Running can be a bit scary at first.
Take it from me, a person who retired from her 7 year soccer varsity life and just lost control of her life(&weight). But in the past 6 months, I have been slowly progressing from long walks to slow jogs to uphill sprints. And now, I just finished my first 12k race! Can you believe that??
I find running very therapeutic. Plus, it is a full body fitness and thats all about overcoming your fears and beating your personal fitness challenges. Oh when you do, you will feel invincible! Here are a few of my tips before you hit the pavement!
Even though we can tend to get a bit excited when we start, your body is not going to adjust to high intensity workout on your first attempt. Start with frequent walking, hiking, swimming and jogging to help you building strength and develop resilience for more intense future workouts.
..Work Your Way Up
Trainers usually suggest starting with low intensity exercises for people beginning any kind of fitness workout plan, but if you are a regular gym junkie like me, you feel guilty when you take some time off. By alternating between walking and jogging in shorter intervals, it can help you get in the groove to a good running schedule.
I started mine with a 2 minute run and 1 min walk then worked my way up to 8 min run and 1 minute walk.
Get The Right Gear
One of the best things about running is that the gear is actually pretty low maintenance. The only thing pretty vital is if you wear a normal bra to run, you should change that to a well fitted sports bra to your workout look. I wear the Nike High Intensity Sports Bra and the Milennx Sports Bra in Beatrix.
When it comes to long distance runs, I like bringing a Nike Running Belt so I can carry my car keys and phone with me too.
Only Run With Running Shoes
We all know us girls, love mixing and matching our cute workout clothes but the most important piece of the puzzle is running shoes. You should always and only be running with shoes that are made for running to avoid any injury or discomfort.
Legit running shoes can be a bit pricey but they are also a necessity. Nike does a bunch of running shoes that are widely available(and cute looking & can match with your cute outfits).
Do Dynamic Stretching
First things first before you run/jog, you have to stretch. It allows your body to warm up before you go the long haul. What I usually do is I walk about 200-300 meters then I do some static stretching, like stretching out my calves, ankles, knees and thighs.
**All photos and video were taken with a Sony A6000**