BEFORE my weight loss journey I had never ran, ever. When I say I couldn't run from one lamp post to the next, I literally couldn’t. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I felt sick, dizzy and I was definitely not having fun!!! But I kept going. 1 day became 2, which became a week and so on. There were bits of me that hurt and ached so badly. But I kept going.
RUNNING in the end, became contagious. Something that I needed in order to find a tiny piece of quiet in a maelstrom of crazy. I both loathed it and loved it equally, but I am truly grateful I kept going as it became a massive catalyst for change. Ever wondered how to even start, well start easy.
STRETCH well. If your body hasn’t ran before, take some time to warm up well. And then stretch some more. Start with a brisk and then a slow walk, so push hard in your brisk walk and really get your heart rate up. Then when this is easier try a slow jog between each and remember to drop to a walk. If the distance is too short, try two lamp posts. But remember to drop your heart rate in intervals, it will give you much greater fitness benefits.
THE other important point here is that frequency is vital. There is no point to only go out once a week, the duration is not great but the frequency is everything.
What kit do you need?
A good pair of trainers and some comfy clothing, is all you really need. Trainers are definitely something that if you spend a bit more the quality speaks for itself. The tread is also important, something with a grip will be crucial if the weather is poor. The other important piece of equipment only applies to you ladies out there. Buy a good sports bra. Trust me - its not a great feeling when more of you jiggles than expected.
Why are intervals important?
Intervals are an excellent tool to get you started. They prevent boredom, provide you with a goal and increase your fitness much quicker than just choosing a steady pace. When you have been running at a pace for about a month, up the pace and get quicker. Alternating tempos is critical to achieving quickly.
Try a different tempo?
If you are finding yourself dreading it, go out and do the same as a brisk walk. Or if you are feeling energetic go faster, but alternate what you are doing, it will make it much more interesting.
So, remember don’t run before you can walk, you need to build up what your body can do!