Sunshine, bathing suits, and long days makes summer an inspirational time of year to get outside, be spontaneous, and start something new. So it comes as no surprise that most want to start a new exercise regimen during the warmer months. One of the most “no-brainer” forms of exercise is running. It’s a total body workout that burns major calories and all you need is a pair of shoes, a ponytail, and a road!
I never thought I’d love running. A dancer in my teen years, running even just a mile felt like death. Now? I can’t go more than two days without hitting the pavement, trails, or treadmill. Give me a good playlist and there’s no bad mood a run can’t fix. It took time and consistency, but now I’m running an average of three to five miles about three to five days per week.
Maybe you’re one of those people who see runners on the road and think you could only dream of doing the same, you’re bored with your current cardio routine but have never had the guts to hit the pavement, you’ve been walking for a while and it’s starting to feel too easy, or you want to sign up for one of those fun color runs! Regardless of your current routine, if you’ve never run before, it can be extremely daunting, but not impossible!
Running is amazing because our bodies are naturally built to do it. Yup, that’s right, there’s no person who literally “can’t” run. Like any form of exercise, it takes practice and you have to build up your strength to become better at it. But, when there’s a will (and an expert, cue my entrance), there’s a way! I’m going to walk you through the first three steps of starting to run.
- Find the right shoe.
- Find your running style.
- Develop your running endurance.
**Disclaimer: if you have any joint injuries in your lower body (back, knee, hip, ankle, or foot) running may not suit you at the moment since it is harder on the joints than other lower impact modes of exercise. Like any new exercise program, consult your physician before starting it.
1. Finding the right shoe.
Light and airy, cushioned, energized… there’s so many options now when it comes to picking a running shoe. A blessing and a curse, right? Brooks Running has made this process easy with their Shoe Finder function. Remember those Cosmo magazine personality quizzes? It’s just like that! After answering a few simple questions they can match you with the correct shoe! It’s like online dating for your feet.
2. Finding your running style.
This is the fun part because your running style is just that, yours. As Brooks Running’s Run Signature puts it, “Informed by our scientiﬁc research, we assess the way each body naturally runs. Then, we empower runners with choice on how they want to experience the run—be it soft, springy, ﬂexible, or fast.” We are all born with different strides, balance, coordination, and muscle patterns and Brooks believes in supporting each person’s individual structure. “The answer to reducing injuries, enhancing comfort, and improving performance is not to change or fix a runner’s “flaws,” but to work with the natural and highly individual motion paths of the joints. The focus then becomes keeping the runner in this path of least resistance for as long as possible during a run.” Proper running form is not a one size fits all. That is why Brooks make shoes built to enhance all running styles! You don’t fit yourself into a shoe, the shoe fits you!
3. Develop your running endurance.
Never run before? Start with alternating between three minutes of walking and one minute of running for 15 to 20 minutes. Just a beginner with some running experience? Start with alternating two minutes of walking and one minute of jogging for 15 to 30 minutes. If you’re a little bit more advanced, you can swap this to one minute of walking and two minutes for 20 to 30 minutes. Every week decrease the walking and increase the running by 30 seconds until you find yourself running continuously! Repeat this two to four times per week.
So tell me, do you like to run? How did you start running? Thinking of starting a new running program? Let me know any further questions you may have in the comment box below!
Health and happiness,
*Disclaimer: Brooks Running sent me free gear in exchange for this blog post. However, all opinions and statements are my own. I truly love this brand!