Tips On How To Start Running

I want to start running, Where do I begin?

For some people just to starting Running is a mind blowing experience and that puts them off starting their new journey. So I have put together some tips on how to start running. This will cover the basic’s for you to break the ice in running.

Walking

Its all about learning some basic techniques to help us prevent injury and make the most of our running. Lets start walking.(What this website is all about running not walking.)You have properly heard the saying you need to learn to walk before you can run, that’s quite right. If you can’t run constantly try a mixture of running and walking or if you run out of steam just walk. This will help build your body to cope with the challenges of running.

Injury free

The Goal at this stage for everyone should be running with out getting injured this is why we are taking things slow to start then building up. Learn to listen what your body is telling you. The number one reason for people not wanting to run any more is injury. If you are feeling aches and pains and wanting to go out for a run DON’T have some more rest until your body is 100% ache and pain free If these problems still persist please go see your doctor or a physiotherapist.

Running shoes

Get some proper running shoes just because they cost a lot a money does not mean they are they are the best, on the flip side tho don’t do for the cheapest pair you can find either. When you a looking for a new pair of running shoes the main thing you should consider is comfort. Don’t be afraid to try on as many running shoes as necessary to find the perfect pair for your foot shape. Just to let you know though it my take a while for you to find your perfect pair of running shes because trying them on is different to actually going out running in them.

Form

Running form is anther area that we need to consider this will help your body get the best out of your runs and help prevent injury. The hardest thing when it comes to keeping good form on you runs is when tiredness kicks in, then your form starts to change.

The best area to start with when looking at your form is your posture. Here are three things to consider when thinking about posture out on your runs.

  1. Run tall
  2. Keep your head up and look forwards
  3. Hold your hips high picture yourself running over the ground rather than in to it.

Learning

Running to get fit vs getting fit to run? In my eyes running is a journey and to get better to succeed at any thing we do in life not just running, we need to get better so if you find areas of you running that you know you need work on learn about them, research and master the skill. You could start with Pilates or yoga to help you build body strengh. If we are not constantly learning how to get better at what we do we are just running to get fit. This will not only help enjoy running for years to come but assist you in staying injury free.

And that’s it simple straight forward.

Is there any thing you would add to this list. please leave a comment below.

 

 

20 thoughts on “Tips On How To Start Running”

  1. This are good tips. Something that helped me when I started running again after an 8 year break was to take a cold shower right after running. It was like a giant ice pack for my whole body and really helped reduce the aches and pains.

    1. Thanks for the comment Hazel. I believe that the cold show trick boosts your metabolism and helps aid recovery. I am a wuss though and always prefer a hot shower after my runs

      1. When I read that I was thinking the same thing! But if is boosts your metabolism and helps aid in recovery it seems like something to consider though I do not believe I could hardly stand it. Are ice baths any good after a run and if so what is the benefits? Thank you 🙂

        1. Ice baths shock your system and boost your metabolism also. It is like when you are told to drink lots of cold water but on a larger scale. It would all depend on your goals. to weather you wanted to go down this route or not I would say it is for the very extreme though. Thanks for the comments.

  2. Great post! I want to start running, you writed well about injury, it is very important to know all of this steps if we have never run before!

    1. I agree that’s why I want to spread the word to help give people the joy and happiness running has brought me in my life.

      Thanks for the comments.

  3. Thanks for this article James. I dont usually run but I attended 2015 and 2016 color run in Toronto. Not that pro though… It makes me tired right away… lol… Your tips are very helpful for newbies like me since I am considering running to get fit this summer. Atleast its cheaper way of getting fit. And youre right, injury like body or muscle pain makes me dont want to run again but Im trying to work on it… Hope to read more about running.

    1. That’s what I like about running the most the fact that anybody can do it and it doesn’t have to cost you anything.

      Thanks for the comments.

  4. Never really paid attention to how I was running, but now I know my form was wrong. Great post, learned a lot of information that I thought I already knew, thanks for sharing.

    1. A lot of people don’t watch this space thought I will be bringing more running technique content to my website.

      Thanks for the comments.

  5. Love the FORM part of the article… When I get fatigued I tent to start leaning towards the ground. I will keep repeating your 1… 2… 3… points on form. Thank you!

    1. That does work very well for me but have a play around with it you might have a better idea that works for you.

      Thanks for the comments.

  6. I am sure running outside would be better than inside, but my running exercise always ended up on the treadmill… I like the treadmill because of its various functions. Does it make a difference between running outside and inside on the treadmill?

    1. What a great idea for a future article. I just find it more relaxing with all the natural see nary and it has also more motivation to keep you going. Thanks for the comments

  7. Hi James

    I have been walking on a daily basis now for about 7 months and my cardiovascular fitness has increased a lot. Although I used to run quite often in the past, I don’t really do it at present. At this stage would you suggest I stop walking and start running or include both together?

    Thanks =)

    1. Start slowly and build back up I push myself more eack time when i get home from a run, when I feel I have not been challenged. Run for a bit see how comfortable you feel then qalk for bit do that for a few weeks or until you feel ready for running constantly. Thanks for the comments.

  8. Hi, James. I used to run hurdles and 100m dashes back in school (not that I was any good at it though!). These days I just walk my dog in the evenings, cycle and do yoga. Last I joined a run was for a race against cancer organized by a local telco company here. Maybe I’ll consider running again. There is always a marathon being organized in the country and collecting those medals is fun too! 🙂

    1. There is no more joy than running for a fantastic charity or cause its like a win win you are reaping the health rewards and other people in the world are benefiting from your efforts. Cycling and running do go hand in hand just to let you know lol. Thanks for the comment.

  9. Hey, James!

    I’ve just joined a running club because I need to get back in shape again, so I definitely need a few pointers. Especially since I’ll be jogging with pro runners who have been doing it for years. I’ll need to keep up lol.

    I must admit, I do find it challenging to keep a consistent running pace. So I think a combination of both walking and jogging will make it much easier until my body has adapted.

    Your other running tips are also appreciated, and I will certainly bear your advice in mind when it comes to buying a pair of running shoes too.

    Neil 🙂

    1. You have got it start slow and build up it is a marathon and not a sprint. I am over the moon you have joined a running club and with you all the best of luck, most importantly have fun and enjoy it 👊

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