5 Things You Need To Know Before Your First Run26 April 2021
Fancy yourself a runner but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here’s 5 tips that helped us become Strava fanatics.
Tired? It’s Okay To Walk
A lot of over enthusiastic runners make the mistake of pushing themselves too far on their first few runs. It’s best to take things steady and build your confidence before trying to reach any crazy milestones. And if you’re struggling, slow it down to a walk instead. Walking doesn’t make you a failure. The running and walking method is actually a common practice in the running community, known as ‘Jeffing’. The idea behind Jeffing is that taking regular breaks will help improve your pace, increase the chances of you crossing the finishing line, and complete your run without injury or exhaustion.
Though you might think you look silly and red in the face and that everybody absolutely MUST be staring at you, they’re not. Granted, there’s always going to be someone on the planet who might pass judgement, but most ordinary people are just simply getting on with their day and won’t think twice about you running past them. If anything, they’ll probably admire the fact that you’re on a run and making a commitment to your health.
You’ll Need A Decent Pair Of Trainers
They don’t have to be anything flash or expensive, but your old, battered Nike Air Force One’s definitely won’t do either. Find a nice pair of actual running shoes to cushion your feet for when you decide to ditch the treadmill for the pavement. And if after a couple of months you really see yourself as a full-time runner, visit a running shop to have your gait analysed and purchase the right pair of trainers that will help you go the distance.
Use An App To Track Your Progress
You probably found your friends’ constant Strava updates annoying a few months ago, but once you get into running, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. Seeing your pace improve and watching those little bronze, silver, and gold medals appear on your runs is not only satisfying, but fills you with pride. Strava isn’t the only running app out there though. There’s Couch To 5K, which eases complete beginners into running a 5K in 12 weeks. Nike Run Club is a great option too, offering virtual races and training plans to get you race ready.
Reading Running Books Will Spur You On
Reading other people’s journey to becoming a runner is so inspiring when you’re experiencing a dip in motivation. You’ll learn that even regular marathon runners struggle to lace up their trainers and feel like giving up sometimes, but it’s all part of the process. Some of the best we’ve read are Jog On by Bella Mackie, Run Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley, and Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. If reading isn’t your thing, you could always download the audiobook version to listen to whilst you’re running or try a fitness podcast instead.
Fuel Your Runs With Prep Perfect But what about nutrition? Once you start running, you’ll probably find that you feel hungrier throughout the day because you’re burning more energy than usual. Our healthy meal prep plans are packed with protein to fuel your runs and keep you satisfied.