Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How to Start Running

Put one foot in front the of the other, quickly repeat, it’s easy right? Erm no. There’s a big difference between thinking you should take up running and actually getting out there and doing it. If you’d asked me this time last year if I’d ever be a runner I’d probably have laughed at you, I couldn't even get to the end of the road without stopping. If you do want to start running here are a few little tips which helped us get over the initial barrier, before you know it you’ll be calling yourself a runner too!


Have some motivation, it doesn't matter what it is. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to build stamina? Do you need an excuse to buy more trainers? It doesn't matter what the reason is but there should be a reason. Having something to keep you motivated is what will push you forward in those early runs, just keep thinking why you’re doing it!


Consistency is key. Seriously. This is where I was going wrong at the beginning. You need to set a realistic routine and stick to it, even if you’re only going 2km two days a week it’s the consistency that will help you improve. Set your route and your day and make sure there’s nothing that stops you going.


Buddy up. If you’re finding either of the two points above difficult perhaps what you need is a friend to go with. Having someone else to run with will motivate you to go that bit further (or faster) it also means you’ll have someone else to answer to it you try and flake on your run – you wouldn't want to let them down would you?

All the gear with some idea. We’re not saying you should go out and dress yourself head to toe like a pro (anyone else thinking of Joey and the Porsche?) but it’s important that you are wearing correct shoes. Loads of sport shops can do a free analysis to tell you what you need to be looking for in a running shoe and believe us it makes a difference!


Stretch, stretch, stretch. When you first start out it might seem like an easy step to skip. You've just got back, you’re tired and want to sit down. No! Make sure you properly stretch after your run, it’ll avoid injuries and you’ll appreciate it in the long run.


Join in. When you start running you’re joining a massive community and you should make the most of it. There are loads of running groups  you could join to meet up with like-minded people or free events to help you improve. Parkrun is a fantastic one for people wanting to progress beyond running around the block and wanting to push themselves a bit further! We’d like to think you reading this article makes you a little part of or community too 

Hopefully we've inspired you to grab your shoes and plan your route with our top tips for beginners, don’t forget it’s easy to follow Coffee & Avocados via Bloglovin', Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so you can always stay in the loop.

Happy Running! 

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