Tying your shoelaces for the first time to go for a run is a decision that many people have made at some point in their lives. And surely, after completing that first race, they immediately regretted it and wanted to throw in the towel.
However, if they decided to give themselves another chance, they surely saw that they were wrong and that, although the first outing was disastrous, running gave them many more benefits than disadvantages.
The truth is that starting to run is not an easy task, as the body undergoes sudden changes that it has never experienced before and that can even scare more than one person.
When someone starts in a high-intensity sport, such as running, it is normal for the body to experience different symptoms than usual, since, if you are not used to doing sports, the bones and muscles may notice some changes.
Despite this, this should not be an excuse to leave running aside, since little by little as the body gets used to it, the benefits will be much greater.
Here are some examples of symptoms your body may experience while running.
You can get scratches and blisters
Two very common types of injuries among people who are new to the world of running are chafing and blisters.
On the one hand, chafing occurs as a result of skin friction with clothing, and usually causes skin redness, pain, and a burning and stinging sensation on the skin.
To avoid them, preventing them is essential. In this case, we must make sure that we are wearing the appropriate clothing and fabric, and that it is our size. If even so we cannot avoid them, we can try to use cream in the parts that are most irritated. Finally, you should not forget to keep your skin well hydrated, so it is advisable to apply moisturizer every time you get out of the shower.
On the other hand, blisters are fluid-filled sacs that appear on the outer layer of the skin as a result of friction between the skin and a piece of clothing. They usually appear on the feet, so they are caused by socks and slippers.
In order to prevent them, you must remember to wear comfortable shoes, of your size and that are suitable for running. Also, remember to tie your shoelaces well so that your feet stay in the correct position and don’t move a lot.
Cracks or sores on the nipples
Another symptom that usually occurs when starting to run is cracks or sores in the nipples, which generally occur in men .
They are produced due to the repeated friction of the skin with the clothing as a result of the movement of ascending and descending that the trunk produces during the stride. In that case, they can occur with the shirt we wear for running or with underwear.
This symptom, on occasion, can worsen, causing bleeding from the nipples . If it has happened to you once, you should not worry, since it is most likely due to skin rubbing against clothing, and in women to a poor fit of the sports bra.
However, if it happens to you on many occasions, try to protect your nipple well with protectors , and even visit a doctor if you think it’s convenient.
Metallic flavor in the mouth
Perhaps you have ever felt a metallic taste in your mouth, as if you were sucking on iron, especially the first few times you go out for a run.
That’s because our body, while we run, produces a release of red blood cells, and iron is a fundamental part of them, and hence the metal taste.
In this way, it is a common symptom that is experienced at the beginning and from time to time, so if you suffer from it repeatedly, it is best that you visit a doctor.
Better rest and greater happiness
In addition to these negative symptoms that running can leave at the beginning, you may also notice other extremely beneficial ones.
For example, many runners, when they start training, notice that their body rests better at night and makes better use of sleep, which makes them more focused and perform better the next day.
On the other hand, there are several studies that corroborate that running makes people happier, since the body secretes endorphins, substances that relieve pain and produce a feeling of well-being.