Run With Us is a series I started to coincide with the launch of #WinterRunClub back in October 2016. We’re just about to wrap up our training for the London Winter Run (which was on Sunday 5th February 2017) but running is still very much going to be a focus moving forward!
The aim of the posts are to inspire you to keep pounding the pavements throughout the colder weather, to share knowledge with you and of course, to inspire you to Run With Us!
I’d done a bit of running in my day, mainly in the early ‘90s when my daughters were small, as a means to regain my fitness. More recently swimming had become my “go to” cardio. You can read more about all that here. I then bought a dog and began taking him on two good walks a day. At this time my eldest daughter had returned from University carrying much more weight than she’d gone with and she decided to take up running to rectify this. A good first step is to set a goal.
Armed with her Couch 2 5k app she began to accompany me on the dog walks and I soon found I was learning to run again too! (Team up with a friend) These apps are brilliant for advice and motivation along with the progressive increase in time, distance and pace. Don’t worry about the time it takes you to run any distance but keep increasing the distance, the rest will follow. These days’ things like Parkrun offer a regular, free, timed run for you to measure your improvement should you wish to and joining a running club might be a great way for you to improve.
You can start to run with nothing more than a pair of trainers, and, at least initially, I wouldn’t be concerned about their price tag or quality. This refinement can come as mileage and continued enthusiasm kick in!
Be sure to warm up, take rest days, stretch and mix in some strength training. This rounded approach will improve your running and help to keep you injury free. A regular massage is a great way to lessen muscle tension and improve range of motion.
My daughter progressed and has completed 5 half marathons and raised over £2,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society after she got a ballot place and ran the 2014 London Marathon on her 25th birthday. Oh and having done all the training with her for her first half marathon I did it too in 2 hours 4 minutes – not bad for a 50 something with dodgy knees!
Here are my 5 tips to get your running career started;
- Set a goal
- Use C25k – lots of apps available here is the link to the NHS one
- Team up with a friend/join a club
- Listen to your body – warm up, rest, stretch, do some strength training (particularly glut work)
- Have fun!
How did you get started on your running journey?! Any other tips to share?!