Get Your Running Shoes On!
You’ve read our previous article on the benefits of running, and you’re thinking “I’m game, I’m gonna get into this running thing.” But, you are a bit lost when it actually comes to lacing up those running shoes and hitting the pavement/treadmill/grass… whichever medium you choose, we’ve got some tips to help you get running!
Preparation is Key
We are by no means advising you to go out and spend half your monthly salary on all new high-tech, state of the art running gear. But we’re also not suggesting you start your running journey in a pair of jeans and flip-flops. Your feet are going to be in for a hard time when running, so it’s best to give them a good home whilst pounding the pavement. There are a lot of different types of running shoes, all designed to offer you, the runner, the best support whilst running. The advice on picking the correct shoe for you is endless. We suggest three main things to do before purchasing a running shoe.
Decide what type of running you see yourself doing.
Research shoes, and find your perfect fit. Many websites have features that help you pick the right shoe by filling in your criteria.
Physically try on the shoe before purchasing and get as good a feel for it as possible.
Set A Goal
Now that you’ve got the proper running shoes, it’s time to get moving. The best way to motivate yourself is to set yourself a goal. This can be along the lines of having a target you want to meet by a certain time, perhaps a weight loss goal you wish to undertake, or maybe sign up for that race/marathon you’ve always wanted to have a go at. We’re more likely to stick to something when we’re working towards achieving something from it.
The last thing we want is any injuries. If you’re a beginner, or someone who is getting back into running, it’s important to pace yourself. A great means of doing this is to devise a Running Plan. It really doesn’t require as much effort as the title suggests. We can gain a lot of benefits from running for just 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week. However, you don’t want to throw yourself in at the deep end. Try starting with 15-20 minute runs, 3 days a week for the first week or two. As your confidence, ability and endurance grow, start to increase the time and frequency of your runs. It will be intense, and you might find it difficult. We suggest keeping focused on your goal, pushing yourself to achieve what you set out to do.
The Run Walk Run Method
Olympian, Jeff Galloway came up with the run walk run method. The idea of this method is take breaks during running to walk. While you may think you walk when you’re tired, it’s quite the opposite. You walk when you feel you have the most energy, it’s a great form of interval training as well as allowing your body to recover quicker.
Find Your Fit
We’re not talking about shoes here, we’re talking location. Finding a location that fits you is key. Maybe you need to go “around the block” to avoid repetitive scenery, perhaps you’re local beach or park will make running easier with it’s familiar terrain, or you could avoid the outdoors altogether and decide a treadmill is for you. Whichever you choose, by incorporating our tips above you’ll get the most out of your run.