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Being a runner over 40 has presented new areas of interest (and concern) for me on the road and more importantly in my training and recovery off the road.
I would like to share some insights and tips that I have learned along the way. Many of these women’s running tips can apply to all runners, but they definitely take on a new perspective as the years go on and we get older, wiser, and perhaps, faster.
1. Adding Miles: SLOWLY! Use the 10% rule. Add no more than 10% increase of the mileage each week. Here’s more detailed explanation Air Jordan 20s and chart from FitSugar.
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18. Type of Diet: Adhering to a well balanced, low fat, wholegrain diet that is higher in carbs has always been the best route for me. I love a good smoothie (see post “Smoothie Operator quick nutritional training meal”) while training. Here’s an interesting article w/ good tips on eating from Cool Running called “The Runner’s Diet”. I opt for the lower calorie alternatives like electrolyte powder mixes (see post: “Water log: Hydration and road recovery options for runners”).
20. Eating after Running: The window for eating after running is small, but important. See post “Refuel ‘Right’ after a Run”
21. Running Clothes/Bra: I like my running clothes sporty not funky, but this is obviously personal preference. I have learned that running skirts are the most polarizing of all apparel items. There are tons of shoe guides for different types of feet that are helpful in narrowing air jordan force 5 white orange blue it all down. Learning about pronation and choosing a shoe that Air Jordan 19s fits whether you have normal pronation, underpronation (or supination), or overpronation (or hyper pronation) is key. Runner’s World has a good article along with videos on pronation here. I have changed my shoe once. I alternate pairs of three for marathon training (it used to be two but with my foot issues, it’s now three). Here’s Runner’s World’s “Spring 2009 Running Shoe Guide”. The Asics Gel Kayano 15’s are the “Editor’s Choice” winners and also the shoes I use. A few other quick tips:
Measure your feet: As you age, your foot size may gradually change. Make sure salesperson measures your foot while you are standing up
Shop later in day: As the day goes on, you feet get slightly larger.
Orthotics and socks: Wear socks you use and bring orthotics to store when trying out shoes. Find “dry wick” type of socks instead of cotton.
Check wear: Most shoes give you between 300 500 miles of running. Keep track of the miles (see 24 Running Log). Replacing shoes can avoid unnecessary injuries. Check for wear on soles and inside the shoe as well.
Local running store: Find a good store that specializes in running shoes. Bring in your old shoes when looking for new ones. A good running shoe specialist should be able to look at old shoe and note the wear/fit when choosing a proper new shoe. As about return policy, many stores will let you run in the shoes and return them if they cause problems. Once you’ve found the shoes that work for you, you may be able to find the shoes again on line at places like Runners Warehouse (a bold pace readers get 15% off), Overstock, or Holabird Sports.