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5 tips for 5 KM — Forum Purple Run 2019

September 9, 2019

All you newbies — we know you may feel like giving up often. “It’s tough. I can’t do it” is a common refrain among all those who start out on their running journey — and most give up within the first few days. What they fail to realize though, is that running is all about getting past the dreadful initial phase. Once that’s over, it’s nothing less than life-changing. The ones who’ve pushed through the difficult days and continued running have experienced some remarkable benefits. 

So if you’re going through something similar, don’t worry, we’ve got a few hacks to help you out. Read on: 

  • Slow and steady is the key 

You may be tempted to sprint like it’s nobody’s business — but avoid it. It will do you no good and make you feel demotivated. Take it slow. Start off with walking, especially if you’ve been leading a sedentary lifestyle. Seasoned runners often recommend interval training for beginners— where you power walk for 5 minutes and run for 2 minutes, and then you power walk for 5 minutes and run for 2 minutes — you get the drift!

  • Rest, rest, and more rest 

Rest makes you a better and stronger runner, because it helps your muscles recover. So it’s crucial for you to take a break from running once or twice a week. Don’t over-train, eat healthy food, and squeeze in those 8 hours of sleep. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.

  • Water is your holy grail

Hydrate yourself before, during, and after the run — as it’s important to replenish your body with fluids in order to regulate its temperature, remove waste, and minimise the risk of injury. Also, water pumps in energy to the cells in your body and maximises your performance. So, the bottom line is, don’t forget to carry your H20 wherever you go! 

  • Playlists and podcasts to the rescue 

Want to spice up your running routine? Then get yourself a great music app. Listening to lively tunes while running has some great benefits — be it helping you destress or taking your mind off the distance. Here’s an insider secret — Spotify has some incredible running playlists and engaging podcasts to keep you company. 

  • Cross-training is a gamechanger 

There are two sets of muscles in your body — running and non-running. And cross-training will work the non-running muscles out — giving much-needed rest to the running ones. By cross-training periodically, you’ll be improving your cardiovascular health while reducing the risk of injury. Also, it’s sometimes fun to move away from running and indulge in another form of exercise. 

So, now that we’ve given you some hacks, unlock the benefits of running — only at Forum’s Purple Run. Click here to register: