Monday, 2 March 2015

Running For Beginners

Running tips for beginners run exercise advice

A hobby that I've picked up in the past few weeks is running. I've never really been any good at running and always avoid the treadmill at the gym so this has been a fun challenge for me as I'm literally starting from the bottom with no experience, no knowledge and definitely no skills in running and developing slowly (very slowly) but surely. My first thoughts for running emerged when my car failed its MOT seriously badly and had to go back to London to my dad who is working on the repairs for me. With my car out of action its been impossible for me to get to the gym and I wanted to do something active while I waited for it to get back to me. I started doing yoga stretches at home to pass the time and stumbled across yoga for runners, so I thought why not give running a go. I'm still an absolute novice as I've only been doing it for a few weeks, but here is some bits of advice that I've read and used and also some tips that I've learnt myself whilst running.

-Hydrate-

I know I always go on about drinking enough water so I'll keep this point short and sweet! Adding running into your routine is no different to every day, in fact you'll need to drink more! When you run or do any sort of exercise your body is losing water so be conscious of the fact that you'll need to replenish your water levels more often.

-Get The Correct Footwear-

Invest in a decent pair of running shoes to keep yourself comfortable and to avoid injury while you run. You don't have to spend a bomb on them (mine were around £60) and in the long run it will be beneficial as you'll be able to run correctly and without putting yourself at risk. Your feet are the foundation of your body so its really important to be treating them right during any sport, but a good pair of running shoes can also help look after your knees, hips and back.

-Don't Forget To Stretch-

I go through phases of being really consistent with stretching and then not bothering to do it for days! It's really important to do to relax your muscles and reduce soreness the next day, which is always a good thing. Doing stretches and yoga poses can also help improve your running form and flexibility which will keep your joints and muscles strong and there are plenty of pointers on Pinterest of the types of stretches you should be doing to improve your running.

-Interval Running-

One of the main learning curves for me in my short time running is that interval running is the route to go down if you've never ran before. When I first started I was trying to just run straight and found that really difficult and I never felt like I was improving. After reading a few advice posts I decided to try interval running which is a certain amount of minutes walking, followed by running and then repeat. You can start with a small running time then gradually over time increase it as you build your strength and stamina. I've also read that interval running burns more calories and also speeds up your metabolism, in addition to those things I hope it will ease me into longer distances as I continue running.

-Don't Clench-

When you're running it's easy to clench your jaw, fists, shoulders and toes but avoid it if you can. Clenching will waste your energy and can increase your risk of injury, especially to your feet and back. Relax your body to ensure that all your energy is focused in the right places and that your body can move without causing tension in the wrong ones.

-Keep Going-

It's super easy to want to give up something, especially when you're starting and you aren't too great at it, but the only way to improve is to push yourself. If you stop after you make progress, that progress will be lost, the only way to keep your stamina high is to stay consistent. When you first take up a hobby I find it easier to start small so you don't put a lot of pressure on yourself and so the enjoyment is still there, and then once your enthusiasm grows you'll naturally want to do it more and more. 

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  1. Great tips, I need to start running, interval running deffo looks like the best place to start!

    Sophie x

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  2. This post has come at a fab time for me, I literally started running last week! I've been doing interval running to help build it up (otherwise I definitely would have quit straight away) and I've been so surprised how quickly your stamina builds up, the first day I was nearly dying but by the third day I was fine! These are some really great tips, I will definitely take them into consideration when I go for my run today! I need to stop clenching, you're so right I'm just wasting energy so I will focus on that!

    Sian xo
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    1. Aw yay! I know it makes it so much better I think, you can really notice the progress xx

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  3. Some great tips. I keep attempting to do the couch 2 5km program which is interval running to build you up to a 5km run. But I keep starting in the cold rainy season so I'm going to try again in a month or so.

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  4. I really enjoyed reading through this post. I go to the gym as often as I can (which isn't that much at the moment) and I avoid running on the treadmill too! I have wanted to start running for a while but I have tried and I was never any good as my stamina levels were rubbish, I think your advice is great and I really want to try out running again now!
    Great post x
    Sian aroundthedaisy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Give it another go, it's taken me a few tries to actually get into it as a hobby xx

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  5. Great tips! I really do want to try and start taking up running as the weather (hopefully) starts to pick up a little bit, the interval running technique sounds really helpful. I'll definitely try giving that a go when I start out, hopefully as soon as possible! x

    Toni
    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Nows the perfect time as we start coming into Spring xx

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  6. Great tips! I tried to start running, but then winter happened and I had to change, but now that it's getting warmer I'll pick it up again!
    I agree about the run intervals, I never thought about it, but after finding my right pace I can see the difference. I'm increasing based on this challenge and it's working like a charm: click here! Printable run challenge.
    I still have to learn not to clench, for some reasons it seems I can't relax!

    Eithne on the Moon | Lifestyle, books and travels!

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    1. Haha, I don't blame you! Luckily the weather is starting to brighten up now :) xx

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  7. i really want to start running but i would literally look like an idiot haha!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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    1. Haha it's so hard not to be self conscious at first but you've just got to think about the benefits. I try to avoid main roads xxx

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  8. I got into running quite a bit last year but stopped as the summer came to an end. I definitely want to start again soon and might even commit to a Half Marathon again towards the end of the year as a target. Enjoy x

    Emma | Harmonyblaze.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That would be amazing! I'd love to do one one day, maybe in a few years xxx

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  9. These are some really great tips!! Thanks for sharing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
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  10. These are great tips! I couldn't go running but I've started exercising indoors but I always forget to stretch! So must remember that x

    Josie’s Journal

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  11. Although I do regular exercise I just can't get into running! I think Park Runs are great for beginners - they are weekly 5k runs held all over the country….
    Carrie | What I Love Today x

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    1. I've never heard of that I'd love to check it out! Xx

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  12. I wish I could get into running! I've tried it outside and on treadmills and it's just not for me :( I'm trying out yoga soon - fingers crossed that goes better! x

    Rach xo || justrach.com

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    1. I'm awful on the treadmill haha! I'd love to try actual yoga classes, I've only ever done it at home! Xx

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    2. Keep it up.I'd stretching is the most important thing as it prevents injury. These are all just good tips.

      Chloe XX | www.asliceoftruths.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Good luck with this. I am not a runner but I started a couple of years ago on the treadmill and was getting slightly better. I don't go there anymore though, so any stamina has gone and I am back to square one. I don't mind so much, except when running for the bus!

    Amy at Amy & More

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