THE BEST WAYS TO GET UP AND RUN­NING

The Pullman Magazine - - Contents - TEXT RITA G. YACOUT IL­LUS­TRA­TION EVA GOMEZ STYLE CARO­LINE DIENE

TODAY, MIL­LIONS OF PEO­PLE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE FALLEN HEAD OVER

HEELS FOR RUN­NING, WITH MANY FEEL­ING UN­ABLE TO FUNC­TION UN­LESS THEY’VE HAD THEIR DAILY FIX. BUT IS IT BET­TER TO HIT THE TAR­MAC FIRST THING IN THE MORN­ING OR TO HEAD OUT LATER IN THE DAY? WHAT KIND OF DIET SHOULD YOU BE FOL­LOW­ING? HOW CAN THE IN­TER­NET HELP YOU TRAIN? WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A PHE­NOM­E­NON THAT IS A LONG WAY FROM RUN­NING OUT OF STEAM.

What is it, ex­actly, that in­spires am­a­teur run­ners and pro­fes­sional ath­letes alike to lace up, head out and crunch some miles at all times and in all weath­ers? Lau­rent, 40, is the re­gional di­rec­tor of a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firm. He first took up run­ning just over a decade ago for purely prac­ti­cal rea­sons: it came with no time con­straints, un­like go­ing to the gym, and there was no need to in­vest in huge amounts of equip­ment. But it didn’t take him long to be­come a self-pro­claimed run­ning ad­dict, with what ini­tially started out as one 45-minute ses­sion twice a week soon turn­ing into 3 to 4 ses­sions last­ing 1 to 2 hours, not to men­tion tak­ing part in a va­ri­ety of races and trails, hav­ing even joined a lo­cal run­ning club. "My job is highly de­mand­ing and pretty stress­ful. There’s a huge amount of trav­el­ling and a lot at stake...", he ex­plains. “Run­ning is my “me time”, when I can fo­cus on my­self. It gives me the op­por­tu­nity to let off steam, think things through and ba­si­cally clear my head. It makes me feel stronger and gives me the mo­ti­va­tion to work harder.

I set my­self chal­lenges and it helps me build up more en­durance than your av­er­age per­son, which is ex­tremely use­ful in my work!”

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Ben­jamin Laf­four­cade, a spe­cial­ist at Parisian sports clinic l'In­sti­tut Coeur Ef­fort Santé, the sense of well-be­ing that run­ning seems to bring is far from be­ing just an il­lu­sion. “As with all phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties that are ap­proached in an in­tel­li­gent fash­ion, run­ning stim­u­lates the se­cre­tion and dif­fu­sion of hor­mones. As the weeks go by, these feel-good hor­mones start hav­ing a me­chan­i­cal ef­fect on the body, re­duc­ing ner­vous ten­sion and boost­ing phys­i­cal well-be­ing”. What’s more, "for those with no un­der­ly­ing joint is­sues, run­ning im­proves the qual­ity of not only the car­ti­lage but of the bones, mus­cles and ten­dons, too. Above and be­yond these me­chan­i­cal ben­e­fits, there are also car­dio­vas­cu­lar ben­e­fits: im­proved car­dio-vas­cu­lar and res­pi­ra­tory func­tion. Fur­ther­more, nu­mer­ous stud­ies have shown that reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can help pro­tect against a cer­tain num­ber of can­cers, no­tably those that are hor­mone-in­duced, and cer­tain neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive ill­nesses such as Parkin­son’s dis­ease or Alzheimer’s.” Cer­tain rules of hy­giene, nu­tri­tion and hy­dra­tion must nonethe­less be fol­lowed in or­der to en­joy a healthy and ef­fec­tive run. Dr Laf­four­cade ad­vises against run­ning af­ter 7pm, for ex­am­ple, as it may be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive to sleep. He also ex­plains that early-morn­ing ex­er­cis­ers should take care when run­ning on an empty stom­ach, as there is a risk of hy­po­gly­caemia. Ac­cord­ing to sports nu­tri­tion di­eti­tian Ni­co­las Au­bineau, hy­dra­tion is just as im­por­tant as diet as far as run­ners are con­cerned: "Run­ners gen­er­ally need a nor­mal in­take of lipids and pro­teins, and a higher in­take of car­bo­hy­drates to sup­port the de­mands of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. But a range of dif­fer­ent di­ets are per­fectly suited to run­ners, bear­ing in mind that each in­di­vid­ual is unique.” he ex­plains. “In terms of hy­dra­tion, good hy­dra­tion lev­els should be main­tained through­out the day. An in­take of 1.5 litres per day should gen­er­ally be con­sid­ered the min­i­mum, to be in­creased in the event of pro­longed or in­tense phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity or if the weather is par­tic­u­larly hot. As a gen­eral rule, whilst run­ning, you should be aim­ing for an in­take of 100 to 150ml (ap­prox­i­mately 1 to 2 sips) ev­ery 10 min­utes.” Well pre­pared, well equipped and well hy­drated, the run­ner is now in the start­ing blocks, all geared up to get the most out of his run, just like our run­ning ad­dict Lau­rent. In 2015, he has al­ready clocked up over 870 miles on his pe­dome­ter! That comes as no great sur­prise, as Lau­rent never stops run­ning: af­ter work, dur­ing busi­ness trips and even whilst on hol­i­day “I sim­ply have to go for a run, no mat­ter where I am! When I’m go­ing away, I even pick my ho­tel ac­cord­ing to po­ten­tial run­ning routes, or at worst, in the mid­dle of win­ter, I look for places with a gym and tread­mill!” Filipe Vas­con­ce­los, man­ager of the Spa and Fit­ness Cen­tre at the Pull­man Barcelona Skip­per, sees peo­ple like Lau­rent com­ing through the door all year round. "Barcelona is a city that is over­flow­ing with run­ning en­thu­si­asts, so our guests re­ally feel at home! We gen­er­ally of­fer them a choice of four dif­fer­ent routes rang­ing from 1.2 to 2.2 miles long, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to take in the coast­line and even the his­toric city cen­tre as they run”, he ex­plains. If the run­ning bug hasn’t bit­ten you hard enough (yet) to make you want to run all year round, there is still one cru­cial el­e­ment on which you need to work: mo­ti­va­tion. Some spur them­selves on by shar­ing their sport­ing achieve­ments via apps such as Sport Track­ers or Strava Run­ning, which use so­cial net­work­ing sites to share and com­pare your en­durance with other run­ners. Put off by the idea of run­ning alone? Thanks to the In­ter­net, you can now hook up with fel­low run­ners all around the world via web­sites such as jog.in or so­cial­runs.com. Last but not least, others have had the boun­ti­ful idea of get­ting you to run for char­ity, such as the Blisport or Char­ity Miles apps, which will turn ev­ery mile you cover into a do­na­tion for the as­so­ci­a­tion of your choice!

Barcelona is a city that is over­flow­ing with run­ning en­thu­si­asts, so our guests re­ally feel at home!

It’s out with Sun­day jog­ging and the lonely jog – now peo­ple pre­fer to talk about ‘run­ning’. The prin­ci­ple is the same: run and be phys­i­cally active. What has changed is that the dis­ci­pline of run­ning has be­come part of a wider trend, which is to take...

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