A lot of times people wonder how I started getting into running. I was never active, suffered from pretty bad asthma and then suddenly I was running. If you can call jogging for 15 seconds and then gasping for air running, that is. It wasn’t easy getting started. It hurt my lungs. I suffered from shin splints pretty much constantly for months. I don’t want it to suck for you as much as it did for me, so I’m just here to give you a couple little helpful tips for if you’re just getting into running.
- Make sure you have the proper shoes for you feet. You can read more about this in my article on why proper running shoes are important.
- Set up a training schedule. My goal was to be able to run a 5k so my schedule may look a little different from yours. I started out running 3 days a week for 30 minutes, at different intervals. In my opinion, interval training is one of the best ways to work on your stamina. I used the Zen Labs Couch to 5k app and found it to be incredibly helpful to me. They also have apps for 10k, half marathon, and marathon.
- You will be sore at first, especially if you haven’t ran much prior. Please, make sure you always stretch before and after a run. If stretching doesn’t seem to be doing the trick for sore or tight muscles invest in a foam roller or roller stick. Just be sure you know the difference between your muscles being sore and things like shin splints. It’s important to take time off if something doesn’t feel right as pushing yourself too far can result in injuries.
I hope you found this useful, and best of luck to you!
Happy running, Hailey.