Whether you’ve run, jogged or walked any amount of distance before, or if you were simply in awe of everyone running 26.2 miles yesterday, here’s our top tips on how you can take your steps further and start running today.
The London Marathon is one of the most incredible things to watch on TV every year. The pro runners, the people are running for charity and those who are just their to soak up the incredible, buzzing atmosphere, the whole thing makes us want to put our grubby old trainers on and run as far as we can, as fast as we can. Now, that’s not what we’re about to tell you to do. But here are a few ways that might help you to get on your feet and out and about, hopefully, feeling great.
Couch to 5K
Maybe your first step is to actually get outside, and that is perfectly okay. That’s what the worldwide app ‘Couch to 5K’ was made for. It was designed by runner, Josh Clark, to get you up off the sofa and gradually build up your stamina and strength so that eventually, you’ll hit that 5K mark. If your biggest challenge is just not knowing where to start then this is right for you. The NHS have produced a series of podcasts to maintain encouragement and generally help you along the way and you can download these here.
Parkrun is a free event that is now held all over the globe in thousands of locations. It’s as simple as turning up and running. You and hundreds of other people will make your way around a super friendly marshalled course and get a time at the end. People run with prams, dogs, kids, the lot and the best bit? Everyone encourages you, no matter how fast you go, whether you run, jog, or walk, you will be cheered on the entire way. You get awarded for all sorts of milestones, like your 50th run, your 100th run, and get to wear special bibs if it’s your birthday.
Get yourself a running buddy
There’s nothing better than finding someone to run with. Not only will they keep you company, but it means you have someone to drag you out the house when you might be feeling lazy, and vice versa. Your running partner will become the person you share your achievements with, you share your injuries with and obviously the one person who will understand exactly why you needed that new sports bra, even though you have plenty at home. Once you begin jogging with someone, it makes going to events like Parkrun easier and you may even feel more motivated to sign up to races when you know you’re not going it alone. You’ll never want to run by yourself again.
Track your progress
It’s easy to get disheartened when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Maybe you’ve had a bad week and not felt like running, or perhaps you just feel a bit sluggish and wanting to give up. If you’ve tracked all every run you do, you can look back and realise just how far you’ve come. Use free apps on your smartphone like MapMyRun or Strava to store your progress, and maybe invest in an armband to keep your phone safe while you run. Don’t compete against anyone but yourself!
We hope that these tips help you on your way to a running life. No matter how far, fast or slow you run, you are still a runner. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you at the London start line next year?