Because we owned Total Warrior a few months ago, some girls at my dance school are interested running. So we’ve started a running club every second week to work on stamina and distance.
When you start running, there are a few things which can help you get into the groove a bit. Here are some things that I’ve picked up over the years. I’m by no means an expert, in fact I think I’m lucky enough to get through each day without falling over (I’ve been failing at that recently). But here is what has helped me:
- Stretch your calves: When you start running, your calves may go into shock and let you know!! Get into the habit of stretching them when you can to help them recover, but also to strengthen them for when you run.
- Be regular: it’s wayyyyy better to do a 10 minute run 3 times a week than a 30 minute run and then nothing for two weeks. Get into the habit of going out, and you’ll find it will soon feel normal.
- Start small: it’s ok to do a mix of running and walking when you first start. If you’re really new, try 1 min walk, 1 min running for a total of 20 minutes. Then each week, make the running periods longer.
- Don’t worry about everyone else! Everyone is too busy with themselves and their own agenda that no one will be looking at you run, no matter how self conscious you feel. So don’t worry, keep your head up and get out there!
- Join a running club: running with people is SO much easier than running on your own, and it makes you go when you’d rather do anything else. Find a local running club near you, and meet people who are at your ability. It’ll be a great source of support.
- Get the gear. Of course, you don’t need all the fancy clothes and accessories to go running. But some things help: headphones which stay in when you run, a pouch to hold your iphone/keys, and good shoes which will support your feet.
- Get a PLAYLIST!! I can’t stress that enough. I LOVE it when a song comes on that pumps me right up!! Currently my fave is Beyonce’s ‘Run the World’.
- Create small goals: What do you want to achieve out of this? To run 5k? To do 10k in an hour? To get fit? Work out what your goal is and remind yourself of it every time you want to put running off……
- Make a plan: Know when in your week you have left time for running. This will mean it’s less likely to get squeezed out by washing, work, kids, making dinner!
- Just go. Don’t think about it too much, or make it bigger than it is. Just try going out for a run. You may feel awkward, self conscious and stiff, but these feelings will subside as you do it more regularly. And it’s a great way to get some headspace away from the daily grind!
SB and I are off on holiday today and I can’t wait!! We’re going to Turkey, along with everyone else in the UK. SB has already told me that I need to go on any excursions by myself because we only have 6 days and he plans to spend all 6 by the pool. We’re going all-inclusive too, and I intend to get my money’s worth….
See you in a week! Happy Running!