We all know the feeling: you wake up after a long night and scroll through your Facebook feed with your eyes barely open, only to be bombarded with Sally’s 5k photos from that morning. As you cycle through initial emotions of hatred and jealousy, it finally dawns on you: I could do that too.
Whether you’re ready to hang that shiny race medal on your wall or want to take the casual jogger approach, we’re here to help.
At the turn of each new year, beginner runners hit the roads and trails ready to go. In February, the number of runners on the roads significantly decreases. Why?
“All you need is a good pair of shoes and a t-shirt”. Yes, we all know to wear the right shoes and how to put one foot in front of the other. The cold hard truth: there’s so much more. From learning how to embrace the mental toughness (running is hard!) to finding out what on Earth a fartlek is, research is key. Running is a low-expense sport that can be done anywhere but it’s important to do your research ahead of time to stay on top of the game. Who knew you could find the path to a PR by sitting behind a computer?
2. Find a good plan at your speed.
Not all plans or runners are created equal. Maybe you nailed that first 800 meters of your interval workout at a record pace. ...but what about the next three? Beginner runners often make the mistake of starting out too fast and are unable to complete the workout to their best potential. Consistency in training is key.
3. Embrace the jog.
Not every run has to be your best and not every run will be your best. Excuses aren’t hard to come by but it helps to tell yourself to get out there for just one mile. No speed work, no watch, just one little mile so you go to bed knowing that you ran today. Hey, once you’re out there, maybe you’ll even tack on an extra mile or two.
4. Run with a group.
Most local running stores will lead a group run once a week. Here's a little secret: beginners are welcome. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, you may be slower than everyone, but once you get past the one moment of scariness, you’ll find your speed increasing each week. Plus, it’s a great way to pick up new running tips!
5. Buy the right gear.
Proper shoe fitting, proper shoe fitting, proper shoe fitting! How else will you display those Night Runners?! In all seriousness, the right shoe is worth its weight in gold. Ask for help at your local running store to make sure you find a shoe that works for you.