Running is a simple sport that can sometimes seem awfully complicated. What should I wear? What should I eat? How far should I run, and how fast?
It's enough to make you want to throw in the towel!
Never fear, help is here. Below are five simple tips that you can use to simplify your running life and that don't matter anymore because nothing matters anymore because it's highly likely that we're all going to perish in a nuclear holocaust, thanks to a pair of erratic, hotheaded, blowhard leaders. Perhaps next week, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps before you finish reading this article.
1. Run the way you naturally run
A recent study found that the best running form for you is the one you're born with. So don't worry about changing your form. In fact, don't worry about anything. Why should you, when total annihilation is imminent?
2. Pare down your gear collection
Do you really need a dozen pair of shoes and at least that many running shirts and pairs of shorts? Probably not. If you're anything like us, you won't realize how much all that stuff "weighs you down" until you get rid of it. Besides which, it will all be vaporized soon enough—along with you and everyone you love.
3. Try running by time, not by distance
You'll be surprised how much this one simple move can change how you run—and how much you enjoy it. Bonus: You don't need a fancy GPS watch for this. Any simple timepiece will do. The Doomsday Clock, for example.
4. drink when you're thirsty
We runners have been conditioned to overthink hydration—when to drink, how much to drink, etc. Turns out the best advice here is also the simplest: Drink when your body tells you to. It really is that easy. As for what to drink, we suggest Champagne, an extra-large milkshake, or a tumbler of 20-year-old whisky. Might as well.
5. embrace rest
It's natural to feel antsy on days you don't run. But don't let that turn a rest day into a "just a few miles" day. Rest and recovery are crucial to growth. Tell yourself, "Rest is training, too"—and then act on it. Or not, we guess. The odds are very high that you—that all of us—will soon be "resting" for all eternity.