Running: The Six Secrets of Runners Who Don’t Quit

Now that jogging has given way to running, going for a run has become ultra-trendy. Stylish photos of trendy shoes and curvy thighs have unashamedly taken over Instagram and Pinterest. And on the Internet, there is no shortage of advice to make a seasoned runner out of you.

But how do you sort through all the tips you read about running? Beginners and advanced runners, today is your lucky day! We have compiled the best tips to help you improve your runs and truly enjoy the sport.

1- Running: have your feet analysed at an approved centre (such as a sports store or foot professional).

Because every foot is unique, it's important to know your foot type and size so you can choose suitable and personalised running products accordingly.

2- Running: choose suitable shoes and soles

Good running shoes and soles that are designed for the shape of your foot are key to getting the comfort required in the long term for practising running. They will help you avoid injuries. They can be very different depending on your training frequency, your stride, weight or the type of terrain you run on! Do not hesitate to seek advice from a specialised retailer.

3- Running: Anticipate the risks of injury

Choosing a good pair of running socks is essential to anticipate the risks of friction and optimise your foot’s comfort. It is also useful to have protective solutions in place before each run, such as anti-friction creams or gel protections for the toes, which are very effective in preventing possible injuries, such as blisters or black toenails.

4 - Running: breathe normally ... or almost!

There are many theories out there on how you should breathe while running. Thoracic, ventral, through the nose or through the mouth? Listen to your body: every runner is different and knows his or her body. It is essential to let your natural rhythm regulate your breathing. During exercise, your muscles are in demand and require more oxygen so do not ask too many questions and just breathe! If you feel really short of breath, remember that walking or slowing down is not cheating!

5 - Running: keep hydrated

It cannot be repeated enough: drinking water is essential when running. Depending on your pace, a runner loses between 0.5 and 2.5 litres of water per hour. These figures increase according to the outside temperature. The more water you lose while running, the higher your internal body temperature is and thus the lower your abilities. Even if you think you can handle it, know that if you are not properly hydrated, you will be prone to cramps, headaches, kidney stones and many other inconveniences! So drink some water! #neverwithoutmywaterbottle

6 - Running: recovery, an essential phase

Whether it's your first ever run, your first time in a while or you’re training for the Paris Marathon, one thing is for sure, recovery time is essential whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner.

After your run, make sure you do not stop immediately, but rather continue to walk slowly and calmly, then stretch, which is essential to prepare your muscles for recovery and the next sporting activity. Build back up your reserves with a snack, and do not forget to drink throughout the day. To finish, apply a recovery cream that is relaxing and helps your muscles unflex.

There is more to running than just putting on nice trainers, and suitable soles before hitting the track! A healthy lifestyle allows you to have optimal health, whether you run or not.

Imagine if your lifestyle was in line with your sporting activity.

Stop smoking, start eating better, get more sleep and you will benefit from your sports efforts!