To be a good athlete you need to have good training practices. Training practices are more than what you do on the track; They are about how you live your day.
Coaching: Looking for someone with more experience than you is always a good idea. There is no point in reinventing the wheel when someone has already tried various methods and it can save you a lot of time, allowing you to be more efficient in your training.
Be open – An important part of becoming an experienced athlete is keeping an open mind, both to new ideas and to comments. Ask for feedback. Recognize that you don’t know everything and that you can learn a lot from those with more experience.
Take it easy: set reasonable goals. If you run twice a week, don’t expect to make it to the next Olympics. Reasonable goals will keep you mentally fit and motivated to keep exercising. If you try to take things too quickly, chances are you will tire yourself out both mentally and physically.
Injury Prevention: I don’t know of any great athlete who hasn’t suffered an injury at some point in their career and knows how devastating it can be. An injury can end a season or an entire career. Be smart in your running training to avoid injuries in the best way. This can be achieved by using the proper equipment. Why take the risk of training in year-old running shoes when it is recommended that you buy new ones every 6 months? Proper heating and cooling can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Not warming up is like driving a really difficult car without tuning it. You are playing with the fireworks. This may involve jogging to warm up the muscles, stretching and other mobility exercises to make sure you are ready to start your training session.
If you take these things into consideration, I have no doubt that you will be successful at whatever it is that you are training.
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