Have you decided that 2017 is the year get fit, lose weight or start a new sport? Maybe you’re thinking of starting running but you don’t know where to start? Running is a brilliant way to get fit, stay fit, feel great, have tonnes more energy and even make friends. I’ve been running now for over 12 years, and I love it. If you’re wondering how to start, here’s my guide on how to start running.
1. Getting kitted
Get your feet sorted
Running is a cheap and easy sport.
But before you start kicking out the miles the one thing you should do is get fitted for a really good pair of trainers. You need to look after your feet and knees when you run. A good pair of trainers is essential.
There are a number of shops that will assess your running style and fit you accordingly, such as Run and Become (my personal favourite), Runners Need, The Sweat Shop. There are plenty of others. A well-fitted shoe will help to minimise injuries.
It’s up to you as to how much you are willing to spend, but just make sure your trainers fit, are super-comfortable – those babies could carrying you through a marathon!
Get a bloody good sports bra
Ah yes, the sports bra another essential piece of running equipment.
Definitely, invest in a good sports bra before you start pounding the pavements. Your boobs will be forever thankful and so will your back.
When searching for you perfect sports bra, make sure the cup size fits, it really supports you well – no bouncing, and is made from moisture-wicking fabric to keep sweat away from your skin.
I’m a big fan of the Panache sports bra, it’s rock solid, there’s absolutely no bounce, it just locks you in when you run.
It’s well worth getting fitted and to try out a few styles to find your perfect fit.
The running kit
2. Running plans, apps and trackers
When I first started running there weren’t any running apps. I just downloaded a 0 – 5k running plan stuck it to my fridge and followed that. When I was training for my half marathon, it was pretty much the same thing. I am a low-tech runner.
But if you want additional technical support and gadgets while you run, you’ve got so much to choose from: Couch to 5k, try and outrun Zombies, and others that will track your mileage, speed, calories burnt.
Runners’ World have done a round up of 27 running apps from serious tracking apps to apps that are simply just a bit of fun.
Me. I’ll keep printing out a schedule and sticking it on the fridge, that’s the low-tech sort of runner I am.
3. Running support (not the bra kind)
For me running support is really important. My running support is what’s gets me out in January when it’s dark, wet, cold and miserable and all you want to do is curl up in front of the TV with a glass of wine.
If you’re looking for running support – ask a friend to join you on your runs, training with a partner makes it so much easier when you really don’t want to run. You’re not going to let your running buddy down.
Run Mummy Run
Another great source of support is joining a virtual running community.
Check out Run Mummy Run. Set up by mummy runner, Leanne Davies, this facebook group boasts over 30,000 mummies who are passionate about running and they nurture and support other mummies who love to run or want to run.
There’s so much support within the community, it’s like running with 30000 cheerleaders behind you. Run Mummy Run will be organising virtual races, they sell running kit – the compression socks are famous. It’s how you spot a Run Mummy Runner – look out for the socks!
The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running
The Fat Girls’ Guide to running was set up by Julie Creffield.
She started running in 2003 when she was 20 stone. Julie used running to take control of her life and her health. And now she is a motivational speaker, has a running club, has online coaching, and organises the virtual, free, 5k OneBigFatRun.
Now just do it – get out and run!
That’s all there is to it. Hook up your sports bra, get your kit on, lace up your trainers, open your front door, step out onto the pavement and you’re off!
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