Starting is the Hardest Part

Many would be forgiven for thinking that running is a dull, monotonous task. Those of a certain age will remember the trend take shape in the 90’s where you could spot a jogger a mile away as their oversized forearms – a condition common among those running with a CD Walkman – stood out from the crowd like a fluorescent shell suit in a field of pinstripes.

Over the past decade or so, everything has changed, and jogging is no longer seen as the hateful grind it once was. And yet despite this, one thing remains the same – and that’s the difficulties associated with strapping on a pair of trainers and heading out for that first, daunting jog. And in our opinion, that simply won’t do.

Get Up and Go!
So you’ve bought the kit, you’ve downloaded the app and you’re ready to go. But what’s that? Your mates are heading to the pub? So running can wait until tomorrow, right? Wrong!

You’re not alone in thinking that starting is often the hardest part, but until you show a little discipline and commitment to the cause, you may as well stay in the pub. To make things easier, think which one of your weeknights is the quietest and make that your designated running night. By doing this, you’ll be able to work around your new hobby, rather than trying to squeeze it in between your work and social life.

Tap in to the Modern Era
Running in the modern era can be so much fun, providing you’re doing it with all the modern essentials, that is. Smartphones are a jogger’s best friend and can allow you to listen to music, plan a route and check how many calories you’ve burnt all at the same time. All you’ve got to do is make sure you’ve got some of these beauties downloaded, and you’re good to go:

Runkeeper – by using your phone’s GPS, this app allows you to track your routes, record your pace and see how many calories you’ve burnt. What’s more, it’s is great for taking pics along the way, so you can show your mates as many sweaty selfies as you wish.
Zombies, Run! For as little as £2.49, you could soon find yourself running to the sound of zombies chasing you down the street. As you speed up, the groans fade, and if you dare slow down, they grow louder. Awesome motivation for those looking for a different experience.
Couch to 5k Runner – Helping even the laziest of couch potatoes get into running, this awesome app helps you build up to running 5k in just eight weeks. By taking small steps instead of unachievable leaps, Couch to 5k Runner is a must for those who are new to the sport.

Be Prepared
Running isn’t something that should be taken lightly, and it’s really important to make sure you warm up before AND cool down after exercising. But not only that, it’s also important to ensure you take all the essentials out with you during your run.

  • Energy drinks/food – From losing electrolytes to burning calories, when you exercise, your body goes through a lot. Because of this, it’s natural to feel exhausted or shaky at first, so try taking a cereal bar and glucose-based energy drink with you, just in case.
  • ICE, ice, baby – As far as running is concerned, ice can mean two different things. Traditionally, ice can be used to reduce swelling in muscles after exercise, but it can also stand for ‘in case of emergency’. In regards to the latter, it’s always handy to have an emergency contact saved in your phone as ‘ICE’, again – just in case.
  • Get the kit – Nobody wants to be seen running around the streets in their Sunday best, so make sure you’ve invested in the proper gear before hitting the streets. Essential items such as trainers and waterproof jackets are a real must – so be sure to place these on your shopping list before you start.

Feeling inspired? We are! But just remember, running can really take its toll on your body, so resting-up is just as important when you’re starting out. By going too big, too soon, you might actually do more damage than good – so be sure to take one or two rest days to allow your body to fully recover before heading back out for another jog.

Interested in learning more about this fantastic sport? Be sure to keep checking our blog for all manner of helpful hints and top tips coming up!

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