternative exercise to running.
- Build your aerobic capacity first.
- Build a strong upper body (core).
- Define why are you running.
- Do regular health checkups.
- Make friends with other runners.
- Keep a detailed activity log of your races.
- Do one track session a week.
- Do one Tempo session a week.
- Do your long run during the weekend.
- Watch Documentaries about running.
- Watch Movies about running.
- Read inspiring stories about running.
- Learn to be flexible.
- Have a backup plan.
- Have a ritual before the day of the race.
- Have a ritual the day of the race.
- Always warm up properly before training.
- Always perform a proper cool down after the race.
- Always simulate the race conditions in training.
- Be ready for the unexpected.