I recently started running again and have set myself the challenge of running a half marathon by October 2018. It’s something I have always thought about doing and something I admire other people for doing and being able to do so I thought, why don’t I give it a go?
I used to run five miles-ish a day so I wouldn’t say I am brand new to running but it has been a couple of years since my running days. I have had a little think about what tips I would give to new runners and have thought up quite a few so I thought it would maybe be beneficial to all of you who want to start running but don’t really know where to begin.
First of all, set your goals in minutes not miles. When you first start running set your challenges in running minutes not the miles, they come later. I found that interval training was really useful in building my stamina back up to where it used to me. I just set it up on my Fitbit but if you don’t have a Fitbit why not use music? Run during the verses and walk for the chorus or better yet download an interval training app? I recommend Interval Timer on the App store which is completely free and brilliant!
With interval training in mind, remember that you don’t have to run straight away. Start by walking and then jogging and then running. Work your way up to the running pace instead of jumping straight in the deep end.
Drink plenty of water to make the running feel a lot easier. Water helps to keep your energy levels high so drinking when out running or before and after is a must. I know that I hate taking a water bottle with me out a run because I like to run without music so listening to the water sploshing around in my bottle makes me need a wee. I drink before and after.
Keep your posture and your hands relaxed throughout your run and really pay attention to it because it’s easy to forget and let it slip. By unclenching your hands, it makes it a lot easier for you to move your arms and almost propel yourself forward.
Don’t run when you’re hungry. Your body needs fuel to keep going so you will find it a lot more tough to rack up the miles if you are hungry. Eat a banana half an hour to an hour before your run and you will get that little burst of energy you need to keep going.
Mix up your workouts. Don’t chose running and just stick to running, you need a mix of other exercises. Being a good running is all about overall fitness. Work on your core of your rest days to help with posture for example.
Remember to stretch before and after your workouts to avoid injury. Being more flexible will also help with your next workout so never, ever skip it!
Find your running rhythm and then relax into it. Once you find this rhythm you will find your run so much easier. This is why I run without music because I like to hear my feet hitting the ground to help me find this rhythm. I find it really difficult when listening to different songs of different beats because my rhythm constantly changes.
Find the right shoes. This is literally the only investment you need to make when running. There are no additional charges and you don’t even have to invest that much to get good ones. I get all my trainers from my local Nike Outlet which has expensive and brilliant trainers for next to nothing.
When running remember that your legs aren’t about to give out, it’s all in your head. You head will give up one hundred times over before your body does. Push your limits and you will rack up the miles you have always dreamed of.