I’ll admit it, running is HARD. It’s a challenge physically and can sometimes be very boring.
But..wait!! There are SO many great things about running:
-It’s incredible cardiovascular conditioning
-You can do it anywhere
-It creates strong lean leg muscles
-It’s a great way to clear your mind
-It relieves stress
-And finally…..It burns A LOT of calories!
If you are a running newbie, it can be hard to figure out where to start and how to motivate yourself to get going. Lacing up your shoes and actually hitting foot to pavement is honestly more of a mental battle most of the time- every runner experiences this mental battle, so don’t give up so easily!
First: figure out a goal. Do you want to run a half or full marathon? Or maybe a 5k or 10k? Do you want to start consistently running a few times a week? Or maybe you want to just be able to get through a mile or two without feeling like you’re going to die? Cool. Having a goal is a great way to stay motivated.
Now that you have a goal, start slow. As a beginner it’s important to slowly increase the lengths of your runs. You don’t want to go from 0 to 7 miles- your legs and feet will hate you for it!
Do a short 1 mile run around your neighborhood, taking breaks whenever you need them. If this feels good, next time try to do 2 miles…and keep working your way up.
Keep a nice easy pace- something that feels comfortable enough so you’re not gasping for air. We call this “conversational pace” because you should be able to keep up a conversation at this pace.
I would say the most important thing about running is your shoes: and most of the time the best running shoes aren’t as cute as your fashionable light blue trainers you wear to the gym, so prepare yourself accordingly 😉
Go to a running specialty store and ask an employee to help you find the best pair for your needs- everyone is different!
Now download the “Map My Run” app on your smart phone- it tracks your run with GPS and can give you mileage and pace updates, words of encouragement and even supply you with running routes other runners have used in your area if you’re not sure where to go!
Whenever I run solo, I listen to music. I create a playlist of upbeat fun songs that make me feel happy or like a total badass. Music makes the time fly by so you’re not THINKING about the running.
I love running with friends- its an amazing way to do something good for your body AND socialize, gossip, share stories at the same time. So if you take up running, convince a friend or two to do it with you! Getting out the door will be easier if theres a friend waiting for you.
“Runners High” is real people. And once you feel it, you’ll keep coming back for more.