There is so much I could say about starting to run. There’s so many ways you can learn to run. Millions of training plans. I can’t cover it all and what works for me may not work for you but I thought I’d share with you how I started running again.
Couch to 5k
You’ve probably heard the term #c25k maybe. For a few years now the couch to 5km programs have increased in popularity. I begun one last January. I’d won a running buggy on eBay and wanted to get back into running. It’s really easy to follow because it slowly increases the amount you run. And decreases the walking. By the end you can run 5km.
You can find the plans written down but I preferred to use an app on my iPhone as it meant I didn’t have to remember what I was doing. The apps are usually free. There’s even an NHS one.
I didn’t complete the whole program myself because I was also doing a beginners running club with my local children’s centre. The centre manager was a good runner but would run with the slowest. One week she was running with me and every time I wanted to stop and walk she pushed me on and made me run. And suddenly I realised I could run a whole 3km myself. If was a bit of a realisation and from there I haven’t stopped.
Set a goal
Ok so maybe don’t set your sights on a marathon straight away but something that has always helped me is to have a goal in sight. A great beginners 5km are the race for life runs. There are loads up and down the country and totally beginner friendly. If you need to walk a little you won’t be alone. There’s also a organization called parkrun which are run in parks around the country and organised by volunteers. They are free to attend and you register online and get your time text to you later that day.
Then once you did a 5km you can do a 10km 😉
Breathing can be hard work
A lot of people feel they can’t run because they struggle to breath. I remember my early days coming home wheezing practically. But il tell you something. Even for more experienced runners the first mile is hard work breathing wise. It takes your body a while to adapt. I’d it wasn’t hard though it wouldn’t be working would it? You get used to it and you reach a stage where you can run hard and still breathe relatively easy.
Well fitted trainers
People often complain of aches and pains after running. That’s fairly standard. Your working your muscles and putting a great deal of impact through your joints so if you’ve not exercised for a while then it’s going to be a bit sore. But one thing that usually helps some aches and pains is well fitting trainers. A good pair are an investment. You’re looking at about £100 average for a good pair. Although you may get some in the sales. But knowing you invested will encourage you to use them right?!
A good running shop will look at how you run, if you over or under pronate or if your feet are neutral and will find you a trainer that suits your feet.
Most of all though try to enjoy it. There are so many benefits to running. As mentioned in yesterday’s posts. But most of all your being healthy and taking control of your fitness.