Although running may seem simple, it definitely isn’t easy. Especially if you are a beginner. So, whilst preparing to start a running routine may sound silly, by learning a few basics about the sport, you can increase your enjoyment and make your training more effective. It is important to start where you are rather than where you think you should be. If you go further or faster than your body is ready for, then you will get injured as your body is unable to adapt that quickly. So, are you ready?
Invest in Shoes and Gear
Wearing a pair of running shoes that fit comfortably and are the right type of shoes for your foot and running style is crucial. Therefore, your first stop on this marathon is to a speciality running store to get fitted for the best shoes for you. While you are there, check out the running shorts, tops or tights and see what works for you.
Take measured steps to keep your body safe and free from injury. First, do a warmup before you actually start running. Either walk or do an easy jog for 5 to 10 minutes, before increasing your intensity. You might also like to add warmup exercises such as stretches or running drills.
Use the Run/Walk Method
It is a good idea to start your running program by combining your runs with intervals of walking. For many new runners, this is the easiest way to build endurance with less stress on the joints and a manageable intensity level. Simply start with one minute of running and one minute of walking, and then try to increase the running intervals. As you become more comfortable, make the switch to all running.
Make it Manageable
It is no secret that your running workouts might be challenging in the beginning, but they shouldn’t be so hard that you are sore and never want to run again. During your run, keep a comfortable, conversational pace. If you find yourself unable to speak in full sentences, then you need to slow down. After each run, cool down by doing some easy jogging, walking and stretching to avoid tight muscles.
Ensure Good Posture
Keep your posture upright. Your head should be lifted, your back should feel long and tall, and shoulders level but relaxed. Maintain a neutral pelvis and make sure you are not leaning forward or back at your waist.
Get a Buddy
If you can, start running with someone who you live with or a friend who too wants to boost their overall health and wellbeing. Not only will this keep you accountable, but it makes the activity a whole lot more fun!
You lose water through sweat, so you need to drink before, during and after your runs. When running, you need to ensure you pay attention to your thirst level and drink when you feel thirsty.
So, there you have it, tips for new runners to start running! Just in case you need a little extra help, here is an excellent video we recommend adding to your watchlist.