So many people think that they can’t run. They have never ran in their life and in fact they absolutely hate running.
Fact: Anyone can be a runner
Running is not about been able to pound the streets every night for hours at a time. Running might simply be taking both your feet off the ground at the same time once or twice a minute to begin with. You can start slowly -very slowly.
No one becomes a runner overnight and no one becomes a runner if they don’t get out there and try to run.
Why should I run? Is it not bad for my joints?
Running is a super quick way to raise the heart rate and the only equipment required is a pair of trainers. Therefore it is one of the most flexible, quick, efficient ways to exercise in any location at any time.
I agree that running creates impact and therefore for anyone that is advised to minimise impact on joints, then it maynot be the best choice. For those that have no injuries then learning to run or starting to run can actually be an awesome way to reduce joint pain. Running is great for fat loss and if you are carrying excess fat, then the hanes are that is far worse for your joints than the impact of running.
If you are a novice runner, there is no best time to start, simply everytime you walk out of your door, put your trainers on is a step in the right direction. Common programs such as the couch to 5k can be a great tool to get started and has a proven record of been manageable and achievable.
In winter in particular, it can be tough to find the motivation, so here is our four-step guide to getting started with your running training.
Start with a walk jog program
Gone are the days where we think running is all about the ability to keep going constantly. Intervals are by far the best way to start. Start slowly and keep distances manageable, stick to very short distances, of around one to two miles, and make sure you can run those distances comfortably before you increase the distance. There’s no way to hide from the fact that, if you haven’t run for a long time, running hurts for at least the first four or five times you do it. You will soon find your lung capacity increases, your legs feel stronger and you are more in control of your breathing.
Find a running partner if you can
Everything is better if you do it with other people. You can help keep each other motivated and make sure you don’t duck out of sessions. If you have a friend that is also doing the GNR, then you can pair up and build up to the big day together.
Plan your routine and stick to it – no excuses
As with most things in life, planning is the key to success. Work out a sensible, achievable schedule and stick to it. Work out what motivates you and keep those thoughts in mind – .
Buy your trainers now and stick with them
This one is more of a practical thing, but find a good pair of trainers now and stick with them. Get them from a specialist running shop who will be able to advise on what you need. Trainers need to be broken in, and a new pair may cause blisters, but blisters are a small consequence of a new found hobby that can help keep you fit for life.