My body aches, my lungs burn and I curse with every single step I take. I am of course talking about the horrible experience of me trying to go for a run. Sounds familiar? Then keep on reading.
Running is arguably one of the most accessible, efficient and popular form of exercise. Millions of people all over the globe love to run, either outdoors or on a treadmill. Me however, not a fan. But according to several magazines and professionals I can be.
After having done some research I found some tips on how to become a runner and actually end up craving the tracks. The craving part is doubtable, but learning to enjoy running has sparked my interest. Let´s take a closer look:
Letting go of my limitations
Ok, according to the world-wide web, several magazines and professionals out there it seems like the first step towards becoming a runner is to let go of my limitations. Meaning it is time to shut down that voice in my head saying I can´t, I am not made for this and that I will die. Also, stop comparing myself to others and remember that we all have to start somewhere. In short: positive thinking I guess.
Using my breath
The trick seems to be to use your breath to find your pace. Here I thought it was music, but ok. It´s said that proper pacing depends on factors like how far you´re going (not far), how fit you are (ehe, not so fit) and your genetic ability (hmm, knee problems run in the family). The typical thing we newbies do wrong is almost always start off too fast and then burn out (seems accurate). A tip is to switch between walking and running in the beginning (that I can do).
Vary your run
Don´t run the same round every time, it seems to be the number one reason many of us loose our motivation. The tip is to vary your run, since there are so many different ways to run: short, long, intervals, in terrain, inside, along with others or alone. By varying it, it´s said to be more fun.
Don´t run every day
Practice and repetition is key to success, but according to most articles you should not run every day. Thank God, an advice I can easily follow. Seems that doing too much of a good thing isn’t so good, and I couldn’t agree more. The recommended amount is three times a week. Honestly, I think one will do for me in the beginning. Recovery is important you know.
Make it a social thing
There is no better way to boost your motivation than to get a running partner. However, keep in mind that you are not supposed to compare yourself to him/her and follow the signs your body is sending you. Not sure if somebody is at my level here, but if you are call me.
Now it remains to test the theory. Are you with me?
By: Henriette Danielsen