“Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days…I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I’m done with my run, I’m done with it.” — Rob Haneisen, runner
The concept of tossing on a pair of shorts, wrapping myself in a running jacket and tieing up my runners as I head out the door to let my brain unwind and let my legs take me where they please, leaves a euphoric bliss in the back of my mind.
However, the reality of my last “run” that lasted 25 minutes of awkward limb movement, parched mouth and just a general unease, defeats that bliss far too quickly.
Luckily for you and I, there are simple steps we can take to ease off those pains and in a short period to find our runners high.
Step 1: Clothing
You wouldn’t ask your dentists to perform a kidney transplant on you. So why would you ask your daily pair of flat walking around shoes to take you on a 6k run?
We are lucky to have these companies put their research and development into finding out how our bodies move when running, and then moulding the perfect shoes to aid in that.
If you are starting and want to make this new lifestyle last longer than one single run, then go ahead and invest the money in a pair of proper running shoes.
And while you are at it, toss that cumbersome heavy hoodie aside and buy yourself a lightweight running jacket to keep you warm on those cold mornings.
Step 2: Tracking
No better way to gauge how well you did your first few runs than with a running app. I would choose Human for the beginner. Human isn’t the most advanced app out there, but its one of the best for helping motivate people like us!
Step 3: Contact a Friend
The ability to go out for a run and let your brain wander were it wants to go, allowing the cares of the world to flow away for that time is the goal.
But to start, it may be a wiser move to have a friend be your co-pilot on this journey. Having someone to relate with as you go through the ups and downs of beginning something new can be beneficial. And they can help push you when you feel like giving up.
Go ahead and reach out to someone you trust who won’t quit on you.
Step 4: Be Realistic
Being honest with yourself is an essential step in my mind. Take your running goals with a dash of reality.
Life is still going on around you. You will have an event to attend, a cold may come up, heck even a blister that can’t be outrun. We are after all only human, so don’t let those speed bumps derail your vision.
Take them in stride, and look forward to your next opportunity to hit the asphalt.
Go slow, go steady and go with all your heart