Since the Pandemic started gyms have closed but along with that the weather is getting nicer day by day. This is the perfect invitation to get out and start a new fitness journey as a runner. According to CNN, “Running is enjoying a boom because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.”
Running is one of the easiest sports to start because it doesn’t require much equipment and you can run almost anywhere. Although currently some running paths are closed and in some places your are required to wear a mask even when running.
I remember when I first began running, the first thing that I did was to get a new pair of running shoes. I got fitted at a running store because there were so many choices of running shoes and I wasn’t sure what was right for my foot. When I first started running for more than just cross-training for other sports I started to run on the trails with friends. It was what hooked me to running. There was nothing better than cruising along on dirt trails through the woods.
Here are some tips for the new runner:
- Get a new pair of running shoes. Fit is key. You want running shoes that work with your foot shape. I run mostly in Hoka One One which are a high cushion shoe that works with a narrow foot.
- Select some new running clothes. Find something that you will be comfortable running in. I love Skirt Sports for Running Skirts, Tights, Tops, and Capris. If you are more of a shorts wearer Oiselle is a good place to start. Other companies that I love as well are GoLite and Rabbit.
- Start off easy. A good place to start might be a Couch to 5K program. The run-walk method is also popular.
- Find an accountability buddy. Start running with a friend. Even if you cannot run together because of the stay at home orders you can talk together about your running plans and cheer each other on.
- Make a plan. If you pick a plan to follow for running the chances are better that you will stick with it.
- Join a Virtual Running Retreat. Rise.Run.Retreat. offers Virtual Running retreats, a weekend with other runners joining together virtually to talk about running and with great motivational speakers to help inspire you.
- Choose where you want to run-a rail trail, a wooded trail, a dirt road, the track, a road. There are so many great places that you can go for a run, you just have to find the right place for you.
- Hydrate. Hydration is key no matter how far you are running. You need to make sure that you are well hydrated before you start your run. When you have finished running choosing an electrolyte drink such as gatorade or Skratch Labs is a good idea.
- Fuel. It can take time to learn what works best for you in terms of fueling. You should eat 1.5 hours before you run so as not to upset your stomach and it’s best to start off with complex carbs and a little protein.
- Warm-Up. It is important to warm up your muscles before you start running. Here is a great warm-up series from Amanda at Run To the Finish.
- Music or no music. This is a personal preference. Headphones are ok depending on where you are running but if you are running in a high traffic area then I recommend skipping the music.
- Rest. When you have finished your run you need to make sure that you take adequate rest time before you start your next run.
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What are your best tips for the newbie runner?