All About Good Training Practices For Runners

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By Jennifer Bowers

To be a good athlete you must have good training practices. Training practices are more than just what you do on the track; they involve how you live your day to day life. Experience Helps. Seeking out someone with more experience then you is always a good idea. You don't need to do things in a brand new way when the old way works, and has been proven to do so, especially with an experienced mentor guiding you.

Be Open. Ask for feedback whenever you could and keep and open your mind to new suggestions as you work towards being a good athlete. Make sure it's constructive, though. Recognize that you don't know everything and that you can learn a lot from those who are more experienced.

Pace yourself. Goals must be realistic. If you're a twice a week runner, don't expect to make the upcoming Olympics. Reasonable goals will keep you mentally fit and motivated to keep training. Expect injury or mental burnout if you set your standards too high.

Staying Injury Free. Most athletes have suffered a injury at one point in their career, and it can be devastating. An injury can put an end to a season or an entire career. Train prudently and you can avoid running injuries this way. A lot of it depends on the athletic equipment you use. You may be saving money by using the same running shoes you bought last year, but why risk injury by not buying a pair twice a year instead of once?

There is nothing more important than warm up and cool down when it comes to training. It's almost like entering a NASCAR race without tuning up your stock car first. Your playing with fireworks. Some good warm up exercises could include jogging before the session begins or doing some stretching exercises to get yourself ready for the real thing.

It doesn't matter if you're a runner or not, as these tips can work even if you're training for other sports.

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