How To Run

Detailed view of a sprinter in the starting blocksA lot of my friends and family have begun to think I’m slightly mad for doing the London Marathon and when I ask if anyone fancies joining me for a jog I often receive “I can’t run” as a response. Running is easy. You don’t have to complete it in a certain time and you can go at your own speed.

In fact I think it’s the easiest hobby I’ve ever had and I have had a few… I’ve attempted to learn French (I still can’t speak a word of it); I attempted to learn how to knit (and lost my patience with this very quickly), and I went through a dance class phase (but it’s always too difficult to fit into the timetable of the classes). But there is never an excuse not to run. It fits in with your own needs.

So how do you first get into running? Start walking. If you can power walk for 10 minutes you can go for a 15 minute run.  (Disclaimer: make sure you check with your doctor first.)

It’s all about getting into it gradually. Warm up before you start running with a gentle 10 minute walk and then, when you feel ready, start to slowly jog.

The best way to begin is to walk for 1 minute and then run for 1 minute and do this for 10 minutes, three times a week.

When you feel more comfortable with this increase your running time by running for 3 minutes and walking for 1 minute and do this for 20 minutes, three times a week.

You’ll begin to notice a real difference after doing this for just two weeks. Now try to challenge yourself by running solidly for 10 minutes three times a walk. If you can do this for 3 weeks happily then you’re over the hardest part. Trust me – this is exactly how I built up my stamina.

Each week try to increase your running time by five minutes, until you get to a good distance. This may take time and some weeks you’ll do better than others. There are times when I just can’t be bothered to run and other times when I feel like I could run forever. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a bad one and good run is just around the corner. Soon you’ll be ready to run your first 5K!

Key things to remember if you are going to run: get the right running shoes for your foot type, pay attention to your breathing as proper breathing will help you avoid annoying side stitches and drink plenty of water to rehydrate.

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