How to Leg Out Long Runs

Chiropractic is very popular among runners, because the high impact nature of running can lead to a variety of issues and potentially subluxation if regular care is not performed. Chiropractic helps ensure that the spine is properly aligned, as well as hips and knees – key players in a runner’s world.  Running is one of the oldest and greatest forms of exercise, and it brings with it many health benefits including cardio, strength, and mental wellness. Here we have compiled some tips for those of you who enjoy long runs, so you can stay strong and in action!

Have a Plan

Having a plan for your long run is important for your mentality. If you just set out on the road with no real goal in mind, it will be tough to know what you are working towards, and it could become discouraging. Instead, have your route mapped out, and if possible, end somewhere fun like your favorite park so you can have a calming post-run stretch.

Get a Partner

When you area tackling any big task – whether it be a long run, a deep house cleaning, or an important work project – it is always easier when you do it with someone else. If you don’t know anyone who is interested in long runs, join a local running club! You can make some new friends, and having company during that 10 miler will be welcomed and appreciated.

Stay Mentally Occupied

It is helpful on long runs to keep your mind busy so you are not constantly checking your GPS or your time. One of the best ways to do this is to listen to music. Putting on some upbeat jams will help keep you motivated and excited, and studies even show that fast-paced music helps people enjoy themselves during exercise. Another way to stay mentally occupied is to develop a game on your route. Count how many red cars you see, or see how many people smile at you when you go by. Little things like this can help you stay present.

 

*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*

Story Credit: Expert Tips for Surviving Long Runs by Heidi Pashman