• 23Oct

    Five Simple Steps to running

     

    Over the last couple of weeks, you may have read or watched the amazing feats of athletic endurance. First, something that I have waited 40 years to witness. A man running a marathon in under two hours.

     

     

    And less than 24 hours later the women’s world record for the marathon was also broken

     

     

    Both feats were amazing and inspirational.

     

     

    In the days after those extraordinary feats, I was involved in a conversation with an Irish journalist regarding people who wanted to take up running for fun.

     

     

    Here is a transcript of the conversation

     

    What advice would you give to someone looking to get into running? (Not so much to do marathons or anything like that but just as a way of exercise a couple of times a week)

    The advice that I have for newbies who would like to run for fun or more is to find out if your nearest athletics club has a beginners running group. If there isn't a club close by then, search online for a local running group who have beginner sessions.

     

    A lot of apps allude that you can go from a couch potato to running 5k in 8 weeks, is this realistic?

    I have designed strength training programmes that include "couch to 5k" for clients. Completing it in 8 weeks is doable. However, I feel that 12 weeks is better — less stress.

     

    I find jogging or running difficult, and I give up on it quite easy. I have no problem going to the gym or doing classes, do you think the most difficult part about jogging is the mentality to keep going?

    Part of the problem people have with running is the lack of company. Have someone to talk to can make all the difference. Some people plug their phones into the treadmill and watch something from a box set, some people have their running music, and some people play an app (Zombies run!) where they are a part of the game.

     

    What advice would you give to push through?

    The most challenging thing about running or any sport or activity is that your mind will play tricks on you. If you think that you need the push that you get from a class, then join a running group and make new friends.

     

    Alternatively, put your headphones on and lose yourself in a zombie run. Every runner, beginner, world record holder or Olympic champion will at some point go through a motivational blip. Just keep going as the real improvement to either your time or distance is only the other side of the blip.

     

     

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