Why running?

TrainingIconI’ve been running a few days a week at five in the morning.  There are no hills on these runs.  While riding on my mountain bike last weekend (the first time in two years), I found a road that goes up the mountain near my house.  The other day I decided to run up that mountain road.

I’m not ashamed to admit, I had to walk a few times as it is a very painful hill to climb.  Hill, I mean mountain.  My lungs and legs were on fire.  I could have simply turned around and gone home, but that would be quitting.  The run back down the mountain road wasn’t much fun either as I had to do everything in my power not to lose control of my legs and fall over.

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Guess what?  I will continue to run that mountain road.    Why would I do that?  The same reason other boxers run; to supplement their training.  Running is used as a supplementary training aid for many sports, not just boxing.   It isn’t just a good work out, it challenges ourselves mentally.  If you truly push yourself while running, it becomes an agonizing activity.  You’re constantly fighting the will to quit.  This makes a boxer a fighter.  If you can overcome your pain, you can handle the challenge of a fight.

Let’s be clear, running doesn’t always have to be a game of how far you can run.  A good running routine should include distance some days, hills on others, and some track work and/or speed work.  Maybe running 400 meters, walking 200 meters then running another 400 meters, doing that 4 times followed by (6) 200 meters, etc..

Long story short, if you want to take your boxing to another level, find a track coach.  That person will push you to your limits.  Speaking as someone who ran cross-country, indoor and outdoor track all four years in high school, I can attest to how well-conditioned running can make you.

About the Author

Justin M. Salvato
Justin M. Salvato is the creator & owner of BOXING 4 FREE. He's a former amateur boxer, former USA Boxing coach, and former boxing fitness instructor. These days he enjoys vintage computing, retro video games, and talking tech. He also writes a blog about the Coleco ADAM computer and Life with Microsoft.

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