Of all the workouts, I think that running is probably the easiest to actually start doing.
I think it’s fairly safe to say we all know how to run, we are all capable of doing it and it doesn’t require any special membership. (Unless you want to join Lisa’s Awesome Cool Peeps Running Club – for just a small fee of $500! You get a free T-shirt!)
But, in saying that, I think it’s also probably one of the scariest things to do – if you’ve never done it before – excluding that terrified little sprint you do when crossing a busy road, or when there’s only one jar of nacho sauce left on the shelf.
It’s pretty scary because generally you have to go out in public to do it. And there’s people out there – people that may see you huffing, puffing, sweaty and dishevelled. Dear lord, what if you see someone you actually know?!
I think it also scares people because it’s actually really quite hard. Hell, it scares me because it’s hard!
But if it was easy then everyone would be doing it and you wouldn’t feel as cool saying ‘yeah, I’m a runner – what of it?’.
If you’re still frightened then check out my post 11 reasons you’re scared to exercise and what to do about it.
If you’ve got your brave girl knickers on then read on for some tips on how to start running.
❤ Find a good place to run. You can always just run from your house and around the streets, which is super convenient, but personally I am not a fan of running around residential areas solely because I’m scared of dogs.
I know that sounds a bit silly but I hate it when they jump out and start barking. Scares the shit out of me!
Anyway, if you know your town then you’ve probably seen people out running in certain places. If you don’t then google it or, even better, download the Strava app and have a look at the map of run routes near you.
I always go for a drive to check the area out first so I know what to expect.
❤ Get the right gear. You don’t need to spend hundreds on getting all the flashy outfits, but two things that you definitely need to drop some stacks on are: super supportive shoes and a freakin’ supportive sports bra.
This is probably commonsense, but running is really, really tough on your joints and if your shoes aren’t right for you then you will get injuries and then you won’t be able to do anything. Take it from me, the injury queen.
Also, running is really, really tough on your jingle bobs so you just gotta hold them in place with a decent sports bra. In fact, in my half marathon I wore two at the same time. Not uncommon for women who are generously endowed.
Some other gear that I would recommend if you’re feeling particularly flush with cash: compression tights, decent headphones, sunglasses and maybe even a GPS watch.
❤ Just do it. Just go outside and start running. Who gives a crap if you can’t even run for 30 seconds? Seriously? I don’t. Old mate walking his dog doesn’t. Super marathon runner man doesn’t. Yummy mummy pushing her baby pram doesn’t. So, just decide not to care.
Run for 30 seconds, then walk for 30, and repeat. Just keep trying until you get better.
One of my favourite tricks is to look ahead and pick a landmark, like a tree or a signpost, and tell myself ‘I’m just going to run to that spot’. When I get there I pick another spot further ahead and do the same.
Whenever someone asks me for running tips – and trust me, I’m certainly no pro – I always, always suggest the Couch to 5k app. It’s honestly awesome.
It’s a program that goes for nine weeks and slowly builds up the length of time you run until you can finally run the 5km distance. It plays in behind your music and tells you when to run and when you can walk, and gives you little encouraging boosts in your ear. Download it, do it.
❤ Keep doing it. Yep, simple as that. If you can do it once then you can do it again. And again and again and again.
I’d recommend three times a week at most, and don’t forget to stretch afterwards.
If you’re trying to lose weight then don’t forget you need to lift weights, too! But running is the best thing ever to build your cardio fitness.
Now you have everything you need, except your membership to Lisa’s Awesome Cool Peeps Running Club, of course.
What do you think the hardest thing about running is? Let me know in the comments below.