It looks like Spring is finally on its way! The evenings are getting lighter, the weather is a little warmer, and (touch wood) it’s a lot drier. This is the perfect time of year to take up running. It’s not so cold you’ll give up after your first frost-bitten trip, and not so hot you’re likely to drown in your own sweat after ten minutes.
The Correct Large Running Shoes can help your running regime
Running is a fantastic form of exercise. The kit is minimal, you don’t need a gym membership, and you can do it anywhere. Not only is it good for your body, it can also help with stress relief and improve your mood!
Lots of people decide to take up running in the Spring, so we thought we’d help you on your way with some running tips:
- If you’re really unfit and don’t exercise regularly, don’t suddenly try and launch into running 10K. Start off with walking, and build up gradually. A good idea is to walk along a road with evenly spaced lamp posts and begin by running to the next lamp post, then walking to the next and so on. If you build up gradually, you’ll minimise the risk of those pesky early injuries that often put people off.
- Always, always warm up and cool down properly. Do some mobility exercises for both your lower body and upper body before starting, and stretch thoroughly once finished. This will help to ensure you don’t get any injuries – and aren’t too sore the next day!
- Try to be consistent. It’s better to run once or twice a week, every week (regardless of the weather!) than to run every day in one week, and none in the next week. If you’re still sore from your last run, just go for an easy walk instead. The point is to remain active consistently, rather than just having short bursts.
- Sign up for a small race locally, a few months in advance. This will give you a goal to work towards and something to aim for. It’ll also get you up and off the sofa on those days when you’d really rather be watching a box set!
- You don’t need huge amounts of expensive kit for running but it is definitely advisable to get a good quality pair of running shoes. Wearing badly fitting running shoes can cause problems, not only with your feet but with ankles, knees, hips and even your back as well. Bigfootshoes stock a great range of running shoes for those with larger feet that will be perfect to help you on your way!
- Get a running buddy! Find someone of a similar ability to you, and arrange to run with them. Having to meet someone else means you’re less likely to decide not to go at the last minute. Running alongside someone can help you to pace yourself in the early days, and also help you to keep going when you feel like you’d really rather just have a little lie down on that bench over there. You can motivate each other to achieve great things!
- Keep a running diary – of how far you’ve run, how long you were out, perhaps even a score out of 10 for the run. This can be great to look back at in a few weeks’ time and see how far you’ve come. It’s a fabulous motivator!
- It sounds scary, but hill running can be a great way to improve your running stamina. Steps are also good. Find a hill with a reasonable incline, start at the bottom, and just power on up it! This is also a great way to instantly see how far you’ve come. If you throw in one hill running session a week, you’ll quickly see improvements not just in your ability to run up a hill but also your normal runs.Join a club. A running club is the best way to get access to excellent trainers, tips, motivation, affiliation for race entry and encouragement from your fellow members.
- Have fun! Your running shouldn’t be a chore. If you don’t enjoy running on roads, find a map and choose an off-road route where you can take in some wonderful scenery on the way. Put some of your favourite tunes on your MP3 player, wear something that makes you feel comfortable and just enjoy yourself.