3 Tips on How To Run Longer

3 tips on how to run longer

Some people are naturally distance runners while others are sprinters.  And often, you’ll see that the way in which people run corresponds to their personality.  People who are impulsive, impetuous and rushing to get things done tend to sprint more while those who keep working like worker bees tend to run long distances.  However, just because you’re more comfortable running one way doesn’t mean that you can’t change.  If you are trying to figure out how to run longer rather than running faster, here are a few tips:

  1. Pace yourself.  In order to pace yourself, you need to run a little bit slower than you can run.  By pushing yourself, you might be able to run at higher speeds, which are different for everyone.  Often, it seems natural to run as fast as you can.  This might be because human beings have that natural instinct to run away from predators, probably something we developed when we were cavemen.  But we’re not cavemen anymore and no one’s chasing us.  So we need to run at slower speeds in order to be able to keep running for longer.  This is something that will have an immediate effect on how long you’re able to run.  If you could only do 10-15 minutes previously, you’ll now be able to do at least 20.
  2. Hydrate.  In order to be able to keep running, you do need to hydrate your body, especially if you live somewhere warm and you tend to sweat out all your fluids.  Carry a bottle of water with you when you go running.  If possible, carry something else as well, like a small box of juice, milk or soymilk.  Getting a few carbs in while you’re running will give you that extra shot of energy you need to keep going for a few minutes longer.  Some people tend to drink energy drinks but experts have stopped recommending these because they contain a lot of sugar.  So it’s best to go with something which provides natural replenishment.
  3. Music.  Any runner will tell you that music is a great motivator.  But it has to be the right music.  Some people love running to a techno beat while others love ballads.  In general, a faster beat will get your heart pumping but if it’s too fast, that might feel a bit uncomfortable.  You know what type of music you like.  So make yourself a running mix and listen to it when you go for your run.  It’s also a good idea to keep mixing things up so that you don’t get bored of your music.  So try listening to some new songs, either while you’re running or before and if you like them, make sure you download them and have them available for the next time.
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