Running is a physical activity that is starting to be more and more popular. This activity is easy to start and doesn’t demand anything more than yourself. Moreover, it is also something that you can do alone, in order to clear your mind or with other people to feel motivated and develop a sense of belonging . Additionally, everyone nowadays has the possibility to get a running coach London or to subscribe to an online running club. Even if it’s a popular activity, it is pretty rare for people to actively know what’s going on in their body while running. As such, this article has been created in order to give more information to people that want to improve their knowledge on this specific activity.

  • The first few seconds

As you start to run, your muscles will begin to use a molecule called adenosine triphosphate or ATP. This molecule is responsible of the transferring and storing of energy in the cells of your body. As such, ATP can either be withdrawn to pay for a physical reaction when energy is required by any cells in your body, or be simply stored in your body in advance for future physical activity. ATP will capture chemical energy coming from the breakdown of food and then release it to fuel other cells.  Within the first few seconds of your run, your body will create a surge of adrenaline that will convert ATP into another molecule named adenosine diphosphate or ADP. After that initial surge, your muscle cells will switch back ADP into ATP.

  • The first ninety seconds

Your cells will try to break down glycogen in order to produce more ATP. Glycogen is a molecule released by the cells when the body needs a quick boost of energy, like having a physical activity for instance, or when the body isn’t getting enough glucose from food. The glucose is a type of sugar created inside after the body broke down carbohydrates from the foods that was ingested. Glucose in general is the main source of fuel for our cells. This glucose will be stored and stocked when the body doesn’t need energy and release when needed. Glucose will always be released into the bloodstreams in order to provide energy for your body. Within the first ninety seconds of your run, your body will start to use more and more glucose. Additionally, your muscles will create lactic acid  which will alert your brain that you are under physical stress. That’s when you will begin to feel the ”burn”.

  • The next few minutes and beyond

At this stage, your heart will start to beat faster and you might feel pain in your muscles. It will happened quickly especially if you’re a beginner. As your heart is beating faster, the blood sending by it will start moving more towards your muscles and away from organs that doesn’t require any type of energy. The bloodstream coming towards the muscles will contain a good amount of glucose and oxygen in order for you to still be able to run. Additionally, you will begin to breathe more heavily. As you’re feeling more comfortable in your stride, your legs and core will work together in order to maintain a controlled and upright form while you run. That’s when you will be able to find your pace and get used to run. The start of this process can be really hard for beginners. However, with the help of a running coach London or an online running club, even beginners will find the motivation to keep running.

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