The Olympics are amazing. They never fail to inspire and bring the feel good factor to most of us. Watching athletes compete to their very best, seeing all their hard work pay off, it is very hard to not be inspired. I think inspiration, is not just about wanting to emulate them, but seeing how healthy and fit they are inspires me to want to be the best person that I can be.
So, if you are finding yourself wanting to take up running, here are 10 things that I think every newbie should know:
- Very few people can go out for their first run and continuously run for 10 minutes plus. Most people will run for a significantly shorter time, which then makes them feel it was useless and give up. The Couch to 5K (C25K) programme seems to be helping many people into running, as it actually encourages you to take walking breaks; something that some people, especially beginners, think is cheating! It’s NOT at all, it’s just allowing you to build up gradually.
- As well as training your body, you need to train your mind too. So many times, my mind tells me I don’t want to run, I don’t want to get up early, I’m too tired to go out running. This is where you have to learn some mind games. Think about how amazing you feel after, tell yourself you’ll just go for a walk, it’s only going to be a short one, as soon as you are out of the house, you rarely regret it.
- When you are out running, no-one is really looking at you, and if they are, it is usually because they are admiring your effort or they are wishing they were you.
- You do not need lots of flashy gear to run! Yes, there is a lot you CAN buy (read here), but why would you spend money on things until you know you are going to keep doing it. New trainers, running clothes, watches etc can all be purchased once you are hooked!
- Find friends to run with, or a club. The running community is such a supportive group and running with people is always 100% more enjoyable. The best thing I ever did running wise, was join a club, read here.
- Running is amazing and you will find that you make improvements quickly. If you take the time to reflect on your running journey you will be amazed how much you improve in a relatively short amount of time. Importantly, it is also key, to remember that it is YOUR journey, so you don’t need to compare yourself to others, if they progress quicker, good for them.
- It is never easy! There are days when you feel like you can run forever, but then there are days when I start my run and I feel like I am going to struggle to make it pass mile 1. I love it when training plans say ‘easy run’ yeah right!
- When you have a bad run, this doesn’t make you a bad runner. Sometimes it might have nothing to do with your running. Look at the bigger picture; Are you hydrated? Are you tired? Have you fuelled well?
- Not everyone looks like Paula Radcliffe after they take up running (I wish). I know many people have used running to help them on their weight loss journey, but running doesn’t do it on its own. I remember being so excited to start my first marathon training cycle. I thought I was going to be SO slim! I think I actually put weight on! BUT, it does make you appreciate how awesome your body is.
- You WILL get hooked. Enjoy the journey 🙂
If you are starting your running journey, good luck, please let me know below. If you have been running for a while, and you have other tips to add to those above, please feel free to share below.