Don’t Run BeforeYou Can Walk. Helpful Tips For Newcomers

Don’t Run BeforeYou Can Walk. Helpful Tips For Newcomers
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By Benjamin Kerry - Runner
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Don’t Run BeforeYou Can Walk. Helpful Tips For Newcomers

Don’t run before you can walk. Helpful tips for newcomers

For most of us, there are probably few things more intimidating than trying to embark on a whole new exercise regime for the first time. Running is a classic case in point. In theory, it’s easy and simple enough – just run. But in reality, certain aspects of running can definitely be a little tricky for novices to get to grips with.

So, don’t rush into running, to such an extent that you risk hitting a snag and being deterred from this wonderful activity forever. Instead, equip yourself with the below novice-friendly advice.


If you’re hesitating, give it a go anyway

As long as there’s no health or practical reason not to run, really, you should run. Have you ever heard the phrase, “anything that’s worth doing is worth doing badly at first”? Well, running definitely comes into this category.

After all, people of more-or-less all shapes, sizes and fitness levels run. You can do it without having much real expertise, or even very much time. If you have 10 minutes to literally run around the block, why not run around the block? Just make sure you do it slowly at first, so that you don’t unnecessarily injure yourself or ‘knock yourself out’ with exhaustion.


Keep your expectations in check

We’re all guilty of it, when taking on something new, bold and exciting like running: “before I know it, I’ll be doing marathons!” Or “wow, I’ll look so fit and toned in a month’s time”... or “I’ll definitely rack up 10 miles today”. You get the idea. This is dangerous talk.

When you’re only just starting to run, I’d urge you to take things easy. Even “gentle” running is likely to leave you more exhausted and sore than you initially expect. So, be prepared for a rough beginning, in the knowledge that you’ll find it easier over time.


Look for a running group or buddy

One thing that sends motivation skywards when you’re getting into running for the first time, is having a supportive running group or buddy. These are the people who’ll be counting on you to turn up for every run the group has planned – and you won’t want to let them down.

As for where you’ll find these people, check online for information about local running coaches who might work with novice runners. Alternatively, ask your local running store whether they know of running groups for beginners.


Invest in the right equipment

While I’m talking about running stores, these can be great places to look for essentials like dedicated running shoes, as well as technical fabric running shorts, tops and socks. Technical fabrics are great for running clothes, as they allow your body’s moisture to rise to the surface, where it can evaporate. By contrast, swerve well clear of 100% cotton.

And of course, you’ll want to have the right protective eyewear, too! Specialist glasses will shield your eyes and face from the elements – but make a list of the essential features you’ll need, such as scratch resistance or anti-fog, before you decide on any pair of specs. The sportTECH range here at Ryders Eyewear presents options at an amazingly wide range of price points.


Remember – alternating between running and walking is just fine

It’s not a coincidence that I titled this article like I did. For runners, walking can often be just as good as running. Walking breaks aren’t a sign of failure – in fact, they could be brilliant for building the strength and endurance that will help you with your running.

So, don’t be afraid to sometimes swap a run for a walk. If this is your plan on a given day, I’d suggest taking the number of minutes you would have run, and doubling it. So, if this is a day when you would have otherwise done 30 minutes’ running, have a 60-minute walk instead. Nor should you feel pressured to do this workout in one go – splitting it into a morning walk and an evening walk could work really well, too.

You see? Running doesn’t have to be utterly terrifying, even if you’ve never done it seriously before. Take those gentle steps equipped with a little knowledge, and you, too, will be a ‘proper’ runner. Everyone has to start somewhere when taking on a new challenge, so there’s no shame in being gradual and tentative. In fact, it’s the very thing that new runners should do. 

March 2, 2020
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