It’s all fine and dandy to say you want to do something but actually sticking with it is the key. I have 5 great tips that will greatly help you in starting out in this new sport. The first one is to set your schedule. You will want to decide how many days a week you want to run and write them down in a planner or however you want to keep track. You can even write down the exact time you will be running so that you can really plan around it and actually do it.
Secondly, you want to make it a routine. When something becomes routine it’s so much easier to do. It almost becomes natural and you won’t have to write it down anymore, you will just instantly know when it’s time. Also, we as humans are creatures of habit so it will eventually become something that you just have to do or that you feel you need. It’s also good to run at the same time of day because that will also help you establish the routine easier. After 2 weeks you will notice your running skills getting better and that will help motivate you to continue.
Another great tip is to set a goal. Setting a goal is going to help you reach your ultimate plan or larger goal. You will want to have both long term and short term goals to work towards. Start with a simple goal that you know you can attain as this will help you stay motivated and not loose you’re focus. When you do reach your goal, reward yourself with a treat as this will keep you in good spirits.
The fourth tip would be to eat healthy and control your portion sizes. Not only is this going to help you to have more energy to run but will also help your body to lean down. I highly recommend green smoothies with lots of different fruits and eating a mostly plant-based diet. Runners are usually lean and trim. It’s easier on your joints and your entire body to be your appropriate weight for your height when running. I also recommend not eating too heavy before a run otherwise you might get a stomach cramp.
Last but not least, is to find a running buddy. It’s so much easier to have someone to talk to and enjoy the run with. If one of you is feeling down then the other can help motivate you to go and vice versa. You don’t have to go with someone every time but it’s definitely nice to have the support. Plus, time goes by so much faster when you’re having a nice chat with someone.