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5 keys to successfully achieving your running Challenge!

Did you choose running as your Challenge? Then you’ll be interested to know that this is the most natural physical activity. But you need to take a gradual approach. Here are a few helpful tips.

1- Take it slowly

With each stride, your body absorbs up to three times its weight. If you weigh 150 lb, your joints, ligaments and muscles bear a load of 450 lb every second! Imagine what this represents over a distance of 5 km. That’s why it’s important to take it slowly.

2- Set realistic goals

New runners who are raring to go will run every day, without taking a break. But recovery time is important. Take a day to rest between each run and start slowly, alternating between running and light jogging during the first few weeks.

3- Choose the right shoes

Running requires only one investment. SO MAKE IT! Your shoes can make the difference between an enjoyable experience and an unpleasant one. More importantly, they can prevent serious injury. Don’t be swayed by the latest trends: you need to be comfortable and sure of yourself.

4- Seek advice

Several Québec authors and skilled trainers have published excellent books about running. Pierre-Mary Toussaint, Jean-Yves Cloutier, Jean-François Harvey and Guy Thibault, in particular, can guide you wisely. You’ll have a complete training program while avoiding an all-too-common mistake: ignoring muscle training and focusing only on cardio.

5- Finish on a high note

Once you’ve completed your circuit, take five minutes to walk and recover. There are many physiological and psychological benefits to this. You also need to take a moment, while they’re still warmed up, to stretch the muscle groups you’ve used: quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, glutes…