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How to be a Better Runner


Foam roll: If you’re running a lot, you’ll really feel those tight muscles. Loosen them up to help prevent injuries with these self-massage techniques you can do with a foam roller.
Fuel up: Before and after a run, think carbs and protein. Carbs help fuel your muscles, while protein builds them up. These pre-workout snacks are the perfect combination of what you need for a good run.
Cooldown: Your run isn’t over until you’ve spent a few minutes on cooldown stretches. These help relieve muscle tightness and soreness, so you can bounce back and be ready for your next run. Try these postrun stretches after your next jogging session, and see how you feel.
Do yoga: Regular running leads to tight joints and muscles — regular yoga helps undo it. These must-do yoga poses for runners will open up tight hips, relieve lower back pain, and unhitch those shoulders.
Stretch for speed: Certain stretches can help you become a faster runner. Try incorporating these stretches for speed into your regular postrunning routine; they’ll help you improve flexibility and strength over time.
Hydrate: Chances are, you’re not drinking enough water, which is especially important if you’re running a lot. Beat fatigue and muscle cramps by hydrating well every day.
Energize: Need a little boost? Drink coffee about an hour before your workout — it’ll improve your endurance. You can also try beet juice, which studies show may improve oxygen flow in your body.
Strength-train: If you want to become a better runner, you need to cross train. Complement your running routine with workouts that strengthen muscles like your core,upper body, and quads.
Sleep: Your body needs to recharge if you want to have enough energy for a good run, so make sure you get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. If you’re not meeting that number, your nighttime habits probably need a revamp. Here are 20 ways to get better sleep tonight.
Prehab: You’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to prevent injuries that can sideline your running hobby. While strengthening muscles, stretching after a workout, and foam rolling will all help prevent injuries, specific prehab techniques are essential for areas where you are injury-prone. Try one of these:
Pre- and postrun foot stretches
Exercises to prevent runner’s knee
Ankle-strengthening exercises to avoid twists and sprains

the-exercist:

How to be a Better Runner

  1. Foam roll: If you’re running a lot, you’ll really feel those tight muscles. Loosen them up to help prevent injuries with these self-massage techniques you can do with a foam roller.
  2. Fuel up: Before and after a run, think carbs and protein. Carbs help fuel your muscles, while protein builds them up. These pre-workout snacks are the perfect combination of what you need for a good run.
  3. Cooldown: Your run isn’t over until you’ve spent a few minutes on cooldown stretches. These help relieve muscle tightness and soreness, so you can bounce back and be ready for your next run. Try these postrun stretches after your next jogging session, and see how you feel.
  4. Do yoga: Regular running leads to tight joints and muscles — regular yoga helps undo it. These must-do yoga poses for runners will open up tight hips, relieve lower back pain, and unhitch those shoulders.
  5. Stretch for speed: Certain stretches can help you become a faster runner. Try incorporating these stretches for speed into your regular postrunning routine; they’ll help you improve flexibility and strength over time.
  6. Hydrate: Chances are, you’re not drinking enough water, which is especially important if you’re running a lot. Beat fatigue and muscle cramps by hydrating well every day.
  7. Energize: Need a little boost? Drink coffee about an hour before your workout — it’ll improve your endurance. You can also try beet juice, which studies show may improve oxygen flow in your body.
  8. Strength-train: If you want to become a better runner, you need to cross train. Complement your running routine with workouts that strengthen muscles like your core,upper body, and quads.
  9. Sleep: Your body needs to recharge if you want to have enough energy for a good run, so make sure you get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. If you’re not meeting that number, your nighttime habits probably need a revamp. Here are 20 ways to get better sleep tonight.
  10. Prehab: You’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to prevent injuries that can sideline your running hobby. While strengthening muscles, stretching after a workout, and foam rolling will all help prevent injuries, specific prehab techniques are essential for areas where you are injury-prone. Try one of these:

There is something

I must be missing.

You would think that maybe since I have been surrounded by death for about five years now, I would find solace in spirituality. I have faced trials, but I have not come out the other side overtly religious or deity-inclined. But I look around - and call me ignorant, or naive, but the happiest people around me are those that practice religion. So many that I respect believe in a higher power and pray, albeit sporadically, when they seek guidance. They have faith.

And, yet, I also have faith. I have faith in the absoluteness of life. I have faith in the mathematical foundation to everything around us, and while I may not understand microbiology or neuroscience of any sort, I without a doubt believe that when we die, our energy persists but our consciousness, our spirit, will not.

But, please do not interpret my own beliefs as close-minded. I have sought religion in the past, I have gone to church and been to youth groups and prayed. I have CRAVED God. I want to believe. More than that, I want to have faith and I want to feel safe and I want to pray and feel complete in the presence of God.
But I can’t. Am I stupid? Do I lack the capacity to understand God? How can that be?


This is me, asking for help. I want to know God. But I’m afraid it’s too late for me, because I know, with certainty, that he does not exist. I just want to understand. Someone, prove me wrong. I want to believe but I just can’t.