Running is one of those funny things where people tend to think they either love it or hate it. Now I am no expert when it comes to running, but I honestly reckon anyone can find a way to love it.
Running is one of those funny things where people tend to think they either love it or hate it. Now I am no expert when it comes to running, but I honestly reckon anyone can find a way to love it. I think sometimes, people might think “I’m going to take up running” they chuck on some shoes, head out the door and attempt something like 5k and then wonder why it’s killing them, why they didn’t enjoy it, why they can’t walk the next day! I can tell you why – it’s HARD!! Also, our running skills/technique/speed/capabilities are so completely different so it’s really important from the outset not to compare yourself to other runners!
Tip One: Get properly fitted out for a pair of running shoes. Our feet and running styles are unique creatures so a pair of shoes that work for me won’t necessarily work for you. I do wear the Hoka Women’s Challenger ATR 5. They are an incredibly supportive shoe.
Tip Two: While you’re at the shoe shop get some good quality running socks too.
Tip Three: Look while we’re here – good running undies and bras – I’m a huge fan of the Lululemon Mula Bandhawear thong – some people prefer a brief, and hey some people go without altogether but the idea is your running gear wants to feel as comfortable as possible. I’ve finessed mine so that everything feels perfect! The Lululemon Fast and Free High Rise Tights are the best running tights in my opinion.
Tip Three: Build yourself an epic playlist. Mine is mainly full of Hip Hop, Drum and Bass and Electronic. Music that will put you in the zone!
Tip Four: Vaseline and/or chafing cream is your best friend. Put it everywhere. Between your bits and bobs, your nipples, under your arms. Anywhere that rubs. It will save your life. The longer the run the more you apply haha!
Tip Five: Build nutrition around your run – the pre and post food/hydration is just as important as the run itself.
Tip Six: Set yourself little goals. If you’re just starting out, take it slow!! And walking is NOT failure.
Tip Seven: No one tells you this at running school but there’s a high chance you’ll need to do a poo mid-run at some stage. It happens to all of us so know you’re not alone.
I’m a super competitive person, but I’ve learnt that I will not win a running race, so there’s no point getting down in the dumps about people who are faster than me.
I’m a super competitive person, but I’ve learnt that I will not win a running race, so there’s no point getting down in the dumps about people who are faster than me. What’s the point? What I can control is how I can push MYSELF.
I think once you realise that then you open up to making it your own personal running journey. That’s how I got hooked. It’s something in your mind. Because let’s be frank, running is very hard on the body, and no ONE run is the same. One day you will feel amazing, the next day your legs will feel heavy, and another day you’re a bit distracted. Then, bang – you’re firing on all cylinders again… but the next day you actually just chuck the snooze on and roll back over because there’s no way you’re getting out of bed today. Those days are ok. Chances are it’s your body telling you it’s had a gutsful. Anyway! I love sharing my running experiences so I thought I may as well give you some of my non-expert tips in a bid to help you find the love for it that I have!
By Brodie Kane