How to Run Without Getting Tired

Four Parts:Before runningDuring the runFinding the motivationAfter the race

As we all know, running is a very important skill that everyone should be able to do. It's a great way to slim down, and keep yourself heart-healthy. It's also good in an emergency: you never know when you might have to run from a wild animal—or a door-to-door salesman. The downside to all that running is that it's hard to keep going! Sometimes you get so tired that your body just wants to quit, and fall face first to the ground. This article will improve your running skills in general—and if you're a good runner, we'll show you how to go even faster!

Part 1
Before running

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    Stay healthy. Get as much as calcium and as many vitamins from your food as possible. You have to be healthy and in good shape to run. Go easy on the junk food; stick with skim or 2% milk; drink a lot of water; eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. A well balanced diet helps keep you both healthy and fit.
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    Do cross-training. As well as running, try other ways to keep fit, such as walking, swimming and cycling. You will get stronger and build up your endurance every day that you exercise.
    • Participate in sports such as soccer, baseball or basketball. Anything involving a lot of aerobic exercise will help.
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    Warm up. Before you begin any form of exercise or running, always warm up. This will tell your brain that you're about to do some serious exercise, and stretch your muscles so they can reach peak efficiency. A good warm up begins with stretching, and stretching your legs, for running, is most effective.

Part 2
During the run

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    Breathe properly. Breathe in as deeply as you can through your nose and exhale in a controlled manner through your mouth.
    • Use your breath to help you pace yourself. For example: Take two short breaths in and two short puffs out. Try to help pace yourself by stopping to relax.
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    Stay hydrated. Your body needs water to survive, and the amount you should be drinking is approximately 8 glasses per day. Before you start your run, have at least one of those glasses, and if you have a water bottle, fill it up and bring it with you for sipping along the way.
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    Don't just sprint for the finish line. When you're starting your run, just jog. Find your pace, and build up until you've reached your target heart rate. Once you do, you should be able to jog 400 meters easily without getting tired. When you finally do feel winded, slow down to a jog again, until your body feels better. Have a long cool drink of water to refresh, and don't stop until you've reached your goal. Once you can jog without getting tired, then add bit of speed. Don't go too fast.
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    Keep going. Once you get tired, don't let it stop you. However, if at any time you feel exhausted, immediately slow to a power walk. If you feel pain, you know you are over exerting.
    • Focus on improving your stamina; this will help you to go further.

Part 3
Finding the motivation

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    Run to the music. It makes you want to dance, right? It's the rhythm that's going to get you running, so use it to your advantage. Find the rhythms and melodies that give you energy, copy them to your iPhone, plug in those earbuds, and get going.
    • Listen to music with a steady beat to keep you running at a steady pace.
    • Imagine you're in a film, running to save the world; tune your music to match this and you'll feel great and you'll have so much more fun!
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    Stay focused and motivated. Tell yourself that you can do this and will accomplish this by the end.
    • Think about your end goal, imagine the people who you are going to make proud when you complete your target.
    • Break your run down. If you're running a 10K, break in down into two 5K's, once you've completed one block, think "I only have to do that again".
    • Remember the good runs, remember how you felt when you had completed them; use this memory to pull you to the finish.
    • Count down the miles. You've just done one mile? That's one less mile to run now.
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    Bring a friend along to run with you. Having company can be excellent motivation and inspiration. You can cheer one another on and compare notes after each run.

Part 4
After the race

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    Cool down. As you are winding down your run, make the last 10-15 minutes a slowdown period, gradually slowing yourself to a walk. When your jogging session is over, do some cool down stretches and exercise. This will help your body not be as fatigued as it otherwise might be.
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    Have a break. Don't run every day or you'll wear yourself out, both physically, and mentally. Take a day off for relaxing, or working on your abs.


  • If you're going to run long distances, don't start out too fast as this will tire you out quickly. Instead, try to maintain a steady pace until you're comfortable. Then you can slowly increase your pace little-by-little.
  • Go to the bathroom before you start. It will make you feel lighter.
  • Every week or so, try to add speed to your jogging either if it is running on the treadmill or when you are taking a quick jog round the block.
  • Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Running should be fun!
  • Don't overdo it. Your body tells you to stop for a reason. Listen to it and do enough to make you feel good and proud.
  • Join an athletics group. Your coach there will give you more information and they can teach you professionally.
  • Work out a route before you run; when you get to a certain point, you'll know how much more distance is left.
  • Make sure when you run that you're consistent with your workouts. If you're consistent and stay on your workout schedule, and do the workouts the best you can, you will progress and eventually get in better and better shape and you won't be so tired when you run.
  • When running, keep your back straight and your palms supple and open. Don't slouch or clench your fists as this makes you tired easily.
  • You need to work your way up to what your goal is. By that, you need to get conditioned.
  • Drink at least 2 glasses of water before starting your run.
  • Start at a slow pace. The others who start at a faster pace might eventually slow down and you could pass them.
  • Run with a friend, so that you feel motivated to run longer and faster. It helps to promote a friendly type of competition.
  • Drink water but at a correct interval of time. Don't run just after you drank water. Sit down for a bit and then start running.


  • Always warm up and cool down. If you don't, it could put your body in shock. At the very least, it's going to let you know it did not appreciate you just jumping into an exercise routine.
  • Be careful. Running in warm/hot weather can give you heatstroke!
  • If you have any respiratory problems such as asthma, you'll have to make extra sure that you run at distances and speeds that are comfortable for you. If you push yourself too hard, your asthma could cause you to pass out or have a severe asthma attack. Make sure to have your inhaler or any other medical things with you at all times in case you need them while running.
  • If you get too tired, take a water break and continue.

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