I hated running. It was boring, tiring, and took so long. Running wasn't my thing until I graduated college and started to feel the tensions of work stress and real world struggles. I started lacing up my shoes just so I could escape the 'noise' and have a mini daily getaway to reflect and find peace. This daily routine gave me a new found love, and now I run regularly for the same mental benefits.
If you're interested in running and don't know where to start, here are my top 5 tips:
1. You don’t have to fast, you just have to start: It's not about speed or distance, it's about making the choice to be active. I’m not the fastest runner, and never claim to be. I compete against myself and not against others.
2. Mix up your runs: Chose a couple of different routes, preferably ones that start at your front door (you’re more likely to go for a run if you don’t have to travel to the starting point). Mixing up your routes will allow your body to go different distances and elevations - and it keeps things fresh and new.
3. Sign up for a race: Go ahead and sign up for a race. Whether it’s a 5K, 10K, ½ Marathon, or Full Marathon, pick a race that will challenge you. Investing in a race and marking it on your calendar will keep you motivated to train and reach your goals.
4. Get fitted for running shoes: If you have a running store locally, go and let the experts fit you for shoes. Having proper shoes will help prevent injuries, blisters, shin splints, etc. The right shoes are worth the investment.
5. Everyone has a bad run: Don’t get discouraged if you aren't able to do what you thought you should. Even the best runners have bad runs. Think about what was the cause so that you can learn from your experience. Maybe you started too fast or didn't eat properly that day. No worries, tomorrow will be better.
And if running isn't your thing (remember it wasn't mine either), find your soul workout and get to moving.