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Things to Do Before a Run

Updated on October 14, 2018


Are you a runner? are thinking of getting involved in running? There are many different things runners need to do before they can start running. The things runners need to do before they start running may seem limitless to them. Never forget that running is great exercise. It can also be fun. It can make you feel like you can do a limitless number of things with the amount of adrenaline that running causes. Why not try going for a run in a group the more people involved in the run the more fun you have isn't that right. Check out these ten tips about what to do before you go out for a run.

Running is great exercise, it is great cardio and it is fast. So if you are looking for something fast but fun in the cardio variety and have never tried running before why not give it a try. It might surprise you how much you like it if you have never tried it before.

Great quote for runners don't you think?
Great quote for runners don't you think?

Ten Best Things To Do Before A Run

When you think of running, there are two things that usually come to mind right away. Running for sport and running for exercise. When you think of exercise, some people think " if I just run without eating or drinking anything that will help me lose weight and tone up". Here is a list of the ten best things to do before you run.

The first thing is shoes, always make sure that you have comfortable shoes to wear, they should be lightweight and able to handle the support of a long run. Check out the photo I have chosen to use, for this post it shows the shape of one foot and what type of shoe they should wear because of it.

Runners wear shorts most of the time, even if it is freezing, they usually wear Nike or Dri-Fit, the reason for that is because of the fabric that the Nike or Dri-Fit shorts are made out of something that repels sweat as much as shorts made out of 100 percent cotton would.

Having the right t-shirt to run in is also very important, you should get Dri- Fit or Nike a type of shirt like that, and if you are a woman wear a sports bra, don’t wear the push-up bras because when you run you don’t want to be moving around so much or adjusting straps. For men wear a snug fitting shirt when you run so that it doesn’t rub up against your skin.

When wearing a hat or sunglasses, make sure the hat that you wear is, preferably black, if you wear a white one you will most likely get a sweat line. If you choose to wear sunglasses to run with making sure that they are sunglasses with rubber frames is your best bet. Gloves are only for the winter and if it drops below sixty in the winter where you live then that is when you need the gloves.

Don’t run on an empty stomach, eat something light like oatmeal or a banana don’t eat something heavy because then your body will have a hard time digesting it.

Drink plenty of water, not too much just enough so that you don’t get dehydrated while you run. If you drink too much water, you will need to stop to go to the bathroom and that isn’t good.

If you are running a marathon or just want to track your progress there are things on the internet that you can find to track it or use a watch with a GPS tracking device in it that will track your calories and steps.

Music while running is a must the beat of the music keeps you motivated to move faster or keep you running longer.

90% of your brain will be mental the longer you run. Your body will be physically exhausted but the longer you run the more your mental state will carry you.

These are the ten best things to do before you run but there is more if you drink chocolate milk or eat chocolate before you run it helps. I don’t know why it helps, but I have done it once and it seems to help with the cramps if you run too fast.

Stretching before you run also is a good thing because if you don’t stretch even a little bit, then you will pull a hamstring muscle or other muscles. Also if you are running in a group, don’t try to keep up with the others if you can't-do it, run at your own pace. If you run at your own pace, you will get more out of it.

Running is very healthy for you if you keep up with it. I know that I started running and haven’t really kept up with it, but I will get back into it. When you run, make sure you are running on an even train, ‘pavement is best because it’s usually even. If you run on grass, there could be holes or ruts that you could trip on and sprain an ankle. If you are using running as an exercise, you should run at least every other day. You could run every day, but then walking might be an issue if you are not conditioned enough. If you have an injury from running or, from something else that you did be careful when you try and run again. With injuries, you may need to take time off and recuperate so that it doesn’t get worse. If you have an injury that you can run with you may need things like knee braces or tenser bandages to keep the healing bones or muscles in places so that you can continue to, do your run.

I have a very old shoulder injury so I don’t need to use a tensor bandage unless I feel it is really necessary. I have just started running over the last couple of weeks, so I am not very conditioned to run long distances, which that is what I am trying to do. So I am writing this blog post to inform and educate new runners on the do;s of how to run properly. This post will benefit, me and others who are looking to run for exercise or even for people looking to get into marathon running.

Always remember to drink fluids before and after a run, water before is good to drink before a run. Gatorade, is good to drink after to build up your Electra-lights, is even better, Don't forget.

How Running Makes you Feel

Running is great exercise and it is also, great for your mind. It is great for your mind because as you run your mind can limitlessly clear of everything you have been thinking about or worrying about, and you can just focus on feeling the burn in your muscles as you run. At least that is what I like to think of a run as I felt that yesterday when I ran for the first time in a long time and loved it.

If you are a runner what do you do before you run? Let's Discuss

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    • louise-barraco profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Barraco 

      2 years ago from Ontario

      Thank you for the comment I found research about running very interesting.

    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile image

      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      2 years ago

      Being a newbie runner, this article was exactly what I needed!

      Thank you so much for sharing!

    • louise-barraco profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Barraco 

      2 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks for the comment, Running is great

    • louise-barraco profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Barraco 

      2 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks for the comment

    • louise-barraco profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Barraco 

      2 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks for the comment

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub about things one must consider before a run.

      Warming up and enough fluids are so important. I am sure this hub will help many who are planning running or a marathon.

      Thanks for sharing and thanks for the follow as well!

    • ReviewsfromSandy profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good information on things to do before a run. We all could use this information.

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Louise--Well now this is a great place to begin!! You do know your running! I use New Balance 608's and love them for the last 20 years or so. I run 45 minutes each and every morning for the last 3 decades. I do a routine of warm up exercises that I feel (like you) are critical!!!!! Well done. Everyone who plans to run a bit should read this HUB. See ya next time.

    • louise-barraco profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Barraco 

      4 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks I know a lot of people who say oh I am just going to start running but don't really know how to do so, and that is why I wrote a hub detailing what to do first, I am one of those people who don't really know what to do before a run but I say I am going to run for exercise now I know I need to use those tips before I do anything.

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      4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice tips Louise !! It's been a while I ran a marathon, think will keep your tips in mind before I start preparing for my next !!


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