Getting Started

Running is not the easiest thing to get into. Running can at first feel like your own lungs are trying to kill you whilst your legs…well, they can feel like lead weights!

Whilst there are many benefits to running, like weight loss and improved fitness, you may sometimes need a nudge in the right direction to get you started.

Here are my top tips for starting your running journey:

1 | DO IT FOR YOU

You have to want to start running. It’s no good doing something that you don’t want to or you’ll have less chance of enjoying it. Don’t do it because someone has forced you, do it because you want to reap the benefits of running and improve your health and fitness.

2 | BUDDY UP

How many of your friends complain about feeling bleh?! Running with a friend or a running group can be just the push you need to get one foot out of the door. A good way of working out whether you’ve improved is by being able to hold a conversation whilst running.

3 | GET THE RIGHT GEAR

Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing, cotton clothing will be okay for starting out but you might want to invest in some technical t-shirts and running shorts long term. And ladies…get a proper sports bra! Good running shoes are also a must…

4 | GET INTO THE HABIT

Apparently it takes 21 days of doing something consistently for it to become a habit. I personally run 3 times a week. When I started running I ran once a week for a month, then twice a week for about 3 months, then I increased to 3 times a week. Once I got into the habit of running it became easier to just go out and run.

5 | PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR

This goes hand in hand with #4. If you put your running times in on a calendar app on your phone you can set up notifications to remind you to get out of the door. This also stops you from double booking something, it’s so easy to put it off.

6 | GIVE IT CHANCE

Chances are you won’t love running straight away. The “runners high” feeling doesn’t kick in straight away. Give it at least 12 weeks…

7 | START OFF SLOW

It’s no good setting off as fast as your legs will take you. You’ll burn out quick and feel like you’re getting nowhere. Use the run/walk technic: run for 2 minutes, then walk for 1 minute. Build up to running 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute. Keep building up until you can run for half an hour without stopping. Once you’ve built your endurance up, you can focus on improving your speed.

So, now you’ve no excuses, get those trainers on and get your butt out of the door!

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