Running can be a joy or a chore. In my case, I started out hating it. But give me some kick ass music and my imagination kicks in. My energy hits higher and I start to sprint. Over time I started enjoying the longer runs and pushing myself further each time I hit the road.
Stamina, attitude, strength, health, the amazing runners high you get and the burn you feel when you’re done. Over and over again, I’ve felt like not doing the run. And every single time, even after a less than successful run, I’ve felt better than I ever would have if I had stayed on the couch.
Let’s face it, running makes your life better whether you like it or not. So let’s take a look at what to do to save your life in case of emergency and improve your life in case you keep doing that too. Living I mean.
Once again today we are joined by Jesse Sumrak of FalloutFitness
When I think cardio I tend to think running. But what else is out there?
Most of the time, I use running and cardio synonymously too, but there are so many more effective forms of cardio – especially when it comes to post-apocalyptic training. In my Cardio 0 to Cardio Hero article, I identified the most important forms of survival cardio.
The way you fuel your body before a run will ultimately determine the success of your run. Fail to eat anything, and you’ll be on an empty tank before 10 miles. Eat the wrong kinds of foods, and you’ll experience cramps and discomforts that will leave you useless.
I believe a mix of high-glycemic and low-glycemic carbs is the best choice. Like banana in a bowl of oatmeal. The banana acts as your quick go-to carbs – the ones your body will use first and fast. The oats will digest quickly and give you greater energy for the long haul.If you’re doing a quick, short run in the morning, you can do fasted cardio. Anywhere between 5 – 10 miles I recommend a banana or Clif bar (both high-glycemic carbs). Anything longer than that, and you’ll need to throw some low-glycemic carbs into your pre-workout meal as well (oats, brown rice, apples, etc.).Unless you have food along you’re run – that changes everything. For example, my 50K trail run will have stations every 5-6 miles with high-energy food and drinks. Because of this, I don’t need to eat a lot of food before the race – I’ll continue feeding myself fast-acting energy throughout the run!
I used a pair of Nike Freeruns for a while, but they were really meant for short-distance running. But since I didn’t have money to invest in long-distance running shoes, I would use these for everything. This lead to knee pains, foot injuries, and all sorts of problems I could have avoided. Now, I bought a pair of Brooks Trail Running shoes (Grit). Because they are intended for all kinds of terrain, I don’t have a problem using these on the road, trail, gravel, or anything in between. I highly recommend using shoes specific to your training conditions.It’s worth the investment!
Fantastic. Thanks for the info Jesse.
Now get out there and run like the dead are chasing you folks.