How to Start a Running Routine
How to Start a Running Routine
Let's open this blog post with a quote from who else but Forrest Gump: "That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run."
That little run went to the end of the road, then to the end of town. Next, it went right across Greenbow County and Alabama. This little run went right across America and back again.
Forrest Gump sure had a knack at picking things up. The reality is that starting a running routine is never that simple in real life. Transitioning from the couch to the roads takes planning; when out there, it takes perseverance.
In this blog post, we'll highlight the best way to establish a regular running routine that you can stick with. We'll also look at the different types of running, the importance of having the right gear, and why nutrition is essential. So, get your running shoes on and let's go.
What Is Your Running Goal?
Having a clear goal is essential before you start pounding the pavement. Running can be a tiresome and lonely activity if we don't have some vision ahead of us. You know, some light at the end of the tunnel.
A goal guides your focus and sustains your momentum, even when the going gets tough. Example goals might be to lose five pounds, to run 5km, or to replace a bad habit such as smoking.
A goal helps you to put on your running shoes even when you don't feel like it. It helps you to face another run when the rain is pouring down. Knowing that there is a tangible goal on the horizon can keep you going against any adversity you may face along the way.
Different Types of Running
Not all running is created equal. Depending on your training goals, there are different types of running training most suited to you.
For instance, interval training is running that alternates short bursts of intense activity with long intervals of less intense activity. This is a great way to transition from just walking or slow jogging to more serious running, without making a big jump all at once.
You can also break up your running routine with different exercises on different days. One session can include a longer, slow run while the next might focus on shorter, more intense sprints.
This is a great way to keep your running routine fresh and interesting. So, before you start, find a running routine that works for you and stick with it.
Get the Proper Running Gear
This isn't just about looking good — okay, it's about that, too — having the right gear sets you up for success.
Invest in a good pair of running shoes, that's a must for new runners. This point can't be stressed enough. Also, always be sure to try on running shoes before you buy; shoes that don't fit perfectly will come back to haunt you in the long-run (no pun intended).
Good quality running shorts or tights, tops, socks, gloves, hats, jackets, and sports bras will all make your running routine that little bit easier. Remember, preparation is the key when starting — and succeeding — with a new running routine.
If you like music, invest in wireless earbuds. If you like to dig down into the statistics, a fitness tracker will complement your runs perfectly.
How important is Nutrition for Running?
Central to a running routine is good nutrition. It quite literally fuels your runs. Here are some tips to stay on top of nutrition while conquering your running routine:
- Make a diet plan and stick to it
- Meal-prepping makes eating well easier
- Reduce the size of your meals while increasing the number of meals you eat each day
- Supplements are a great addition to your diet when you are working out more
- A pre-run meal with some carbs can give you a boost during your run
- Increase your water intake throughout the day, even on non-running days
Tips for Running Routines
Okay, so now that you have a goal in mind, you have a running plan in place, your gear is on-point, and your nutrition is working for you, it's time to share some useful tips.
Find a running partner that has a similar goal to you. Running alongside someone makes exercising a whole lot easier--and fun. Not only does it serve as a social outlet, but you both motivate each other to succeed.
Our lives are busy, so finding time for running can be tricky. Before you start, know exactly what times of each you'll be completing your exercise. Whether that is in the morning, during lunch, or after work; having a set routine is crucial to long-term success.
Another useful tip is to keep a diary and record how you feel after each run. This can serve as a motivational tool and let you look back and marvel at your progress. Let's be honest, not every run will be amazing; but your diary will highlight your improvement over time, which is most important.
Making Running Part of Your Lifestyle
As with anything in life, success comes from creating a regular and consistent routine. Goals are not realized overnight. They require patience, hard work, and sacrifice.
Having a focused running routine takes out the guesswork when you are starting to run. Here at Fix Body Group in San Diego and Scottsdale, we show you how to live your healthiest life. Contact our team today to learn more about our range of services.