Top Tips For Beginner Runners With Runr
8 August 2023 by
8 August 2023 by
As part of our exciting new partnership with RunR for the Ipswich Half Marathon on 17th September 2023, they’re sharing with us their top tips for beginners as they prepare to take on one of our events.
Runr are hugely passionate about the running community and praise it for its positivity and inclusivity, both qualities that here at Run For All we champion too.
All runners begin somewhere, and hearing from others who have learnt from their mistakes is a great way to ensure you get off to the best possible start to your journey, and as you progress and build your mileage.
Running is a great way to get fit and to meet a ton of amazing people who all share the same interest. By sharing advice and suggestions, we as a community can help each other.
Runr have taken the guess work out of it and looked at some tips to help you get started and make the most out of your running:
If you're new to running, it's important to ease into it to avoid injuries. Begin with a combination of walking and running, gradually increasing the amount of time you spend running as your fitness level improves.
Invest In Decent Running Shoes
Visit a specialist running store to get fitted for running shoes that suit your foot type and running style. Wearing the right shoes can prevent discomfort and reduce the risk of injuries. They might cost a little more than you had in mind, but it's a valuable thing to invest in which will help you enjoy your running journey even more!
We also think the right headwear is a must, but then we would say that as a way to promote our range of lightweight, breathable running hats and visors..... ;-)
Consider A Training Plan
A great place to start running is with a training plan. As we are all built differently and have different abilities, the same plan doesn't work for everyone. This is where reaching out to a private coach, or using an app like Coopah, can be really beneficial so that you have a personalised plan created specifically for you.
These plans often gradually increase your running distance and intensity over time, helping you build endurance while reducing the risk of overexertion.
Listen To Your Body
We've all done it - you lace up your shoes and head off for a run without thinking about it. One of the most important things to consider is listening to your body.
Pay attention to any discomfort or pain while running. If you experience persistent pain, it's important to rest and seek professional advice if necessary.
Pushing through injuries can lead to more severe problems and no-one enjoys being on the side lines waiting to recover from a niggle.
Join In With The Running Community
Consider joining a local running group or find people who have the same passion for you in online communities of runners. Connecting with other runners can provide support, motivation, and valuable advice.
We've witnessed it over the years and it's a truly positive space to be involved in!
Have Fun And Enjoy The Process
Remember that running is not just about achieving goals. It's also an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, clear your mind, and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Celebrate your progress and don't forget to have fun along the way. If you earn yourself a medal from an event, then why not join in our Medal Monday competition each week!
Remember, everyone's running journey is unique, so listen to your body, adapt as necessary, and enjoy the many benefits that running can bring to your life, both physically and mentally.