Running is a great way to get fit, feel better and even form new relationships with other fitness people. Starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be hard, all it takes is a comfortable pair of shoes and a willingness to move a little or a lot, all at your own pace. The Well Guide makes it easy to get started, get inspired and stay on track. Are you ready?
No matter how fit you are, I will guide you to becoming a runner in a few simple steps.
Some people are natural heel-strikers while others tend to lead with their toes. The good news: neither form is inherently better than the other. And you are less likely to become injured if you simply maintain your natural stride. The more you run, the more comfortable that stride will feel and even better the more efficient your body will become.
Fuel Your Body
What you put in your body is just as important as what you wear when you start running. Consider food as part of your gear.
What to Eat
Make a fist. That’s about the size of what you need to eat before and after you run. So, think appetizer, not meal. It should also include carbs with some protein.
Don’t attempt a new running exercise program if you’re not feeling well.
Get well first. If you have the following symptoms, definitely wait until you feel better.
You don’t have to do this alone, but only workout with someone in your immediate bubble.
Progress at your own pace.
Make sure you can walk for 30 minutes at a time before trying to run.
If you haven’t been walking regularly and you attempt to go straight from a sedentary lifestyle to running, skipping the walking parts, you’ll increase your risk of injury.
Run slowly at first.
During your first days of running, your running pace should be only slightly faster or exactly the same speed as your walking pace. And if you’re running too fast, you’ll likely find yourself gasping for breath.
So take it slow, especially at first, as your legs and lungs are building up to running. Don’t worry at all about speed or distance covered. It simply doesn’t matter. You should be able to talk, at least a little, while you’re walking and running. If you can’t, you’re going too fast.
As you build on your experience, after several weeks or months, you can start thinking about pace and distance and signing up for your first 5K race.
Make a schedule for yourself and stick to it.
Consistency matters, and especially now, in the days when schedules have suddenly been upended and it seems we have a lot more time.