Tooting Mama’s guide: How to start running

Tooting Mama’s guide: How to start running

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

Now this is entirely up to you. You can go all out and get all Lulu Lemoned up, channel Beyonce in Ivy Park.

Or you could like me, make a dash to Decathalon for good quality running gear at a reasonable price. As a treat, I do love a bit of Sweaty Betty . And H&M has great, stylish running gear too.

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.

I’ve had a lot less support while living in Paris (just read about my attempt at joining a running club in Paris).  I’ve lost and found my running mojo, but running has become now a habit for me.

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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    • Tooting Mama
      January 21, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thank you – check out run mummy run, it’s an awesome group.

  1. Becky Clark
    January 18, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I used to enjoy running so much. It was my carefree, happy time. But now like most other things I just don’t have the time. I really need to start making more of an effort for me. Maybe 2017 is my year to start running again!
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      I hope you make 2017 your running year, maybe enter a race???

  2. January 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I used to love running, as a single mum it’s really hard to do. I have managed a few runs with my son on his scooter – it’s not quite the same as running solo but at least it shifts some calories. Needless to say we get a lot of funny looks in the park – me running round in circles trying to encourage my son to scoot in the right direction whilst puffing and out of breath! #KACOLS

    • Tooting Mama
      January 16, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Running with the little one is better than not running, and you both get a workout. I’ve been out with the dog and the kids on skateboards following me. People stopped to take pictures! Who cares, I was running!

  3. January 14, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I’m really trying to get back into running so this is a good kick up the bum. I definitely need to head back to Run and Become for new trainers. Mine are from 2013 ?

    • Tooting Mama
      January 14, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Aww thank you! Treat yourself to some lovely new trainers, then hit the roads!

  4. Emma and Family
    January 13, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I used to run loads and then got out of the habit of getting out the house and going and now have lost all my fitness! I need to get back out there because I miss it!
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 13, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Oooh you need to get your trainers on and get your running mojo back! You know you want to, give that running itch a good scratch!

  5. Emma
    January 11, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I used to do a lot of running while I was at university, but since having the boys I can’t do it anymore. I’d recommend a really good sports bra for any sort of exercise though!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 12, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Oh yes, good bra essential sports equipment, and it’s worth not scrimping on that!

  6. January 10, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Great to find a running related article with humour. Makes it feel accessible no matter how unfit or new to running that a person might be.
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Awww thank you, I’m chuffed you enjoyed the article!

  7. January 10, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Great advice and I like that there are many support groups out there, I think I would really need that if I were to start running. My OH and son both do the 5k park run most weeks but so far I just do the cheering on:)
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:37 am

      You should join them! I haven’t done a Parkrun yet, will do when I get back to the UK.

  8. January 10, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    This is such great advice, I would love to get into fitness and always think how good it would be to not only run, but to enjoy it. I cant bring myself to brave the cold just yet but in the spring I might force myself out! Thank you for linking up with #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Thank you! But I am sure you are pretty fit running after your brood!

  9. January 9, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    The rare times I’ve done inning I love it. Sadly my body doesn’t. A migraine sufferer and potential inheritant of arthritis, many professionals have recommended I avoid this activity.

    Still reckon I’ll do it one day lol.
    Fab post and great tips.

    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Oh! That just sucks. I hope you find something else that suits, maybe yoga?

  10. January 9, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I loved reading this! I ran for years before I got pregnant with my eldest, and they got pregnant six weeks after having her so all in all I’ve been out for far too long. I tried to get back into it in the Summer but I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped, I’m a cross trainer at heart but I do love a good run. I for one will definitely be taking some tips from your post, thanks for the motivation! Thankyou so much for linking up to #Blogstravaganza, it would be great to see you again next week x
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Aw thank you! I hope you come back to running – when you’re ready!

  11. January 9, 2017 / 11:13 am

    This is such a helpful guide for anyone hoping to start running. Sometimes it’s just taking those first steps (or paces?) which is what you need help with. I love the sound of ‘The Fat Girls’ Guide To Running’ too!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thank you! Delighted you love the post.

  12. January 9, 2017 / 9:58 am

    Once I lose a little weight and get a bit fitter I want to get back into running more x

    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Don’t put it off – start now!

  13. January 9, 2017 / 7:22 am

    I love running and really need to get back to it. It’s just too cold at the minute lol

    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 8:56 am

      I know it’s freezing, but lined running tights are awesome!

  14. January 8, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I find it so hard to find a sports bra to fit me. It’s so annoying.

    • Tooting Mama
      January 11, 2017 / 9:56 am

      I completely agree! But Bravissimo is worth checking out.

  15. January 8, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    All those ideas are fab! But I am not sure you convinced me to go running sorry, I think I will pass on and have a glass of wine now lol #Blogstravaganza

    • Tooting Mama
      January 8, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      And I shall assume that will be a lush glass of French wine, enjoy!

  16. January 8, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    What a great post! So many handy links. This time last year I started a couch to 5K. I let the whole thing slip in the second half of the year so I’m determined to get on track this year. #blogstravaganza

    • Tooting Mama
      January 8, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Oh I hope you do! I know how easy it is to let it slide, I have been there so many times! Keep going this year!

  17. January 8, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Oh I love this! I used to run quite regularly (only small distances, 10k being my maximum) but find myself stopping every year in winter and having to start up all over again, which is definitely the hardest part. This has motivated me to start again so thank you. I totally agree on the trainers, I used to feel like my ankles were going to shatter (I’m not dramatic at all…) then got some proper running trainers and they never felt like that again x #KCACOLS
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 8, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Hey, I hope you do start again. I know how hard it is to start again after stopping, I’ve done that so many times. Well, you go get yourself a pair of new super trainers at start running again! Woo hoo!

  18. January 8, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Love this post! I’m not much of a runner but I love working out and any posts that help kick start others is great. #kcacols

    • Tooting Mama
      January 8, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      It’s that time of year! All the chocolate has been eaten, the alcohol drunk, but it’s now too miserable to contemplate getting out and getting fit, but we have to do it! If someone is inspired to take up running – that’d be amazing!

  19. January 7, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    A few years back I decided to take up running. I printed off a plan that worked up to running for 30 minutes. It took many months to achieve this goal. And once I could do it, I stopped running completely as I really really hated it.
    I am so in awe of people who enjoy it but I much prefer a good walk instead 🙂

    • Tooting Mama
      January 8, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      You did this right thing, if you hate it don’t do it, it only makes running a chore and a bore! A good walk is just perfect.

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