The First 10 Steps to Running Success – Tip 2 + 3

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#2 Understand your Talent

Humans are designed as long distance runners. There isn’t another animal that even comes close to us. In fact, the main reason as to why we survived during the times of predator domination is because we were able to track down animals for hours and hours on end and then hunt them when they reached exhaustion and we still had some gas in the tank.

Even those who do not appear to be runners possess the innate anatomy that offers the potential to run efficiently. For a more in-depth view of our innate ability to run, you can visit http://getoutside.co.za/2015/04/08/humans-lean-mean-running-machines-by-devon-coetzee/

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#3 Get the Essentials

These days we are bombarded with an enormous amount of information regarding running equipment and gear. From minimalist shoes to palm cooling pellets, the technology seems to extend far beyond our imagination. But the truth lies within the simplicity. Whether it is a high-tech, state of the art gadget or a hand-me-down item of clothing, the best option for you is the one that feels most comfortable. Since each individual has a unique style of running and different goals, there cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

An example of this can be seen with the hype surrounding running footwear. The theory that running barefoot reduces your risk of injury has taken off and has resulted in the commercialization of minimalist shoes; shoes that mimic the act of running barefoot. However, what we have found is that only some runners benefit from running in minimalist shoes while those who do not adapt actually see a seven-fold increase in the risk of injury. Therefore, the answer to this conundrum lies within the individual. You need to decide what feels best for you and whether or not you feel confident with your decision. Whether you prefer low-profile minimalist shoes or not is up to you and that should not be influenced by any “advertising” or “public opinion”.

By Devon Coetzee

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