Guest post by Emily Brathen
You all must have seen them on TV or in person: all perspiring with their dangling bottles of water yet overjoyed with fulfillment as they just finished a 5k run or those who are simply clad in their best running shoes heading to their respective terrain, determined to finish their goal for the day. But as you try to watch them, you still ask yourself: when do I ever begin my own?
You’re not alone. In fact, I have just begun my own just a month ago and let me tell you that the way it started was not exactly easy. As it goes for all rookies, you go through a phase of initial hesitation, uncertainty, and physical hurdles. If you’re still reeling in this stage but want to get out of it, now is the time! This post is specially dedicated to you, to assist you out of that zone that you’re currently in.
I’ve compiled a list of tried and tested ways to get you started in running. By the end of this discussion, I hope that you’ll no longer be walking on eggshells. Here they are:
#1 Start in short intervals
You don’t have to go slave yourself in one go with your first running training. As a beginner, you can break down your running into short intervals. During these intervals, you can walk until you collect yourself again. As soon as you feel like going for an extra mile, that’s usually the sign that you can start training for longer.
#2 Don’t rush
Understandably, beginners often rush themselves during the early course of their exercise due to overexcitement or if you will, lack of preparation. If one ends speeding things up, runners would often get frustrated, overexerted, pained, or even injure themselves in the process. Take your time, run at a moderate pace, and maintain it until you get to advance yourself to the next level. It is revealed that when you allow your body to gradually get the hang of running at a moderate pace, you’re expected to perform better at each next level.
#3 Recover, recover!
When you get that to boost of your endorphins after your first run, you’re likely going to want to go another round the next day. While that all sounds great, it’s been suggested that you need to rest on the next day to allow your body to recuperate from your first session. The body is required to adapt to new and specific demands right on its cardiovascular system. Once it is supplied with the right amount of energy, your muscles and bones are all prepared for the next round.
#4 Try To Run As Naturally As You Can
As beginners, you’re not required to run strictly with the proper technique. Be as natural as you can as being too stringent to yourself might make the entire experience a bit of a downer. Run with short and easy steps as opposed to forcing yourself with long and exaggerated strides.
#5 The Terrain You’re Treading On Is Important Too
When I was just like you, I often thought that the surfaces that I used to run on were just, well, surfaces. It turned out that they were more than that. Each surface or terrain has its own purpose that is relative to running.
Ideally, running on pavement is suggested if you like it the faster way. However, one must not run on it for an extended period as it could injure your joints. Meanwhile, a forest or park floor is recommended if you need extra cushioning; the only drawback in this is that it is risky due to the surrounding rocks and bumps. Now for an even better cushioning, you can opt to run on a treadmill.
On the other hand, if you want to improve your muscles and treat your feet with a little lifting, a sandy terrain should address this need. And as it goes on all these surfaces, make certain that the shoes you’re wearing are comfortable and have the right fit and purpose.
Although running is free and accessible, reaping its truest benefits require some planning and decision making, which must be considered not only by the seasoned runners but more importantly, by the beginners as well. As you’ve now been exposed to these crucial tips, I do hope that your journey to fitness will become more fruitful than you’ve imagined.
Did you like this post? If you have anything to share or ask, please feel free to sound them off in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you soon! Until then, run safe!
Emily is founder of BodyShape101.com, a blog where she and her associates talk about exercise, fitness, and yoga. Their aim is to help people like you to achieve the perfect body for you. BodyShape101 is concentrated on exercise & fitness tips and making the most out of it. She is also a mother of one and she tries to find balance between her passion and her biggest joy in life.