How To Start a Running Routine
Knowing how to start a running routine the right way is key. Many people start a running routine with the best of intentions (such as getting fit, being more active, and getting more fresh air), but they go about it incorrectly, and it isn’t long before they give up on running entirely. Luckily, there are things you can do that will help you stick with a running routine for the long haul.
1. Get a good pair of running shoes. With any physical activity, having the right equipment can be the difference between success and failure. And the same is true of running. Many runners find themselves suffering from joint pain. And, often, that’s because they are using the wrong shoes. A good pair of running shoes can keep you from suffering from ankle, knee, or hip pain. And while a good pair of running shoes won’t be cheap, they are the only think you really need to start a running routine, and will last anywhere from three to six months.
2. Set a realistic running schedule. Many people starting a running routine can be very enthusiastic about it. They are going to run every day, rain or shine. But it’s actually better not to run every day, especially starting out. Instead, you should run about two days a week for the first few weeks, and build up to running three or four days a week, on alternate days. Even after you have become an experienced runner, you should alternate your running days. This will give you body time to recover between runs.
3. Remember, you’re not running a race. This is another case where a new runner’s enthusiasm can get the best of them. When you go for your first run on your new running routine, take it slow. You aren’t running a race, and won’t get a prize for getting where you’re going faster. So take your time. And don’t be afraid to slow to a fast walk if you feel you need to.
4. Set realistic distance goals. If you haven’t done more than run up the stairs in the past few years, expecting to be able to run five miles the first day of your running routine is a little unrealistic. Instead, set a goal to run a mile. Or even half a mile. Then, once you can run that distance comfort, increase it (from half a mile to one mile, from one mile to a mile and a half). Let yourself progress at a slow, steady pace.
Are you ready to start a running routine? Or have you tried before with little success? Whatever your past running experience, these tips will help make running a more enjoyable pastime that you will actually stick with.