6 tips for using your Can Do attitude to start running
Once you’ve unleashed the untapped energy within yourself from discovering your ‘Can Eat Attitude’, you’re likely to want to start flexing that energy and testing its potential. If climbing a mountain sounds like a step too far – why not start running?
If you’ve always found it difficult to find a “fitness routine” that works for you or that you could stick to, working running into your everyday routine could work wonders: a quick lunchtime run could be exactly the breather you need from your desk! It could be even easier for you if you enlist a colleague or two; perhaps you may even find a secret running coach amongst your team… If that’s not an option for you, there are great plans available online to get you started. As added inspiration, consider signing yourself up to a charity fun run: it’ll give you focus on put that little bit of pressure on you to really commit to making your new activity a positive habit.
It’s really easy to get started and is probably the lowest cost in terms of what you need. We get that buying running gear when you’re new to running can feel a bit overwhelming, we’re been there, so we’ve built that in to our top tips below.
Tip 1 – buy gear for the purpose
Sounds like common sense. But how many times have you bought a pair of trainers thinking you might use them at the gym occasionally but really you end up walking everywhere in them? Those lovely bright coloured ones mentioned above, those were an “I MAY run at some point…but really I’ll just walk everywhere in them instead” pair of shoes. Apparently, this counts towards their mileage, meaning they wear out quicker and the way you move is different when walking so your shoes sort of mould to that.
Tip 2 – find a reputable store with a real person to help you choose your gear
You may feel a little intimidated, as these are supposedly places for “proper runners” but a proper running shop is the best place for you to get sound advice on the gear you need – they can also assess your running style to help you to avoid future injuries. Once you’re a bit further down the line you can buy your gear online if that’s what you prefer. Do speak to an expert in your early days before parting with any of your hard earned cash; you could find yourself running around in the wrong size pair of shoes otherwise.
Tip 3 – treat your gear well
Kicking shoes off with the laces done up and stomping your feet into them to put them on again is not a good idea. The support offered by the heel of the shoe is damaged by this and it will not continue to hug your heels as intended. Apply this same logic to all of your gear.
Tip 4 – pay attention to the feedback your body gives you
Especially when new to running, it can be easy to get…swept up in the momentum of conquering a physical challenge. This pushing yourself on thing is ok up to the point where you start ignoring cues from your body.
It’s tempting to try and push through a couple of runs but you’ll have to properly rest in order to heal. It can be frustrating and you may feel impatient with resting: avoid trying to reintroduce running again if you’re still aching – you could end up not being able to run for even longer!
Tip 5 – replace your gear if it’s not working for you
Even if it’s, say, in the pre-Christmas period, when no one wants to admit to spending any amount of money on themselves. Replace gear if it’s causing you problems – don’t go on using it until the “right time” comes up, because that time probably won’t come up until you injure yourself.
New gear may help you to recover/reverse an injury: providing proper support/cushioning and could reduce the time you have to wait to go back to training.
Tip 6 – ease into it
There’s getting more active, and there’s trying to do All. Of. The. Things at once. If you’re going couch to 5k, probably don’t add into the mix things like: walk commuting to work when you previously drove, running a couple of times a week, horse riding/cycling/etc. on the weekend, and/or getting involved in DIY projects.
If you do this, it’s more likely you’ll injure yourself by overloading and it’ll be harder to pinpoint if it was a specific activity or movement that caused it.
Are you considering starting running? What’s holding you back?