Not many people can say running is their favorite part of a workout. Running is extremely tiring, painful on both your lungs and legs, and one run feels like forever. However, if you’re one of the few people that enjoy running (kudos to you), you have to make sure you’re doing it right.

People who like to run can go on runs for miles and miles, and some people say that running burns muscle. Doctor’s have debunked this, on two conditions that every run should do:

Do Strength Training
Running is an excellent form of cardio. When you run, you get energy from your body’s supply of glycogen or your fat sources, which is where the term “runner’s high” comes in. However, it’s imperative that runners incorporate strength training into their workout regimen. Some days can be devoted to running, but other days need to be dedicated to strength training. That way, you’re still going to be building muscle on the days you don’t run.

It’s no secret that runners have to eat a lot. Getting a sufficient amount of calories and nutrients is crucial for runners, as you get that energy from your body’s glucose, which typically comes from carbohydrates. In addition to carbohydrates, it’s also essential to consume enough protein as it helps to rebuild muscle.

Eating healthy fats is equally important as it gives you the energy that lasts for longer. So, for example, a perfect breakfast that incorporates carbs, protein, and healthy fats is avocado toast with eggs. Toast is carbs, eggs are protein, and avocado is healthy fats. Boom! Typical breakfast for runners.

If you’re one of those people who thrive off of their runner’s high, make sure you check out our tips to ensure you’re running right.