Running, in my opinion, not only a great form of cardio but a time to yourself to get away from everyday life and just spend some time outside.
I have been running since I can remember, maybe around 15 years. I have run in all weather conditions, all times of year and many places around the world. I run because I want to run, I don’t schedule in training runs or practice runs I just put on my trainers and go when I feel like it. I don’t usually put myself under pressure to run certain distances or speeds I just go with the flow and how I feel. However, I do occasionally like to test myself with more competitive half marathon distance races, my personal favourite. This means I have to focus more and schedule in training runs to ensure I can last the distance.
I am under no illusion that I will ever be the fastest runner or the best at endurance (marathons do not appeal to me at all) I do however feel I have a lot of knowledge on how to progress your running and get fitter with it. So I have gone back to basics to help the very beginner with how to actually step foot outside the door with a few hints and tips.
1.Get good footwear
The amount of times i see people running in inappropriate shoes… ditch the converse and invest in some decent trainers. I personally am a big Asics fan but there are loads of brands. If you can, get your gait analysed so you can really understand how you run and what you can do to improve it. I really feel it prevents discomfort in your feet and calves when run
ning. It also just looks after your body a bit more and that is always a good thing.
2. Wear comfortable clothes.
Get a breathable top so that you don’t feel like a sweaty mess as soon as you start running, it will also help to regulate your temperature. Make sure your clothes fit you comfortably, both not too big or too small. I have actually run 13miles holding up a pair of shorts because the elastic went… not fun. Try to find something you will want to wear and not feel self conscious in.
3. Be realistic
If you have never run further than to the end of your road, you will not be able to run a marathon on your first day. Set yourself a nice short route to find your bearings, walk parts and run parts and just get into the rhythm. Nothing is more demoralising than feeling like you can’t complete something on your first attempt even if that means you walk parts.
4. Decide if you want to run alone or with a partner
I personally really enjoy running by myself. I use it as a time to switch off and just enjoy my surroundings. I often run with my boyfriend and we both go into our own little worlds and find our stride. You may have a friend who will encourage and push you to run further than you would on your own, these are good friends to have. Set a time you want to meet with them for a run every week and stick to it.
5. Don’t forget to rest
If you are new to running, you will need to rest. Running everyday will mean your body isn’t getting enough rest and recovery time. Fuel right and aim to run 2 or 3 times a week at least to start with. Enough rest should make out want to get out and run rather than seeing it as a chore.
6. Find a nice route
Finally, pick somewhere you want to run. If you are a bit self conscious about running, don’t choose a route right through the busiest part of town and again if you aren’t too sure of a route, make sure you map it out before hand, Mapmyrun.com is brilliant for this. Make things easy for yourself and you can enjoy it.
I don’t just offer personal training, I offer running coaching, running buddy training where i run with you to give progression pointers and I also offer couch to 5k training. Get in touch for more info.