Not a lot of runners ever achieve their true potential for a variety of different reasons. It could be because they never have properly fitted running shoes, or because they get repeated injuries and have to keep taking time off. Even if you just want to run a race for fun, it can be frustrating to know you can do better than you’re currently able, but to not be able to see where you are going wrong. Here are a few things you can do to increase the chance of running to your maximum each time.
The first thing you need to do is find a good pair of mens running shoes. Most runners will have a pair of shoes that they enjoy. Once you’ve found your perfect shoes – stick with them! Whether it’s a Mizuno shoe, Asics or some other brand, it doesn’t matter as long as you feel comfortable wearing it. You may even want to buy a few pairs so that as soon as one starts to wear out you can replace them.
Secondly, you need to come up with a training schedule that allows you to progress while at the same time avoid injuries. This is actually much more difficult than many people think – largely because if you try and do even slightly too much then your body will respond negatively. A good rule to follow is only increase your mileage or speed by 10% each week. Never try to increase both at the same time – so go up a distance for a while, and once you’re comfortable try to run faster. If you don’t do this then the chances are that you’ll develop a repetitive strain injury which will put your running schedule back several months. Slow and steady progress is always preferable to quickly trying to improve and ending up with a long term injury.