Rookies Guide to Running(Jogging)
As a rookie to event running, I’ve often questioned what I needed to do in order to even start running. Did I need to have a specialist trainer assigned to me? or did I have to join an elite group? I chose to take up a more gentil approach and started walking several miles every other day half hour plus leisurely walks.
I mixed short bursts of running (1-2 mins) into my walking and steadily increased my running time so I was running comfortably at around 25-30 mins. This took me around 1.5 to 2weeks in the beginning.
I wanted my training to be as pain free as possible but expected a little discomfort as my body embarked on the new venture of running. Thankfully my minor ailments were dealt with by regular stretching and active mobilisation of joints.
I bought myself a pair of £12 trainers from Dunnes and haven’t looked back. They provide the support and comfort that I needed for the type of running I was doing.
I found that a treadmill seems to give you speed without much effort, which makes running simpler and is softer on impact so is friendlier to your knees than road running. Having the options of different incline levels can give you the sense of running on the road.
Running outside requires the input of your own inertia to move you forward as such I’ve found this works slightly different muscles in your legs and feet. Mixing the treadmill with road running has given me a stronger running pattern because of this and so hope to continue training this way.
All in all, the key thing for me is to constantly remind myself that I am not an elite athlete but an ‘Everyday athlete’ who loves to run and lives for fun.
Keep training safe and I wish you good luck in all you do.
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