Now is the perfect time to get started with the journey that is running.
Running is a great activity to start, not just because of the health benefits but also, it’s a great way to accomplish goals and make new friends along the way.
It may seem like a very simple to start, but there are a few things to tick off your checklist to help make sure that you get things started swimmingly...or running in this case.
Visit the doctor
Before taking up any form of exercise, it’s best to get check out by your local physician or doctor so you can get the green light and are signed off to begin.
If you are unsure about running or exercise and if it’s best for you, simply ask them.
It’s simple to pick up a very cheap pair of trainers and then go running but this can be bad for you.
Not having the correct footwear can lead to injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis, but these can be avoided. Going to your local running store is the best way to know what shoe is best for you.
Pick your distance
Once you have your shoes ready, it’s now time to pick a distance you want to run for. This is a great way to commit to running, chase the goal while focusing on training. Don’t forget to take it easy, especially if you are a newcomer. Going too fast or too far too soon can result in aches and injuries.
Try a lower distance to begin with, just to get a feel for it, and then, once you’ve ticked it from your list, then you can work your way up.
Going out and running is simple but there needs to be a little bit of structure. Finding a running plan is very simple to do, from walk and running, to flat out running, there is one that can suit your ability.
Have a look online for one that suits you. There are a number of popular programs, such as Couch 2 5k, which aim at getting you off your butt and exercising, even if you’re a couch potato!
With any challenge, motivation can waiver from time-to-time and there may be days where you simply don’t have the energy or you feel you can’t do it. This is totally natural and happens to everyone.
First thing is not to panic, you’re not the only one. Second tip is to enter a paid event or enter a charity run. This is a great motivation tool as you’re more likely to train for a race you’ve paid for or if you have a set target to raise money, this should keep you going!
Keep it clean
Eventually, your running shoes will take a battering, more so in the wetter conditions, with the amount of miles and terrain that you take on, so it’s important that you clean your trainers every now and then, depending on how dirty they are, of course.
If they are muddy and wet, the best option is to grab some kitchen paper or a newspaper, scrunch it into paper balls and feed them into the shoe - this will absorb moisture - and let them to dry out naturally. A shoe takes about 12 hours to dry out completely.
Once that’s done, give them a quick bash together, outside, to remove the hardened dirt, then to remove the rest of the mud, use sneaker wipes (they do exist!) around the areas which are bad and you’re good to go!
It’s going to be tough at times, you may question yourself on why you’re running but in the end, you’re going to enjoy it.
All those miles you’ve run, money raised, personal goals achieved is the perfect blend to mix with the earn endorphin kick!
All that’s left to do is...enter another race, right? Oh, and don’t forget to carry a small pack of biodegradable wipes just in case nature calls during one of your runs!