Who doesn’t want to be a better runner? For me, becoming a better runner doesn’t just mean being faster and winning races. It’s about being healthy, injury-free and doing the right things to help you achieve and exceed your running goals. Here are some of my tips to help you be a better runner:
1. Improve your running technique: Becoming a more efficient runner usually results in instant benefits including less impact and more speed. It’s important to learn from an expert like myself if you want to best improve your technique.
2. Proper training: Too many runners train poorly and get injured, burnt out or do not reach their goals. Learning from an expert who gets results is very important. Find a coach that you connect with. An online coach should give personal attention and help with technique, training, injury prevention, nutrition and racing. A good coach will keep you on track, motivated and help you with every small detail. The best coaches focus on quality runs and not quantity or lots of mileage.
3. Optimal nutrition: Everyone is different and finding the optimal nutrition and diet for each individual is key. Focus on whole foods for best results (fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, quinoa, sweet potatoes etc).
4. Other important factors: Getting adequate sleep is key. You’ll recover quicker and be able to run your best. Stay extra hydrated EVERY day. Be prepared for your races by learning about them as much as possible (a coach should help with this as well). Finally, focus on your overall health, happiness and well being. You don’t need to be perfect about anything, do your best and a little goes a long way.
Damian Stoy is the founder of Wholistic Running and coaches runners from around the world. Learn more about his coaching HERE