Running is one of the oldest forms of activity known to man and our bodies are designed for it, so it should be second nature right? Well maybe not.
Starting right is essential for running, and if you are out of practice, then a couch to 5k program that mixes running and walking is the best way to build strength and endurance without injury.
Picking shoes that support your gait and weight, clothes that keep you at the right temperature and avoiding chafing are also important, as are hydration and nutrition, especially for longer races. Don’t overdo it though, many people are shocked to find that they put on weight when training, especially for longer races!
But, most important of all, make sure you believe in yourself, endurance racing is 90% mental!