With the London Marathon set to take place later this month it seems that we are surrounded by running addicts. We can’t leave our front door without seeing joggers whizzing by or even check Facebook without being inundated by posts about how many miles our pals have racked up this week.
So we’ve decided if you can’t beat ‘em, why not join ‘em and have decided to take up running ourselves. Look out Jess Ennis!
If like us, you fancy pounding the pavement for a spot of exercise, here are some tips to get you started.
Get the perfect trainers
What’s not to love about a hobby which starts with you getting new shoes? Before you start running you need to make sure you have some trainers which are up to the job.
Our pick are these Nike Roshe Run Mango Sunset numbers, which are ultra light and have a soft cushioning and EVA foam midsole to provide minimal impact. Plus they look great.
Set a goal
The next step is to set yourself some running goals. Do you want to be able to do 10k eventually? Or maybe even a half marathon? Or do you just want to get a bit of exercise? The reality is that it’s easy to put running on the backburner if there’s a bit of rain or your favourite film is on the TV, so it’s important to work towards something, whether that’s just running for a certain length of time without a break or entering an official race.
Build up gradually
If you are new to running, don’t burn yourself out in the first week. Build up your distances and speed gradually, starting out with a couple of short runs a week and running faster and for longer each time you go out. Listen to your body, if you’ve pushed yourself too hard in one session, have a few rest days or treat yourself to a massage to soothe your aching muscles.
Make it fun
Running is a great way to get fit, but it should also be fun. Let’s face it, if you don’t enjoy it you’re going to find it pretty tough to motivate yourself some days. Find a way to make running fun for you, whether it’s creating the perfect playlist to listen to as you run, running with a buddy or simply choosing a beautiful spot for your evening run rather than just jogging twice around the block.
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