Building your stamina means to be able to not let go when your body is tired and gives you signals to stop.
Let’s say your goal for your long weekly run is 5, 10, or even 15 km, if you manage to double that distance by building your stamina step by step, you will gain more muscle strength, you will become faster and more productive while your aerobic skills will skyrocket!
How can you do this though? Initially, as your level of stamina increases, it will increase your ability to push your limits and believe in yourself.
At the same time, running longer distances will help you burn more fat, you will lose more weight, thus finding it easier to maintain your ideal weight. In addition, slow and continuous runs will help carry more oxygen to your muscles, making them work for longer before they get tired.
Once you discover your new limits, many activities of your everyday life that create stress will become easier for you to handle and you will be able to enjoy running longer distances, more!
Let’s look at some guidelines to help you develop your stamina:
- The only way to improve your running stamina is just running. Swimming, cycling and other sports will definitely help build your stamina, but to get better at running, you have to run.
- Run slowly. Some runners make the mistake of running too fast, resulting in excessive fatigue and unwanted injuries that postpone your recovery.
- Try to run your long distances with friends. This way, your run will become more fun and your time will go by faster.
- Drink fluids during your long distance runs to prevent the dehydration of your body.
Most importantly, be consistent. To be able to develop your stamina, you must first develop your discipline skills, and as time passes, you will see that you will be able to achieve all of your goals, one by one.
See you at the 2nd Radisson Blu International Marathon in Larnaca, on 18.11.2018!