Part 1 of my beginners guide! Just something for new runners out there who need a little push or FAQ
1. Just do it*. Don’t wait until tomorrow or next week, or next month. Do it today. You can run to the end of the block, run with your dog until he goes to the bathroom, and run to the grocery store! Start today and stop making excuses! forget about the gimmicky gear, when you’re just starting out, all that shopping for fancy gear is just a hidden way of procrastinating. Just get your booty out there and hit the road and worry about buying gear later.
2. Don’t start out too fast. This is a common mistake that new runners make. You may be ready to pound the pavement with the best of them, but enthusiasm and skill don’t always match up — which can lead to discouragement and injuries that can set you back. You start out too fast, then feel exhausted, out of breath, and defeated. We don’t want that, so start slow. Slower than you think you need to. If, after a while, you feel like you can pick up the pace, then great, go for it. But, for now, pace yourself, you are in it for the long haul. So take your sweet time!
3. Get fitted for some good running shoes. Find a running store and get fitted. Take the time to get the right pair. It will save you blisters and injuries in the long run. When my pair didn’t fit right, my feet were uncomfortable every run I went on and after three weeks, I got fed up and went to get properly fitted and I feel like I’m running on a cloud now! A good pair of running shoes can be pricey but they are so worth it (don’t forget to check the sale section).
4. Try not to get frustrated. Even the most seasoned runners have a bad run. If one day you have a terrible run, don’t give up, it happens to everyone! Even the elite! (ie. The double Olympic champion, Mo Farah, fell awkwardly around the six-mile mark in the 2014 NYC Half-Marathon but carried on and finished second in 61mins 8secs. He FELL and had to be taken away in a wheelchair but he didn’t give up did he? No!)
5. Don’t compare yourself to others. In the time it takes me to run 10k, my friend can run 15k. But comparing myself to him won’t make me better but it will remind me to work harder because at the end of the day, the distance is what I’m up against, not my friend who runs faster than me.
7. Find what motivates you. If you have a reason to run, it’ll make it more enjoyable.
8. Don’t forget to stretch. Stretching is super important when you run as it helps to keep you injury-free. Just as important as stretching is rolling – find out why here.
9. Relax! When you finish a run, whether good or bad, relax! You did it, you’re done!
* check with your doctor first if you’re concerned though.
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