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Sport and Fitness

Top 5 Tips to Improve Your Running

Words by Nathan Irvine

Running season across the UAE is still in full effect. The weather’s perfect, which means we can switch the treadmill for some fresh air in our pursuit of staying fit and healthy.

With this in mind, we asked Adidas Runners Dubai Captain, Lee Ryan to give us his top tips on how to get better at running so we can enjoy the season for much longer.

Adidas Lee Ryan


Adidas Marathon man, Lee Ryan

Adidas Ultraboost 19


Adidas Created by runners, for runners - the UltraBoost 19

1. Start in the kitchen

No, not the actual physical side of thing. But a rule-of-thumb is to have three healthy meals per day and be sure to have plenty of water to help you stay hydrated. The key is to replenish all the nutrients you’ve burned through whilst working out. Oh, and “healthy” means it’s bye-bye to junk foods and unnecessary sugars.

This will give you more energy for those long runs or super-sprints that you want to blast through.

2. Load up on carbs

Don’t be afraid of bread, as carbs are more important than you think. The more you workout, the more muscles you build. The bigger and denser your muscles, the more energy it takes for your body to maintain them.

This is why carb-loading before a big race is essential as your muscles will use these to keep you going longer.

3. Stay focused

Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to improving your running. Through the first few weeks it may be painful and exhausting, but build it as a form of habit. You’ll thank yourself in the long run as you get stronger and feel more able to push yourself further.

4. Get your sleep

So, you’ve got training and a good diet covered. The final piece of the puzzle for supreme athleticism is to getting the right amount of sleep at night. It’s just as, if not more, important than the hours you put in on the track or at the gym.

Without sufficient sleep you’ll be shuffling to the finish line like a zombie, rather than striding through like a champ.

5. Use the right gear

A good source of motivation for running is what you wear, and being comfortable is vital. Wearing the right kit allows you to focus on training without distractions.

Sportswear should be compressive in the right areas so you are supporting your muscles and feet. So make sure your outfit and trainers are on point before you even step out of the house.


Head to the Adidas UltraBoost 19 pop-up at The Dubai Mall ice-rink before Sunday, March 3 for more tips and advice from the on-site trainers.

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