If you read my last post, you know I have taken up running (more frequently) again. My boyfriend actually suggested I write a post about how to get back into running and I thought that would be a good idea, so that is what I will be posting about today. I am not an expert when it comes to exercise or running, but I have run most of my life. These are some tips that I have for getting into running for the first time or getting back into running after a long hiatus, like me.
1. Find your favorite time to run- I think this is super important because it makes you more motivated to run and it becomes more routine for you. Personally, I like to run in the afternoon or evening after eating something. It gives me way more energy and I don’t feel forced to wake up at like 4am to run before work.
2. Start small- This is something I used to be terrible at. I always wanted to run for 40 minutes to an hour at 7 minute pace. This is not practical when starting out or restarting. Start with a walk run, or a 10 minute run. This helps you build up and make small improvements each time you run, but also keeps you from expecting too much from a run or dreading running each day.
3. Make a new playlist- Music can be so motivating. For me, I really only listen to music when I drive, which totals to around 20 minutes a day. Going out for my daily run is an excuse for me to listen to my favorite songs or a new playlist I made. So try making a new playlist with your favorite motivational music to get you out the door and working toward your new running goal.
4. Mix other exercise in with running- Restarting your running journey doesn’t mean you have to run everyday. I’m sure you have other forms of exercise you like to do other than running. I know I do. Mix those activities in throughout the week so running isn’t the only thing you. Maybe run 3 or 4 days a week and do yoga, hike, bike, lift weights, etc. the other 1-3 days a week. I find this works best for me as I enjoy other exercise like biking and don’t want to force myself into another running rut.
I hope these tips help at least a little bit with your personal running journey. I am sure I will come across new tips during the next few weeks as I get back into running, so there can always be a part 2 to this post 🙂