One of your most common questions is how I started running and if I could share any useful tips. So here come my tricks on how to start running. Becoming a runner was one of my dreams, and I’m so glad that I’ve achieved it! Oh and what’s best about running: you don’t anything but good shoes and so you can start right now!
- Start slowly: Especially in the beginning running can feel quite hard and exhausting. I started with 3km, during which I always walked and jogged for a minute by turns. That’s how I managed without dying halfway. 😀
- Pace: Don’t run too fast! If you could talk easily during running, your pace is just right!
- Motivation: Running is the easiest way to burn calories. Running forms your body. And when you keep running, it will get easier every day!
- Distraction: I always listen to positive music, the radio or an audiobook – that’s how I forget what I’m actually doing!
- Positive factors: Surround yourself with positive things: pretty sportswear, a nice surrounding, sunshine instead of twilight. That makes starting the run easier!
- Don’t overdo it! Some people will tell you to run 3-4 times a week. I think that’s way too much! You’ll soon get tired of it. For me 1-2 times a week was enough.
- Goals: for me it’s really helpful to have a goal that I’m training for. Signing up for a run is what works best! But remember, that it doesn’t have to be a marathon! A 5k run will be good, or maybe the 10k New Year’s Run. And always sign up a few months before, so you’ll have time to get in shape for it. This is so motivating, because you won’t want to crawl through the finish line, right? 😉 (Read more about my next goal and join me here!)
- Just get running: laying around on the sofa wondering if you should go running or not, won’t help. Running just takes 20-60 minutes, so stop thinking and get running, you’ll be back before you know it!
- Routine: As soon as running 1, 2 or 3 times a week turns into a routine, you’ll stop thinking about it. So make it a habit!
And because you asked: For me it took just a few weeks to manage fully running the 3k. By now I can easily run 21k, even though my training consists of only 5-12 km mostly including little walking breaks. Oh and nowadays I don’t need to think about going for a run anymore – I just do it, and I have learned to enjoy it!
Do you like to run, how much do you run and what are your goals? Do you have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to comment!
And now – have fun running!