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The Process of Running


									Ryan Thrush
English 004
Ron George

                                 The Process of Running

       Imagine you are about to finish a five mile race. You are tired, hot, and can’t wait

until you are done. You are tied for first and you come down around the last turn. You

are racing with all you have left. You think about all the training you have done and that

drives you to sprint away and win the race. There are many things involved with running

that people who are not in running sports might not know. For instance there is:

stretching, your training, equipment, and the different types of running.

       To start off with, you need to know that there are basically two types of running,

distance running and sprinting. In the sport of cross country there is only long distance.

By long distance I mean the race in high school is 3.1 standard. In college the races are

5-6 mile races. The other is track, and in track you have sprinting, hurdling, jumping,

throwers, and long distance. Sprinting is usually like the 100m, 200m, up to the 400m.

       Next thing you should know is what gear you should have. You would not want

to run 10 miles in hiking boots, and long jean pants. You want a good pair of running

shoes. Shoes that support your arch and ankle, fit snug, feel comfortable, and can take

many miles. The amount of miles a good pair of shoes is good for should be 500+, at

least if you are going to be a distance runner. Next you should have some light shorts or

winter sweat pants. For racing you may want a pair of spikes. They are similar to soccer

cleats except they aren’t as big and most have removable metal spikes.

       Another important factor to consider before you run. Especially before you race

and before your workouts. Is to watch when you eat and drink, what you eat and drink

and how hydrated you are. You want to allow a good two hours before racing and watch

how much you drink. This is so you do not get sick (throw up), and feel miserable.

       Since you decided to run, you will need to learn some stretching tips. It does not

matter if you are going to be a sprinter or a long distance runner, you still stretch. You

should hold a stretch for at least fifteen seconds. Stretching helps you get your muscles

ready for exercise, and helps prevent injury. Pulling a muscle is one injury that you can

help prevent by stretching. There are different types of stretching static and dynamic

stretching. Simply put, static stretching is when you are holding your body in a certain

position. Dynamic stretching is moving your body in different rotations or different

walking, skipping, etc. This aids in mobility, flexibility and gets the body moving some

before warm-up.

       Next is warm-up, which is a slow easy run before an intense workout or race.

How long you warm-up is up to you to decide. This also helps to prevent injury like

pulling a muscle. It gets your body warmed up, your heart rate up and gets muscles ready

for intense running. I usually like to get twenty to thirty minutes in before racing.

               Training is the hard and also the fun part. You don’t start out running 10

miles your first day, you slowly build up. For example you may do twenty minutes you

first day, which is what I did. Then you go longer and faster and go more miles. Until

your up to 10 miles and beyond.

       You also have workouts besides your meets (races). Some examples of workouts

would be running repeats of a distance with a time limit between each one. Like running

12, 400 meters (one lap around a track) with one minute between each one, running three

,one mile, with five minutes between each one and there are numerous other workouts

that you can do.

       You also have to train your mind into having a strong mental mind set, which is

hard to do. It is helpful when you are running hard, like in a race and you feel like you

can not keep going. You use you mental mind set to keep on racing. Another good idea

is to keep your upper body in shape. I mean doing exercises like: sit-ups, pushups, etc.

As well as doing squats and other leg exercises.

       Another thing you learn is how to pace. Pacing is how fast you are going, in

running it is what your average mile pace is. For example if you are going 5:30 minute

mile pace for three miles you would have a 16:30 time. My best 3.1 mile time was 17:30.

       Also when running you encounter all types of weather, except when there’s

lighting or very bad weather. For practice we have run when it rained, snowed, cold, hot,

windy, etc. You train in summer, through cross country season, break, winter

conditioning and through track season, break and you do that all over again.

       In conclusion, running is something I like to do. It helps get my energy out. It

helps get stress out, and keeps your mind sharp. Running keeps you in shape physically

as well as mentally. One nice thing to end with is, anyone can do it if they want to. You

just keep working and building up. Try running you might just find a new passion.


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