How Running Helped Me Overcome My Addiction

When I first got out of rehab in early 2015, I was a mess. Once I got sober inside of the rehab, I was able to really focus on my healing, but the transition back to my normal life was not easy for me at all. My drinking buddies were calling me up and wanting to hang out. They didn’t understand that I wasn’t drinking anymore. It was a really difficult time for me.

I started to attend SMART Recovery meetings, and I met a few other people in recovery. That was extremely helpful, but it wasn’t really enough. I started feeling the urge to go back to drinking. It was getting worse. I didn’t want to start all over and end up in the same mess that had landed me in rehab in the first place, but I didn’t know what else to do.

One morning, in a fit of desperation, I just started running. That first day, I didn’t have the best shoes or anything. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I was just running instead of drinking. And I discovered that it felt really good.

I started doing it every day. Pretty soon, my drinking buddies weren’t calling me anymore. And I never wanted to go out late at night and stay out because I knew I was getting up early to go for a run.

Running became my new addiction. I had to go for a run in the morning or I felt off the entire day. For the first time, I had an addiction to something that was healthy.

Yes, rehab was helpful. Yes, SMART recovery was helpful. Yes, my new sober friends were helpful. But I know that if I hadn’t discovered my love for running, I would have started drinking again.

Now, every morning as I tie my shoes and do my stretches, I feel so incredibly grateful to the act of running. I’m so glad that I discovered how great running could make me feel. So if you are struggling with an addiction, I encourage you to find something that you’re passionate about. It might just save your life.

3 Tips for Lifting Weights Before Your Daily Run

Have you ever thought about strength training and lifting weights? Maybe you’ve thought about it but just couldn’t see how it would help you as a runner. I’m here to tell you that lifting is one of the best things you can do for your running. If you start lifting, you will definitely begin to see the exact nature of the wide range of benefits that are available to you when you increase your strength.

The best thing to do when you are starting to lift weights is to know how to lift weights in the correct way. This way, you will save a lot of time that might otherwise be wasted. You will also get the results that you actually want, and you will be much less likely to injure yourself.

Here are a few tips to help you lift weights:

1. Do your weight lifting before you run.

Doing muscle strength training before running is beneficial because it helps to build muscles that you need when you are running. This is something that you will discover to be true when you start doing it.

2. You need to warm up.

You can just go into weight lifting out of doing nothing. You have to warm up your muscles so that they will be ready for a work out.

3. Don’t rush through repetitions.

When you are lifting weights, you may be tempted to rush through the reps you are doing. Don’t do this. Take the time that you need. You can’t maintain your proper form this way.

There are a lot of different benefits associated with weight lifting for runners. The best thing to do is to try it. But make sure you follow these tips so that you are lifting weights the right way.

How to Improve Your Speed

So many runners wonder the same thing: how can I run faster? If you are thinking about speed and how you can get more of it, this is probably a question that you have thought a great deal about. Luckily, there are a few simple tips that you can follow to increase your running speed. Here are some things that you can do:

1. Count the steps that you are taking.

One way to increase speed is to count the number of steps that you’re taking when you’re running. Then you can gradually increase the rate of steps per minute because you will be keeping track of them.

2. Run on the treadmill.

Yes, running outside is a lot of fun, but it’s actually easier to run on the treadmill, and it’s easier to increase your speed on the treadmill, too. So make sure you know that the treadmill is your friend.

3. Switch your pace up.

Going from jogging to sprinting and then back to jogging can make you a more versatile runner. So it’s definitely something that you will want to try if you are trying to improve your running speed.

4. Get lighter shoes.

You don’t have to run barefoot, but there are a lot of lighter options when it comes to running shoes. So get to the shoe store and try out some of them.

5. Learn the correct way to breathe.

Make sure you are breathing fully from your diaphragm while you run. This will help too build up your speed and endurance.

6. Avoid sugar before running.

Before you run, you want to stick to whole grains and things like pasta. These things will provide long-lasting energy whereas if you load up on the sugar, you will soon crash.

7. Lift weights and build up your muscle strength.

Stronger muscles will help you to run faster. Check out my blog post about lifting weights for more information.

These are just a few tips for you to try when you are increasing your running speed. Do these things, and you will be sure to get your speed up there.