Running Tips for Beginners

Hi Guys and welcome to another Blog post!

I am very new to running and I have been trying to get into it for a long time, but I never kept it up until recently. I now try and go for a short 20 minute run a few days a week with at least one rest day. Today I thought I would share some of the tips that have helped me when I'm running and how I got into it.

I think what stopped me from keeping going was the fact that I just felt so worn out after each run. I came back and I thought I was going to either throw up or pass out. This was what put me off and I would stop for a couple of weeks, then try again, feel the same way and stop again. It was a vicious circle. So how did I eventually push myself to carry on? 

My first tip for beginners is to not push yourself too hard too quickly. It can be easy, when getting into fitness, to try and be super fit straight away. Obviously that doesn't happen. If you are like me and have never really done a lot of exercise, then it will take time to build up your fitness levels. I think this is why I was making myself feel sick and dizzy, because I tried to run as fast as I could without allowing myself to take a break. Take it nice and slow and build it up gradually. This leads me onto my next tip and that is to slow down to a walk if you feel like you need a breather. I would not advise you to completely stop when you are out for a run; I find it a lot harder to get going again if I stop. Whereas if I just slow to a walking pace and catch my breath, then it is much easier to carry on.

Another tip that I would give to you is to try running at different times of the day. If you have never ran before you will not know what time of day suits you best. I have tried running early in the morning, mid-morning and in the evening. I now know that I run best in the evenings because I have a lot more energy. Learning when you can run at your best will help you to plan your exercise into your day and get the most out of it.

This one is a bit of a no brainer, but I have found myself making this mistake on a number of occasions. Try not to run too soon after eating. I have quite often gone out for a run, thinking that I have left enough time since eating, and I have developed a stitch being unable to carry on. Now I try to leave at least an hour between eating and exercising. It is not worth rushing to get out and wasting your workout because you can't run any further. If you don't have a lot of time to leave a break between exercise and eating, then go out for your run before you eat.

Change your route. It can become boring running down the same road or along the same path everyday, so change it up. If you are bored with your route, then it is more likely that you are going to find it harder and harder to get yourself out. A change of scenery makes it a lot more enjoyable. Also, try to choose a fairly flat route when you are new to running. Going straight to routes with steep hills is likely to put you off. 

I feel like this is the tip that has really helped me to carry on running and that is to use an app, like MapMyRun (not sponsored). Using apps allows you to keep a record of your progress. MapMyRun tracks your average speed, the distance you ran and also how many calories you've burned. I find that this motivates me to keep running because I can physically see myself improving.

Another suggestion for those of you who are new to running is to listen to music. I find it more difficult to run when I don't have music playing. I don't like listening to my breathing. This sounds strange, but hear me out! If I can hear myself panting, I find that I can't run as far because I can physically hear myself tiring. However, when I have my headphones in, I am focusing on the music and not on the sound of my breathe, so I find that I can keep going for longer. This one is totally psychological, but if it works for me it might work for you too.

And the final tip that I am going to share with you today is to not force yourself. If you are really not feeling like going out for a run and you are literally going to have to drag yourself out of the door, then don't go. If you are really not in the mood then you will find that you will not run as well and you won't get as much out of your workout. This is why it is really important to have rest days because otherwise exercising will just become more and more like a chore, and it is supposed to be enjoyable!

I hope that you have enjoyed this post and have taken some of these tips away. If you have any other tips that I haven't mentioned, then please leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them. Lets help each other out! Subscribe and head over to my social media, which will be linked below as always, so that you never miss a new post.

Catch you next time!


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