I'll be sharing some of my favorite Good Hyouman pieces on our Facebook page today, so I thought I would carry the workout trend into my Friday blog post as well this week! It's almost summer, and I know a lot of people are working hard to get themselves back in shape after the winter months! I've always enjoyed running. It's been a stress reliever for me for years, and I really started getting into it in college. Today I want to share a few simple tips for those of you who just don’t enjoy running, but are trying to get into it. First of all: I applaud you! That’s not an easy thing to do. Second of all: don’t worry! I’m going to share 5 simple tips to help you enjoy running, no matter where you’re at in your fitness journey.
Tip #1 Start off Slow
This is probably my most important tip. No runner started by throwing on their shoes one day and saying "I'm gonna go for a 15 mile run today!" Sorry, but it doesn't work like that. Building endurance takes time + patience, so don't be discouraged. Walk out your front door (or get on the treadmill), and tell yourself you’re going to go 2 miles total. Give yourself the freedom to walk as much of that as you need to. Maybe it means you run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute, all the way until 2 miles. That’s still a great way to be active, and you’re still getting the miles in! Start off slow and then build from there, soon enough that 2 miles will become easier and easier! Then, you'll be able to add more distance or work on increasing your speed during workouts.
Tip #2 Get some Great Music
Make a good playlist on Spotify or find a Pandora radio station to get you pumped up for your run. I know some people who don’t prefer to run with music, and honestly, hats off to you! I couldn’t do it. My favorite genres are old school hip hop and '80s music. I'm also a huge fan of podcasts (Serial is a murder-mystery podcast I LOVE). I get so engrossed into the plot, I forget I'm running. Also, when you're listening to murder mysteries, most likely you'll be running a little faster than usual.
Tip #3 Get the Right Shoes
This is so important. I have narrow feet, so I usually buy ASICS or Brooks, depending on what deals are going on. I love them both. However, everyone's feet are different, so if you've never been fitted for running shoes, I suggest going to your local running shoppe to get fitted for the right pair. Also, be sure to get rid of your shoes once their life is up. The rule of thumb is after about 400 miles, you should be looking for some new shoes!
Tip #4 Find your Running "Spot"
Going to a public park with running trails is great because it allows you to focus solely on your running. It's so much easier to run when you don't feel self-conscious about all the people driving by or when you don't have to wait for stoplights to turn green. If you google "running trails in X city," usually a ton of posts and options will come up! This is also a great way to spice up your running because if you're running a new trail all the time, you'll never get bored. After living in Athens for about 8 months, I've already found my favorite ones, but I'm always looking for new ones to challenge me as a runner.
Tip #5 Be Consistent
I’ll be real with you guys. If you’ve never run in your life or haven’t worked out in months, your first few runs are going to suck. But, they will be worth it. The most important tip I can share to help you enjoy running, is be consistent with it. If your goal is 2 miles, try and make that happen 3 times a week. It might suck at first or hurt or you might hate it the first few week, but I promise if you are consistent with your running, it will start sucking less. It will start hurting less and you’ll find yourself breathing better and enjoying the run more. But, you can’t give up after two weeks of running! Stay consistent with it.
I hope these tips help you with your running journey! Just remember to be kind to yourself because all progress is great progress!