I get a lot of questions like “how do I get started running” or “I want to run but I don’t know if I can”. Because I’m not a runner, I thought I was going to ask my buddy Jeremy for advice, who knows what he’s talking about. So I gave him carte blanche for this article – and get ready, he’s very neat.
Yeah, I’m teasing the title right away, but it’s real life.
3 years ago, I weighed 15 kg more, I smoked, I drank too much alcohol, then I started to run… and that’s what I want we are talking today! How do you get down to running when it looks dark and difficult? As I always say so well… Let yourself go, it will be fine.
The first time I ran, it was 11 minutes. I tasted blood in my mouth, and I saw small white dots, signs of a fairly near faint.
Today I can run a marathon and have fun. In between there has been a world, and no one needs to be this extreme and that comes to the first question …
But why do you want to run?
The 3 point question.
Your relatives will ask you the question, your friends who do not want to change anything too.
Prepare some ready-made excuses for non-athletes , it helps!
- To clear my head
- To eat more than before
- To continue drinking wine while staying in shape
- To meet people
In short, choose things that don’t freak them out too much.
How? Yes I know these excuses are perfect for you too, they will allow you to start running without putting too much pressure on yourself. It’s just a little sport after all, and we’re here to have fun.
There you have it, first key concept: starting to run is good, but you have to do it at your own pace, and because you want to do it . In sport and in food, your number one enemy is frustration.
So we come to point 2.
How to start running?
There are as many ways of doing things as there are coaches or runners I think, but for me the most important thing is to go gradually.
I think you start to really enjoy yourself when you can run 30-45 minutes at a cool pace without suffering too much. Before, you will have to be a little tenacious (or stubborn, as you wish) and force yourself.
Some tips for getting started:
- Do not go too fast, at the beginning you have to work the total time, not the speed.
- Listen to your body and think about rest
- Help yourself to a cool playlist
- Do not hesitate to walk if it allows you to continue a bit
- Above all, have fun.
- And look around, running is a way to discover great places when you don’t have much time.
PS: The bonus point, after a workout, you can eat more.
What if I like it and want to go further?
Jackpot, you have passed level 2 and you want to exceed your limits.
You will need to set goals and structure your training A LITTLE.
Gradually add outings, increase distances, test yourself in speed on short portions, register for a first race, challenge your friends.
All means are good to push the game a little further. Yes, it’s just a game. Running can be a wonderful sport if it isn’t taken too seriously. It’s a bit demanding sport, but once mastered it is a real source of pleasure, fun, and much less individual than you might think.
In short, it will be good, it will be very good even.
Yes but me, I just wanted to lose weight, are you getting a little carried away right?
Not at all! At equivalent time of effort, running is the sport that burns the most calories. However my host will surely repeat it to you enough (and I am sure of it, do not lie!), the important thing is not so much the weight loss, but the gained health, and the pleasure that one spring.
Eat better without being too radical, exercise without getting too crazy, and ultimately have a fairly balanced life as a whole. I think that’s the coolest thing I learned from running.
Okay, I’ve talked a lot – it’s going to be up to you to ask questions in comments I think.