Do you want to get into running but scared of the pain associated with beginning your running training?
Active.com, who are responsible for the “couch to 5k running App”, have come up with 10 tips for new runners, below I have explained a few of their tips for runners;
Perhaps the number 1 mistake that new runners make is starting out training where they want to be & not from where they currently are. Running is a hard form of exercise to get into because it can be quite high impact for the body and requires a lot of muscle strength and mental stamina. If you start from where you want to be, then training will be a lot more painful than it needs to be & you will burn out a lot quicker! Starting from where you currently are may even require you to start by writing out a walking program initially & building up towards a run, which the “couch to 5k running app” could be great at helping you do!The second tip is DON’T compare yourself to other runners in terms of their speed & running stride. Also don’t be ashamed of where you are starting at for your running training compared to others, everyone has to start somewhere!!
Tip three, make some running buddies! Not only can this be a great opportunity to make some new friends by joining a running group but finding yourself a running buddy can help encourage you to keep up your training & push yourself a little bit further each training session. Try and find a buddy who is at a similar stage of their running program as you are and has a similar running style, so that you are making good progressions but not pushing yourself too hard, too fast.
Make sure that you regularly mix up your running training. The body survives better with a running program if you’re mixing up your training & including rest days. For the best recovery & to build stronger muscles the body needs to have at least a couple of recovery days a week between your training. As well as having rest days in your training, changing your running routine also challenges the body & helps to make further improvements in strength.
Make sure that while you’re running you let your body be the guide as to how far & fast you should run, as well as how quickly you should progress your running training. If you are feeling exhausted or sore, it generally means it’s time to give your body a bit of a rest. Never push through pain. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort while running, stop, your body may be telling you it’s time for a rest. If this pain or discomfort doesn’t go away then the best advice I can give you is to go and see your physio or doctor.
Lastly, be patient. It will take some time to build up your running stamina & capability. Your running training should be enjoyable, not stressful, so be patient and enjoy the journey!
For more information on the other tips for new runners please visit http://tinyurl.com/mt8ckhg
If you would like to look at getting the “couch to 5k running app”, this link may help you: https://www.active.com/mobile/c25k