Top 10 Running Tips to Help you Run For Good

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The London Marathon is just over a week away. I often feel inspired by people who can run long distance, especially if it’s to raise money for a good cause. I’ve started running again recently, to tone up for Summer and get ready to do the Race for Life 5k in July.

I came across an article in Hello Magazine with some great tips, so if you’re taking part in a charity run, or just thinking about taking it up to keep fit, you may find this handy.

Also if you need to buy any running gear, make sure you remember to use Give as you Live to raise funds for your favourite charity. You can view our full selection of running products here. Make sure you shop online for your running gear this year, and Run for Good!

running 1 1. Put your feet up
Invest in good-quality running shoes to protect your bones, muscles, joints and tendons. Buy from a specialist running shop where you can get expert advice and a perfect fit.

SportsShoes.com sell a variety of different running shoes and will donate up to 4% to your favourite cause.

2. Stretch yourself
Running increases the risk of pulls and strains. Help prevent this by stretching all the major leg muscles before you set off and as soon as you finish. For a good stretching guide, visit www.virginlondonmarathon.com.

running 2 3. Get a massage
Regular sports massage can boost your training. Try a full leg massage after a long session, or once a month every few months, to help flush away toxins and repair muscle fibres.

The Physio room are a great website selling everything you need to treat sports injuries, including massage oils and treatments. They donate up to 5% to the charity of your choice.

4. Take it easy
If you take a break from training, don’t jump straight back into a rigorous routine – it could cause an injury. Return to running gradually, increasing the distance by no more than ten per cent each time.

running 3 5. Show some resistance
Working out with weights can be great for runners as it will improve all-round strength and posture. For best results all-round strength and posture. For best results, each week try to include one or two sessions of full-body resistance.

This hand weight set includes 3 pairs and can be used in a variety of ways to make your workout more effective. Sweatband.com will donate up to 2.5% to your favourite cause.

6. Pace the races
Taking part in the race is much more demanding than a training run – as your competitive instincts kick in, you will use a lot more mental and physical energy than usual. Although the occasional race can be invigorating and provides a good goal to work towards, too many will risk injury and illness.

running 4 7. Drink up
Losing fluid through sweating can lead to dehydration, causing nausea, fatigue or headaches. To prevent it, drink natural, caffeine free beverages such as water and fruit juice throughout the day.

This water bottle from Lovell Rugby is just £4.99 and they will donate 2.5% to the charity of your choice.

Pick protein
When you run, your body can use stored protein as fuel, so you need to top up regularly. Eat low fat proteins such as meat and fish; if you’re training heavily, aim for a daily intake of 1.5g for every kilo of body weight.

running 5 9. Monitor your heart
Simple, effective and now coming down in price, heart rate monitors allow you to decide whether to ease or pick up your pace, helping you to get more out of your training and reducing the risk of over training.

This heart rate monitor watch from Prezzybox is only £29.95 and up to 5% of this will be donated to your favourite cause.

10. Keep up your core
Regular core training such as Pilates or yoga will work the muscles in your abdomen to control posture and support your body. A strong core will make you a better runner and help prevent injuries.

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