I never thought that I would fall in love with running, it was never something that I wanted to happen and it was certainly not something that those who know me anticipated either. But it did and and I couldn’t be happier about it.
When I started out running I had no idea how to get those miles into my weekly routine and although I certainly wouldn’t class myself as a running guru, I thought I would share a few little tips & tales with you incase you have inspired to grab your trainers lately.
First things first, why do I love running? Because running leaves me feeling epic, no exaggeration, no matter how I feel before I put on my trainers. Yes it burns calories but that is such a small effect in the grand scheme of things, it also helps me to destress after a tough day at work, it helps me sleep better and therefore makes me a happier person.
No lie, resting bitch takes timeout if I can squeeze a run in!
I guess another thing I love about running is the simplicity of it. All you need to get started are a good, comfortable pair of trainers (I’d definitely invest in a good pair & gait analysis if you want to rack up the miles like I did earlier this year), your gym kit and a bottle of water. You don’t need to invest big bucks if you’re only doing a few miles a week and you certainly do not need a gym membership.
Find a familiar, fairly flat open space to get started in and take it at your own pace. I love canal towpaths for this, you can ease up and stroll if you need to or alternatively you can (pardon the pun) put your foot down and go for it. If you’re taking to the treadmill start off slow, build your speed & distance up gradually and do not be downhearted if you can’t match your expectations.
Never ever try to run without water, dehydration makes it harder to pump blood around the body, which can cause cramp and potentially even injuries. My race day was incredibly hot (hello sunburnt nose) and so I had to make sure to take on lots of water & stay hydrated to avoid heatstroke.
My ultimate tip would be to start with a plan though. The worst days for me when I started out running were always the ones when I didn’t plan ahead and tried to ‘go with the flow’ because there was never a flow and I always ended feeling a little annoyed with myself. So plan your runs in, plan where you are going, how far you are going, hell even plan what you are going to wear if it makes you feel more prepared & confident.
Remember running is good for more than your legs, it helps strengthen your core, your resilience and your mind too.
So if you’re thinking of going for a run, do it, try it and stick at it, you might just fall in love with it!
What are your experiences with running? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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